Monday, April 22, 2013

The Insurance Costs of Senior Driving

Research has shown that older drivers may have memory problems, slower reflexes and impaired vision, factors that increase the risk of having an automobile accident. Whilst drivers over the age of 25 generally enjoy lower rates, drivers over the age of 70 are often considered "high risk" by insurance companies because of the assumption of more accident risk. 

If you're a mature driver, you've probably already dealt with the frustration of car insurance. Your premiums may have risen already or your insurer may have dropped you entirely. You don't have to give up driving completely just because of expensive insurance, however. If you shop around and do a little legwork, you can make your insurance affordable again.

Think "Safe"


Insurers will give you a lower rate if you have a newer car with a high safety rating with safety devices installed, such as anti-theft devices. You'll also receive discounts for completely senior driving safety classes. Check with your insurer or the companies you're considering for a full list of ways to get discounts on your senior policy.

If you have an older vehicle, consider your current coverage levels. You may not need comprehensive coverage on a vehicle with a low replacement value and states that mandate car insurance usually only require liability coverage. Liability coverage is less than a fully comprehensive policy and will protect you from some or all personal liability claims in the event of an accident. 


Drive Less



If you're not driving every day and can cut your driving down further, you may be eligible for a limited driving discount or limited policy. The limited miles policy will cost you less than a standard policy. This option will not work for senior drivers who still use their car frequently, as violating the limited miles amount will cost you.

If your spouse is on your current policy with you but has a poor driving record, you may want to consider becoming the sole driver in the household. Seniors with past accidents will have higher premiums and a harder time getting coverage than seniors with good driving histories. The driving record of covered drivers on your policy is a factor in your rates, even if you're the main policyholder. 

Compare


Auto insurers offer different types of products and coverage prices to senior drivers. Contact each insurer in your area for a quote on their rates for senior drivers. Compare quotes by premium amount and coverage level to decide which policy will meet your needs at the lowest rate. Be honest about your driving record to ensure you're getting accurate rates to compare.

Some insurers have quote forms available online, but you may have to give out some personal information. If you're uncomfortable giving out the information on the Internet, contact the insurer by phone to receive an accurate quote. Don't sign any policy paperwork or make any payments until you've reviewed the policy in full and confirmed the coverage levels and premium amount. You can find more tips on how to control your motor spending at www.CarFinance247.co.uk.



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