A teen getting their license can be a very exciting time as it usually means less running around for the parents and more independence for the teen. Usually these young motorists just want to grab the keys, jump in the car and go, the last thing on their minds is auto insurance. However, the increased cost of auto insurance is most likely on the minds of the parents who, in many cases, are footing the bill.
Statistically drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have a much higher chance of being involved in traffic accidents than any other age group. In addition, automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for this age group. Thatâ€™s a scary thought and also the reason the cost of insurance for a teen can be quite expensive.
There are a few things that you can do to try to minimize the cost of the insurance. It is generally less expensive for a teen to be added onto their parentâ€™s policy because of the interconnecting discounts associated with being part of a household versus having a stand-alone policy. If a teen is going to be purchasing a vehicle, they should consider more economical vehicles that would not require full coverage; the cost of Comprehensive and Collision coverage can make rate increase substantially. Most companies also offer a substantial discount for being a good student (GPA of 3.0 or better) and some will also reduce premiums for those who complete a defensive driving course/program. For more information regarding the available discounts, please call our office at (952) 445-5767.