Direct Auto Insurance has announced two new mobile device capabilities that can help customers monitor their driving habits, potentially save money on their auto insurance, and make paying their insurance premiums more convenient.
The free DirectDrive app is available form both iOS and Android platforms, the app grades users based on safe and responsible driving. Also, a new text message payment option offers customers a simple and convenient method to pay their Direct Auto Insurance bill through their mobile phones.
Users can also receive Direct Auto Insurance quotes and locate the nearest Direct Auto Insurance location through the app, while current customers can pay their bill through a secure, one-touch payment system.
Direct’s use of technology to help customers save time and money also includes a new SMS payment option. As long as customers have a mobile phone and a bank account, they can text in their monthly payments either one day before or up to three days after a due date without late payment fees.Direct will also send reminder texts to make sure no customer misses a pay period.
“Approximately 56 percent of American adults own a smartphone, including many of our customers,” said John Mullen, President and CEO of Direct Auto Insurance. “As we continue to seek more convenient ways for our customers to make payments and lower their rates, one of the best solutions was to bring these options directly to our customers through their phones. Customers can now make payments from anywhere at any time through the DirectDrive app or a text message. And by learning more about their driving habits through the app, our drivers will be able to take steps to reduce their monthly insurance bills.”
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