Teenage Car Insurance: Discounts and Coverage

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UPDATED: Jun 29, 2022

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If you have a teenage driver that has just received his or her drivers’ license, it can be an exciting but worrisome time. It can also be an eye opening experience when you call your insurance company and discover the quote for your teenager’s car insurance is high. However, following a few pointers can reduce your cost for insuring your young driver and teach your teen the best safe driving habits for the road ahead.

Teenage Car Insurance Policies

Insurance for young drivers can be expensive and will increase your car insurance payments because young drivers are a high risk group when it comes to calculating car insurance rates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for both men and women, drivers aged 16 to 19 years of age have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group. Some of the reasons sited for this were:

  1. poor hazard detection
  2. carrying passengers
  3. not wearing seat belts

In order to reduce the risk of young drivers causing accidents, most states have laws that restrict young drivers to a learner’s permit or provisional license. These restrictions, generally based upon age and how long the driver has had their permit or license, require minimum amounts of supervised driving, set limits on passengers, restrict hours of driving, and dictate when and where teenagers are permitted to drive.

KEEP IN MIND: Insurance companies recognize the high risk involved with teenage drivers! This is why they charge higher prices for teenager car insurance policies.

Finding Teenager Car Insurance DISCOUNTS

There are some key car insurance discounts you can take advantage of to reduce your teenager’s car insurance. Make a call to your insurance company and see if you can take advantage of the following:

  • Driver’s education courses: Insurers may reduce the young driver’s rates by 15% for teenagers who complete a driver’s education class. Some companies will also offer a safe driving course that your teen driver can take online. You will also find that some car insurance agents will ask for your permission to speak to your young driver about the need for responsible safe driving habits. This conversation will help to reinforce those safe driving habits needed.
  • Good student discounts: Young drivers with good grades can reduce premiums up to 25%. Many companies offer what is known as Good Student Discounts. Generally, if your teen driver maintains a B average or better, they will receive a discount on their premium price.
  • Safe driving records: By avoiding traffic tickets and accidents, your teenager can establish a driving history and help reduce your insurance payments.

KEEP IN MIND: These discounts remain as long as your teen driver is accident or ticket free. Incurring a ticket or having an accident may cause your young driver to not only loose these discounts but they could incur a surcharged for the ticket or accident.


In addition to the available discounts, you can work with your car insurance company to reduce your premium payments by taking a close look at your policy. Consider doing the following:

  • Find out how your insurer assigns drivers to vehicles. Many insurers automatically assign the highest risk driver (in this case, the young driver) to the most expensive vehicle – even if the young driver never gets into that vehicle. If that’s your insurer’s policy, your rates may skyrocket. If your insurance company engages in this practice, consider shopping for a more favorable policy.
  • Drive older cars. Older cars may not need comprehensive or collision coverage. Eliminating or reducing these may save you big money in premium costs.
  • Reduce liability coverage levels. This is certainly an option that may save you money, but it might not be worth the risk. Even if your young driver has the best intentions and is very careful, it is important to realize that he or she is still learning. Reducing liability coverage could mean disaster – especially if you have other assets, such as a home or business. A serious accident could put those assets at risk if damages exceed your liability amounts. Also note that you can only reduce your liability coverage to the state minimum requirements, so the savings may not be significant enough to justify the risk.

Teenagers and Cars – Purchasing a Car and Insuring More Than One Young Driver

Are you considering purchasing a car for your teen? Giving a young driver their own car to drive can increase your car insurance premiums. If you want to purchase a car for your teenager, consider purchasing an older car to reduce your insurance payments.

TIP: Cheaper vehicles might not always be the best vehicles for a young driver. Read up on safety ratings and crash tests for the vehicle. Knowing your teenage driver is in a safe vehicle can give you peace of mind and save you money.

If you have two or more young drivers in your household that share a vehicle , this can increase your car insurance premium. Auto Insurance companies usually only assign one driver to one particular car, so if two or more young drivers in your household truly share one car you should choose the least expensive driver to be assigned to the car.

TIP: You can save money by choosing the less expensive young driver (usually a female or the driver with no violations) as the dedicated driver – main driver assigned to a car.

Buying teen auto insurance doesn’t have to put a dent in your pocket. Following the few tips above and asking the right questions about young driver discounts available, can save you money! To see how much you can save, click here to visit the free advice quote center and get a quote from several reputable companies.

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