Typically, adding a teen driver to their parents' policy will be a cheaper alternative to getting a teen a car insurance policy on their own. The person most affected in this case is the parent, who is taking on a significant risk by adding a new, teen driver to their policy. As a result, insurance companies will increase their yearly payments. Nonetheless, the increase is still far less than the yearly price of getting a teen their own insurance.
The first part of the post only outlines the financial and other consequences that will be imposed on you by the State of Texas for driving without insurance. What has not been mentioned is the devastating costs you will face if you get into an accident that is your fault. In Texas, you can be held 100 percent liable for any and all physical injuries and property damage resulting from a vehicle accident that you have caused. Think of what those costs could be: thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe more.
Now it is time to ask yourself if saving a little money per month by dropping your auto insurance is worth the risk. I suppose it’s also time to bring back the parachute analogy. Driving without insurance in Texas is a bit like jumping from a plane without a chute. If you do it, you are bound to crash. Proper coverage is an inexpensive way to protect yourself in case of unforeseen accidents.
Liberty Mutual $2,238/year ($187/month) Whether you're retired, work at home or often use public transportation, you may be able to get cheaper car insurance simply because you drive less. The rates above are for 40-year-olds with typical "full coverage" insurance and a clean driving record who drive 5,000 miles per year instead of the standard 12,000.
Car insurance for college students can be pricey for sure, but you can capitalize on certain discounts. One that can reap up to 20 percent off is the “Student Away” discount. Typically, you qualify if you are listed on your parent’s policy and drive one of their cars they keep at home but attend college 100 or miles away. Some insurers may also require that you are under age 26 and unmarried to receive the discount.
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The Accord resembles the Civic in safety and reliability but is a bit more luxurious. An Accord includes a rearview camera, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, a rollover sensor, side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags. The newest models also feature LaneWatch, which activates a camera on the passenger-side mirror when you use the right turn signal. LaneWatch allows drivers to see almost four times what the passenger-side mirror alone would show, helping teens avoid blind spots.
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Unfortunately, young drivers pay more for car insurance because you have limited driving experience. Although car insurance rates are highest for teenagers, young adult drivers often pay more for insurance until they are 25 or 26—or even up to 30. The only way to know which insurance companies are best for young adults is to compare competing quotes from a handful of auto insurance companies—every car insurance company prices their policies differently.
The first time you get caught driving without valid insurance in Texas, you will probably get off pretty lightly, at least compared with other states. That is, of course, if you consider the following getting off lightly. First-time offenders will, by law, be cited and fined between $175 and $350. Additionally, a surcharge of $250 will be added to your annual driver’s license fee for each of the next three years. Added up, getting caught driving without insurance in Texas the first time will end up costing you between $925 and $1100.