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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 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.
No matter what, car insurance is compulsory and you legally have to be covered. The government cracked down on uninsured drivers with the introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) which states that every car, whether on or off the road, has to be covered. The only exception is if the car is declared off the road with a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN).
The numbers go up quickly for subsequent convictions. If you are caught driving without insurance for an additional time, you will be fined between $350 and $1000. And you will still have to pay that additional $250 surcharge on your license for at least three years. There’s more. Repeat offenders also risk having their license revoked and their vehicle impounded. If that happens, you will face a long hard (and expensive) battle to get your license reinstated and your car back.
Travelers $1,056/year ($88/month) We calculated these numbers by averaging rates for 40-year-old good drivers who have only the minimum mandatory insurance in their state. Such light coverage isn't typically recommended, since it might not cover all the bills resulting from a car accident, but it's better than nothing — especially if you can't afford much more.
Liberty mutual $3,266/year ($272/month) To get these figures, we averaged rates for 40-year-olds with one recent at-fault crash and the typical "full coverage" insurance. Your rates will remain high for three to five years after you cause an accident or have a moving violation. If you fall into this category, be sure to shop for new insurance rates just after the three-year and five-year anniversaries of your infraction.
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.