Teen Driver Tips

Elephant Auto Insurance shares the top 5 tips for saving money on your teen’s policy

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (March 6, 2012)…

So your teen is ready to drive, and your anxiety is completely understandable. Car insurance for teen drivers can be very expensive due to their inexperience behind the wheel and their high accident rates. The reality is that teen drivers are more likely to underestimate the severity of a situation, not accurately identify hazardous situations, and even more dangerous, not wear their seat belt.

How can you lower the cost of your insurance premium? Although it is difficult to avoid the costs related to adding your teen driver to your auto insurance, Elephant Auto Insurance has compiled a list of tips to help save you money:

Call your insurance company

When the time comes to add your teen driver to your insurance you should first call your company and notify them of the additional driver, as well as discuss the options now available to you and any additional discounts.

Make sure they do well in school

Many insurance companies believe that good students have a more positive risk profile as they get older and prefer to have them as long-term customers, and will give a discount to reinforce their positive habits. Talking to your teen and motivating them to do well in school will have, in most cases, an additional benefit of lower insurance premiums.

Decide which car they will drive

If you have multiple cars you should consider which car or cars you allow your teen to drive. Newer vehicles typically cost more to insure due to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). In addition, the costs related to repairs for a new car are on average greater than those on an older car, and if the car is being financed the lien holder will normally require more coverage on the car. To save money, you can restrict your teen driver to the car that costs the least to insure, but check with your provider to see if this is something they allow.

Pay less if they are away at school

If permitted by your insurance company, you may be eligible for a distant student discount for teens that are over 100 miles away at college. The key with this discount is to ensure that your teen driver would still have coverage if they borrowed a friend’s car while at school. A gap in their coverage will affect them in the long run.

Communicate and Educate

Most importantly, communicate with your teen driver. You should tell them how much their insurance costs so that they can understand fully the responsibilities they have as a driver. Start your quote at Elephant.com now to see what discounts are available to you and your teen.

It is inevitable that at some point your child will be ready to get behind the wheel of a car. Instead of trying to prevent this event from taking place encourage your teen to increase their awareness when behind the wheel, create safe driving habits, and when the time comes to insure them, simply use the tips above that Elephant Insurance suggests. The herd is here to help prepare you and your family, as well as save you money.

If you have any questions or to get a quote go to www.elephant.com, or call an Elephant Agent today, 1-855-ELEPHANT.

About Elephant

Elephant Insurance, one of the fastest growing auto insurance companies in the US, has been aggressively taking advantage of the rising trend in online shopping. Elephant is known for an intense focus on cost management to offer low rates, as well as a unique culture that provides great customer service and employee satisfaction. As a division of the highly successful Admiral Group, Elephant Insurance has been saving money for thousands of customers nationwide, and has become known for providing great service and prices. Elephant Insurance has a reputation for being an employer of choice racking up awards for employee satisfaction, and in 2011 & 2012 was named one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia, as well as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States.

About Admiral

Admiral Group plc is the second largest auto insurer in the United Kingdom with eleven brands extending into three additional European countries and nearly 2.75 million policyholders worldwide. Admiral operates a direct-to-consumer business model, serving customers via the phone and internet. Admiral Group plc is consistently listed among the top places to work for by UK and EU national publications. More information is available at www.admiralgroup.co.uk.