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  • Apr 05, 2023

Insurance Tip of the Month - How to Save on Your Tean Driver's Car Insurance

When do you need to list your teen driver on your car insurance policy and how can you make this additional coverage fit in your budget?

It is certainly not inexpensive to get car insurance coverage for a new teen driver.

When a teen driver is added to their parent’s policy, the typical insurance premium for a one-car family is likely to
increase by about 40-50%. If you’re a multi-car family, then you will probably see your insurance rates go up even
higher. And, if you’re opting to reward your new driver with a car, and expecting them to secure their own
insurance policy, you should prepare yourself – or your teen – to pay at least a couple thousand dollars in car
insurance costs.

So, we understand why parents might want to hold off on getting auto insurance for their teen driver until
necessary. However, even if you think your teen will only occasionally be borrowing the family car, the fact is they
are now a licensed household member. As such, if you do not add them to your current policy as a covered driver,
you risk being denied by your insurance carrier for any future claims, having your coverage terminated, or both. In
addition, should you decide that you want to shop around for a better car insurance rate, you will also need to
make sure your teen driver is listed on all of your insurance applications so that you get an accurate quote and
adequate coverage.

At HUB International, we are happy to help you explore all of your coverage options and available discounts to
keep your costs reasonable once your teen becomes a full-time driver. Some of these strategies are listed below.

Six tips for saving money on your teen driver’s car insurance

  • Taking Advantage of Discounts such as Good Student, which rewards teens with a grade point average of
    “B” or higher. If your student is eligible for this discount, it may save you hundreds of dollars on your car
    insurance premium.
  • Completing Defensive Driving Courses can earn you and your teen significant monetary credits
    towards your policy premium. Even more, your teen will hopefully drive away from this course with a
    better understanding of how to keep safe behind the wheel. Since even minor fender-benders can drive
    up your insurance costs, it’s critical that your teen – as well as all other family members listed on your
    policy – do their best to keep their driving record clean of any accidents and moving violations.
  • Investing in Accident Forgiveness can limit the financial impact in the event your teen does get in a car
    accident. Since 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age, we recommend that
    our clients with teens strongly consider this endorsement which can cancel out the surcharge points that
    are typically assessed by your insurer after an accident.
  • Sharing a Vehicle With Your Teen rather than giving them their own vehicle may allow you to classify your
    youngster as an “occasional driver” rather than the primary driver, which is another excellent way to keep
    your insurance rate lower. If you decide, however, that your teen will need a car of their own, it may
    make financial sense and keep your insurance costs down to assign them as the primary driver of the
    family vehicle that is the least expensive. Are you adding a vehicle to your household for your teen to
    drive? Look for a car with safety elements, such as anti-lock brakes, air bags, and anti-theft devices, as
    insurers will often reward you for having these features with lower car insurance rates.
  • Monitoring Your Teen Driver with today’s technology can not only help you keep an eye on your teen
    when they are on the road, but also earn you discounts on your car insurance premium. Some insurers are
    now offering devices to parents that can be installed under a car’s dashboard that create a report
    card of your teen’s driving behavior. Information may include the number of miles the car covers, how
    fast your teen is driving, the hours the car is on the road, and how often your teen slams on the brakes.
    Insurers with this program are providing discounts ranging from 15% to 30% to drivers who achieve
    predetermined safe driving benchmarks.
  • Raising Your Deductibles which in turn lowers your premiums. However, this is only a smart choice if you
    are comfortable knowing that you might end up having to pay a larger share of costs for an accident out
    of your own pocket.

The team at HUB International has helped thousands of families like yours across New England adapt to having a
teen driver in their home. We know that your child’s newfound independence is exciting but may also cause you
some stress and anxiety. As your insurance partner, we want you to know we will not only focus on finding you
competitive rates for the newest driver in your household, but we will also make sure that your coverage provides
the optimal protection for your family’s increased insurance needs. HUB can help make sure you and your teenager are insured properly.

While there is a natural desire to look for ways to cut costs on your insurance as your teen becomes a full-time
driver – and drives up the cost of your premium – it’s definitely not the time to decrease your coverage limits or
eliminate optional coverages. In an effort to save money, you could leave your teen and all other drivers in your
home dangerously underinsured and at financial risk should they be involved in an accident.

Instead, it’s an excellent time to review your current auto policy with your insurance agent. At HUB International,
we strongly recommend that our clients with teens carry more coverage than the state’s minimum required auto
insurance levels and that they opt for additional coverages such as collision and comprehensive. We also want to
make sure that they are taking advantage of commonly overlooked car insurance policy options that can save
them money, stress and time like Bundle & SaveDisappearing Deductible and Loan/Lease Gap Endorsement.

Finally, because teen drivers are unfortunately an accident-prone age group, once your child gets behind the
wheel, your liability risk inevitably increases. So, it’s not a bad idea to consider adding an Umbrella Policy to your
insurance solutions for those worst-case scenarios where your teen is in an accident and is found at-fault for bodily
injuries to others or damage to other people’s property. For a minimal investment, this type of coverage may give
you the peace of mind that your savings, investments, retirement accounts, and your family’s financial future are
protected from an accident-related liability claim. The most important thing to know, though, is that in the event your teen is ever in a car accident, the HUB International team will be here to help the claims process go as smoothly, quickly, and fairly as possible.

If you’re ready for a more personal relationship with a trusted insurance agent who can help you make an informed decision about car insurance for your teen driver, call HUB today. As a member of GFA, you don't have to choose between getting the coverage you need or saving money. To have a representative from our insurance partners reach out to you with more information or to provide a quote, please click here.

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