Parents and teenagers often disagree on a number of issues, but saving money on car insurance is one issue that they should agree on. Many times, it’s the parent that is paying for the premium charges and the teenage driver isn’t too worried about the expense. It’s not until the parent sits down with their child and explains the process of purchasing insurance for them and the vehicle, how coverage is decided, and what it takes to pay for the policy that the teen starts to understand the importance of this insurance. Teenage drivers who can grasp the value of the coverage may decide to care more about how safely they are driving, especially when they realize how much accidents cost and affect an insurance premium.
For The Teenage Driver:
Teenagers are placed in a different category of drivers than their parents. When they are ready to be put on a policy, the insurer automatically assumes them to be a high risk driver due to their lack of experience. Don’t take personal offense because this is decided based on the statistics showing teenage drivers being involved in a high number of accidents. If anything, take responsibility and keep your driving record clean, which means free from accidents and traffic tickets. If you can manage to do this for three years, you will begin to see a decrease in your premium rates.
Something a teen driver can do is offer to help pay for your part of the rates as a secondary driver. It becomes an expensive bill as more drivers are added to a policy and parents might offer more flexibility in their rules if they see you trying to make an adult-like effort and taking financial responsibility for your activities. Taking advantage of the good student discount might help lower your price, but you will need to provide proof to the insurer of receiving a B+ average or better each marking period.
Look for a vehicle that is insurance friendly. It may not be the most popular car in the market, but an automobile that helps you get lower rates will be easier on your wallet. Vehicles that are a few years old, have safety features, and aren’t flashy sports cars will be your best bet. If you’re curious about which specific cars will help you save money, contact the insurance company and ask what rates they would charge for different cars.
For The Parent:
Parents are always looking for ways to save money with their children’s endeavors, and saving on car insurance is nothing different. One way to help save on future premium hikes is to set an understanding with the teenager of what is expected, or rules that need to be followed and the consequences that will be experienced if they cause an accident or receive a traffic violation. Some rules could include the specific hours the teen may drive (sun up to sun down), who is allowed in the vehicle when the teen drives, whether or not the radio or cell phone can be used while driving, or how many miles the teen is permitted to drive per week or month. These rules may only need to be enforced for the first year of driving or they may need to be in effect for longer, depending on the teen. As your child demonstrates an ability to follow your rules and state traffic laws, you can more easily trust their driving skills and lighten up on certain expectations. But, this doing is choice of the parent.
Another idea is to expect the teen to contribute in paying for part or all of the premium charges. Many parents require their teenagers to pay for their portion of the insurance rates before the policy period begins. This is another way to instill responsibility in the teen and help them understand the values of money and good coverage. It is cheaper to keep the teen driver on the parent’s policy and not create a new policy just for the teen, especially when they are listed as a secondary driver because their use of the car is limited by the parent.
Working together as a parent and teen team is the best way to save money on insurance for the teenager. Look around to find the best price by comparing what each company will offer. An easy way to do this is by utilizing the Internet for quick results. Start with comparing quotes on our site by entering in the local zip code and then answering the remaining questions that appear on the next webpage. Providing honest, accurate answers will ensure receiving a list of quotes that are great estimates and ones that won’t change at the time of purchase (if you choose to make a purchase). This can even be done for teens who only have their driving permit and have some time before they turn 16 and are eligible for a license. These kids do need insurance and can be added as soon as their permit is qualified.
Go over the list of quotes to see which one is cheapest. Then, look through the companies who are providing the quotes to find out more about them. Show the teen how to properly compare companies beyond the given prices. See which companies have a strong financial status and great customer service rates. Showing them this process might have a lasting effect so when they are old enough to leave home and purchase their own policy, they will know just what to look for. Write a list of the pros and cons of each company, and then make a decision.
It could also be valuable to go through a couple things before the teen is allowed to drive. For instance, explaining what is and is not covered on your policy will help the teen better understand the estimated costs of repairs when damages occur. Also, go through the process of what should be done if the teen is involved in an accident, such as who should be called and what information will need to be given to the officer and other driver.
Auto insurance for teenagers can be quite expensive, but when there is a mutual understanding of what is expected between the parent and teen, a higher chance of saving money happens.