Police thank Drive Like A Girl for alerting them to student’s crash


A black box telematics device saved the life of a student who crashed his car and suffered a brain injury.

Max Charles, 20, was driving back from a nightclub, according to local news service Go Surrey, when the crash happened.

The emergency services were called by his insurer, Drive Like A Girl, after the telematics box notified it of a heavy collision near Leatherhead – a 10G impact.

The Vauxhall Corsa was found in a field with Charles slumped over the wheel. The roof had to be cut off to get him out.

Charles spent five days in a medically induced coma. No drugs or alcohol were found in his system.

Surrey Police later tweeted a thanks to Drive Like A Girl. The crash happened on 28 November, 2013, but Charles, who has suffered physical and emotional problems since the crash, has only just spoken about the ordeal.

Charles said: “I simply got the black box to keep my insurance down. I did not know anything about the emergency services alarm feature. To find that out after the crash was an actual moral booster in a way.

“I was very lucky to have that black box. I have another car now, a Ford Focus, and I made sure I have a new black box in it. I would urge young drivers to get a black box. I am sure I would be dead if I did not have it.”