Teen drivers are notorious for having higher car insurance rates than older drivers. The main reason for this is car insurance companies see teen drivers as high risk. Teen drivers do not have the experience that older drivers usually have; plus, they are more easily distracted by other drivers, friends, and the excitement of being out on the road and out on their own.
However, it is possible to find and keep cheap car insurance for teens. Below are a few tips on how to keep the rates down.
Make sure your teen driver takes a driver education course. Many states require teen drivers to take a driver education course, and many high schools offer driver education courses as part of the curriculum for those students old enough to begin the process to obtain their driver licenses. Plus, most car insurance companies offer cheaper rates to those teens who have taken, and successfully passed, a driver education course.
Encourage your teen driver to do well in all classes. By making good grades in all classes, including the driver education course, and even landing the honor roll, teen drivers may be rewarded by being offered discounts on their car insurance rates; depending, of course, on the car insurance company.
Keep your teen driver on your car insurance policy. Having your teen driver on your car insurance policy is much cheaper than paying rates for a completely separate car insurance policy. And, if your teen has his or her own car, you can usually get a discount by addition the vehicle to your current car insurance policy.
These three tips on how to keep insurance rates for teens down are three of the most recognized and used – by teens and car insurance companies alike. Talk with your current car insurance company about what discounts they reward teen drivers, as well as additional ways to get cheap car insurance for your teen driver.