Can I add a driver to my family car insurance?

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Joel Ohman
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UPDATED: Oct 31, 2016

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Here's what you need to know...

  • When you already have an insurance policy and a family member needs to be added, all you have to do contact your insurance company
  • Once you provide the new driver’s information, they will be covered immediately.
  • Don’t forget that your insurance policy premium will most likely increase by adding a person

The following article will provide more information about adding a driver including factors that can make your insurance premium cost higher and factors that can make your premiums lower.

To make sure that you have the cheapest auto insurance rates be sure to enter your zip above for a free auto insurance comparison!

How Family Car Insurance Policies Work

Car, Family, Driving.

Family car insurance policies can save a family money on their overall insurance needs.

A family car insurance policy will cover everyone in the family as long as their name has been added to the policy. This includes all the vehicles in the family.

The best way to save money through a family car insurance policy is to make wise decisions.

  1. Choose the adult in the family with the most positive driving record to be the primary driver on all vehicles. Even if others drive the vehicle just as much, it is okay to choose a primary driver.
  2. Add the additional family members. Keep in mind that things like speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or a DWI can send premium rates through the roof.
  3. Limit certain drivers on certain vehicles. If you are insuring a teenager and an SUV, putting the teenager on the policy will make your insurance rates much higher.
  4. Remember that limiting a high-risk driver to the vehicle that is the oldest or least valuable will decrease your rates.
  5. As the owner of the policy, you need to be responsible to keep the policy and your name in good standing. You don’t want to allow your premium rate to go so high that is no longer affordable.

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Factors Lower (and Increase) Family Car Insurance Rates

If you are adding a teenager, check with your insurance company about factors that make rates cheaper.

Many car insurance companies will offer a discount for each quarter that a student maintains good grades. Make sure you know the requirements before counting on the discount.

Another way to lower your premium rates when adding a teenage driver is to have the teenager take a defensive or student driver education course.

Student driver education courses are often offered through the student’s high school. If not, they can be found at community centers, the local sheriff’s department, or through driving schools.

Even if you have to pay for a student to complete a driver’s education course, it will be worth it to receive a discount on insurance.

When choosing a vehicle, be sure you can afford the insurance on that vehicle especially if you are adding any individuals with a negative driving history.

One way to narrow down your choices of car insurance companies is to use an online comparison tool. An online comparison tool lets you look at rates and quotes from several companies before choosing the company you want to get a policy through.

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