Any interaction with the device while the vehicle is in motion is captured as a Device Manipulation or Distraction Event. That’s because any form of phone use – including at stoplights – is one of the most dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel.
- Screen touches, such as viewing or sending a text or email, swiping a notification closed, answering an incoming or placing an outgoing phone call or listening to a voicemail while you are actively driving will count as Device Manipulation/Distraction event.
- Bluetooth/Hands-free Phone calls
- Device movement while you are actively driving, such as holding the device in your hand or movement in a bag on the seat or floor will be captured as a Device Manipulation/Distraction event. Device Manipulation/Distraction events will negatively impact your FICO® Safe Driving Score.
Remember, your FICO® Safe Driving Score represents a rolling 7-day average, so you always have a chance to improve on your score with each new Route.
TIP: Incoming calls, emails or texts/notifications while driving will not count as a phone manipulation if you do not respond to them.