Our oldest is 18.5 years old, and he finally decided to drive. We’re thankful he didn’t want to earlier because he’s in the highest risk category to cover, according to our insurance—he’s male, under 25, and has been driving less than three years. However, we’re using strategies to lower the insurance premium for a teen driver. We’re also implementing strategies to protect our finances while he’s on our insurance policy.
4 Strategies to Lower the Insurance Premium for a Teen Driver
Even though he’s in the highest-risk category for coverage, we can take advantage of several discounts to lower his premium.
We Have a Multi-Line Discount
We already have our two vehicles and home insured by the same insurance company. Our son will join and benefit from our multi-line discount.
He’ll Drive Our Oldest Vehicle
Generally, the newer a vehicle, the more expensive it is to insure. Since he’s a teen driver with a higher risk of having an accident than us, we’re giving him our oldest vehicle to drive—a 2004 minivan. Having him as the primary driver on the oldest car gives him a lower insurance premium than if he were driving a newer vehicle.
He’ll Get a Good Student Discount
Because he is maintaining higher than a B average in college, he will receive a good student discount.
He’ll Use the Drive Safe and Save App
In addition, he’ll use the Drive Safe and Save app. While this app can’t make his premium increase if he’s a bad driver, it can help him realize a significant discount if he’s a good driver. My husband and I already use this app and have seen our premiums drop by more than 20 percent.
A Future Discount
While he doesn’t currently qualify, he’ll get a safe driver discount if he drives for three years without a ticket or an accident. We’re hoping he will get this discount eventually, but with teen drivers, there is a sharp learning curve, so he may not.
An Additional Step We’re Taking to Protect Ourselves
The least financially risky way to insure him is to have him own his car and pay for his auto insurance policy. However, that will more than double (close to triple) the amount he will need to pay for car insurance.
Instead, we’re adding him to our policy, but we’re also adding an umbrella policy to our line of insurance. So then, if our son causes an accident that results in more money than his auto insurance covers, our umbrella policy will kick in. This will protect us because when he’s under our insurance, the victim can come after our assets if our son causes an accident.
After our son, we have two more children who we’ll add to our insurance policy when they learn to drive. So, we’ll continue to utilize these strategies to lower the insurance premiums for a teen driver and to protect our assets with umbrella insurance. While teen drivers raise our insurance premiums, this season of life will only last for the next six to eight years until our teens are on their own and paying for their expenses.
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Melissa is a writer and virtual assistant. She earned her Master’s from Southern Illinois University, and her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan. When she’s not working, you can find her homeschooling her kids, reading a good book, or cooking. She resides in Arizona where she dislikes the summer heat but loves the natural beauty of the area.