Young drivers are notoriously difficult to insure for a reasonable rate. Why? Because, statistically, young drivers get into more accidents than older, more experienced drivers. But there are things you can do to ensure that your young driver pays less for car insurance. Here are 9 ways to get cheaper car insurance for young drivers.
#1: Compare Rates Between Companies
Number one on your list when you are looking for a lower car insurance rate for a young driver should be to compare rates between companies. Some insurance companies are young driver “friendly” and some are not. Locate the lowest priced car insurance company and switch to that company.
#2: Get More Experience
It may seem like a bit of a Catch-22, but young drivers who have more experience may be eligible for lower rates on their car insurance. But it is impossible to get more experience without driving for a while on a higher rate plan, right?. Ah, but there is a way to get around the “more experience” criteria inherent in just about every car insurance plan.
Sign up your young driver for an extra class in driving to get a discounted rate on car insurance. Classes like Pass Plus are a great way to ensure that your young driver gets extra driving instruction and experience. Many insurance companies offer special discounts for young drivers who have completed such a course.
#3: Add and Adult
Young driver insurance rates are typically higher when there is not an older adult as primary on the insurance plan. Add an older adult – a parent or an older sister or brother – to get cheaper rates on insurance for your young driver.
#4: Drive a Base Model Car
Anyone who has had car insurance knows that the fancier the car, the more expensive it is to insure that car. Although every young person wants to drive a flashy car, young drivers should stick with only base model cars at least for the first few years of driving; they are simply cheaper to insure.
#5: Install a Tracking Device
Although as a whole the category of drivers that includes young drivers is viewed as a risky pool of drivers to insurers, not every young driver is a risk. To show insurance companies that they are smart, safe drivers, many young drivers have volunteered to install tracking devices in their cars that give their insurer a picture of their driving habits. In return, the insurer generally offers a discounted rate.
#6: Lower the Level of Coverage
Older, experienced drivers typically enjoy cheaper rates. For this reason, a comprehensive coverage plan is far more affordable for them. But to insure a younger driver on a full coverage plan can be cost prohibitive. Insure your young driver with a plan that covers only liability to get a cheaper rate.
#7: Raise the Deductible of the Plan
Consider an insurance plan with a higher deductible for your young driver. Higher deductible plans are, as a rule, less expensive than lower deductible plans.