How will Adding Teenage Drivers to your Auto Insurance Policy affect your Premium?

It’s an exciting time for your teen to have their hands on the wheel and as they prepare to get their driver’s license. What factors affect the cost of auto insurance for teens? Why is insuring your teen more expensive?  

Did You Know? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as a group, teens are the most accident-prone drivers on the road. The risk factors are: inexperience, not using a seatbelt, speeding, running red lights, driving while intoxicated, making illegal turns, and distracted driving.

Insurance company varies their cost from one group of drivers to another because some groups have worse driving records, higher accident rates and more costly accidents than others. 

Here are some other factors that can affect your auto insurance rates. 


Young drivers often pay more for auto insurance than older drivers. Insurers view young drivers as risky and expensive clients. Young drivers are inexperienced and the most accident-prone drivers of any age group.  

Driving Record 

A record of traffic tickets, violations like driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), leaving the scene of the accident, suspended driver’s license, and reckless driving result in higher insurance premiums. 


Auto insurance rates may vary significantly by your location and zip code, especially with the zip codes that are more prone to crimes such as theft or vandalism, floods, and other risks. Usually, urban areas pay more for auto insurance than their rural counterpart. 

Type of your Automobile 

Brand new sports cars, high-performance automobiles, exotic cars and cars with safety features often have more expensive rates. Insurers consider how popular it is with car thieves, and how much it will cost to repair in case of damage or accident. 

Though the average cost increase for adding a teen driver to your auto insurance is already steep, driving around without adding your teen is not an option. Licensed teen drivers must be added to your insurance policy; luckily there are many ways to lessen the cost.  

  1. Be a role model
    Practice good driving habits yourself and help your teen strictly follow the rules of the road: avoid using phones, avoid other distractions, and use seatbelts.  

  2. Have them drive a used car
    Because teens are risky drivers, buying a used car for them is advised. Insurance premiums are lower for a used car as well.

  3. Get a Tracking Device
    These trackers can help you to monitor your teen while they are driving and they may be more careful while being monitored. 

  1. Ask about Teenage Driver Discounts
    Good Student Discount- when your child performs well in school and maintains at least B average or better or is on the dean’s list or honor roll.
    Driving Training Discount– When they successfully complete driver training.
    Away at School Discount– They attend school at least 100 miles away from home without a vehicle.

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