Car Insurance Premiums Can Double with a Teenage Driver, But Results Vary Considerably by Age, Gender and State

  Car Insurance Premiums Can Double with a Teenage Driver, But Results Vary
                    Considerably by Age, Gender and State

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally, a married couple pays
an average of 84% more for car insurance after adding a teenage driver to
their policy, according to a new report from Male
teenagers cause significantly higher increases than females (96% versus 72%,
on average).

The average increase is highest for 16-year-olds (99%) and diminishes a bit
each year thereafter. A married couple adding a 17-year-old can expect to pay
90% more for their car insurance. An 18-year-old costs 82% more and a
19-year-old costs 65% more.

There are several states that differ from the national average. The biggest
hit is in Arkansas, where the average increase is a whopping 116%. found 10 states where adding a teenage driver caused the
average premium to more than double. The others are Utah (115%), Wyoming
(112%), Alabama (111%), Idaho (107%), Maine (105%), Washington (105%), Arizona
(104%), Louisiana (101%) and New Hampshire (101%).

Conversely, in Hawaii, adding a teenage driver only causes the average premium
to rise by 18%. That's because Hawaii is the only state that doesn't allow
insurance providers to consider age, gender or length of driving experience
when determining premiums. North Carolina (59%), New York (62%), Massachusetts
(66%) and Montana (66%) join the Aloha State among the states with the five
lowest average increases.

"It's important to remember that these are averages," said Laura Adams, senior
insurance analyst, "Savvy consumers don't settle for
average. You're not going to move to a new state just because car insurance is
cheaper somewhere else, but there are some easy things that you can do to save
money regardless of where you live. First of all, go to InsuranceQuotes.comto
search for a better deal from a different insurer. Also, look into discounts
for good students and drivers who have passed an advanced driver training

Click here to view the average premium increases in all 50 states and the
District of Columbia: commissioned Quadrant Information Services to examine the
economic impact of adding a young driver between the ages of 16 and 19 to a
family's existing car insurance policy.

Quadrant calculated rates using data from the largest carriers in each state.
The averages are based on insurance for a married and employed 45-year-old
male and 45-year-old female who each commute 10 miles to work each day with
policy limits of $100,000 for injury liability for one person, $300,000 for
all injuries and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage.

The quotes assume that each of the two carsis driven 12,000 miles per year.
The sample refers to iterative pairs of vehicles from the following list: 2012
Toyota Camry, 2012 Honda CRV, 2012 Honda Civic, 2012 Ford F150 and 2012 Toyota

The hypothetical drivers have clean driving records and good credit. The rates
include uninsured motorist coverage and refer to new business policies.
Average rates are for comparative purposes. Your own rate will depend on your
personal factors and vehicle.

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Ted Rossman
Public Relations Manager, Bankrate, Inc.


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