Did you know that spending just 15 minutes saying “I do” can potentially save you at least 15% on your insurance policy with Charles Bandleader & Co-Insurance? According to a recent report from InsuranceQuotes, marital status, age, and gender significantly influence your auto insurance premiums.
1. Marriage Matters: A 20-year-old married woman pays an average of 22% less for car insurance compared to her single counterpart. Similarly, a married 20-year-old man pays 20% more than his single friend of the same age. Marriage seems to signal increased responsibility and safety, translating into lower insurance premiums.
2. Age and Gender Impact: As people age and take on more responsibilities, they tend to become safer drivers. Age plays a crucial role in determining insurance premiums. For example, at age 20, a single male driver pays 49% more than a 25-year-old single male. The difference is 39% for single females. Rates decrease significantly after age 60 but start to rise again in the mid-70s.
Gender differences are also notable. While not as significant as age, insurers typically charge women less than men during their early years of driving. A 20-year-old woman pays 19% less than a male of the same age. However, this gender gap narrows as drivers get older.
3. Shopping Smart: Comparing quotes from different insurers is key to finding the best rates. Insurance experts recommend obtaining at least three quotes and exploring potential discounts offered by your current insurer. Young drivers can save by maintaining a “B” average in school or by increasing their deductible.
Additionally, “pay as you drive” programs can offer additional discounts. These programs use devices to transmit driving data to insurers, including mileage, speed, and driving habits.
4. State Variations: It’s essential to be aware that insurance regulations vary by state. In Hawaii, insurers are not allowed to base rates on age or gender, making it the only state with this regulation.
Understanding these factors can help you make informed decisions about your insurance coverage. By getting married, maintaining a good driving record, and shopping around for the best rates, you can save significantly on your insurance premiums. Stay proactive and make use of available discounts to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.