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If you’re in the market for auto insurance, there are a number of factors that can lead to you paying more to keep your car on the road. Today, we’ll spend some time discussing high risk insurance, the factors that are in play with higher premiums, and how checking with a high risk agency, safe driving and a little patience can help get your rates back down again.

What is High Risk Insurance?

High risk insurance is a description used for drivers who meet any one of a number of conditions that the insurance companies deem as making them riskier to keep covered on the road.  We’ll discuss the factors in play that make a high risk driver below. 

What Determines a High Risk Driver?

DUI or OWI Offense If you have been ticketed for Driving Under the Influence(DUI) or Operating While Under the Influence(OWI), you most likely will need to carry an SR-22 form on your insurance in order to continue to drive.  Most will be required to keep the SR-22 on file with the DMV from 6 months to 5 years.

Young/First Time Driver Young drivers, typically aged 16-27, are statistically at a higher risk for auto accidents, which translates to a higher bill. The same is true of late-in-life drivers who are getting their license for the first time. While there’s nothing to do but put time under your belt as a driver, it’s worth talking to your insurance company to see whether this would still be the case if you were eligible to be added to someone’s existing policy.

Lapse in Insurance Coverage Whether you dropped your insurance because you were not driving or because you had to retool your finances, any lapse in coverage will find you paying higher premiums when you begin looking to get insured again. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry.  After a period of driving without incident, typically between 6-12 months, you should be able to re-quote your policy for a possible lower price. 

Poor Credit This risk factor is one that can be a nasty surprise for drivers who are looking for auto coverage, regardless of driving record. While the logic might be hard to follow, for some providers, an insurance score based on credit acts as shorthand for the insurance company being able to estimate the responsibility of its drivers.

Driving & Claims History Insurance companies look at driving history for your past three to five years.  Any tickets, including minor traffic violations, and any claims, even those where you are not-at-fault, can affect your rate.  As they fall outside the three and five year windows, your policy premiums will decrease accordingly. 

How Can I Work to Lower My Rate?

There are insurance companies and agencies such as Compliance Insurance that specialize in high risk drivers that can have much lower rates versus the more preferred carriers.  Talk to an agent about what your period of high risk coverage will look like, and see if there are ways you can save.

For most of the risk factors, their effect lowers over time.  As tickets or accidents become older, as credit improves and as young drivers gain more experience, rates come down.   

While the prospect of paying higher premiums can be daunting, it’s important to remember the risk of getting into an accident uninsured. Having high risk insurance can mean the difference between paying a little extra from month to month or paying for damages out of pocket for years if you hurt someone and have no insurance.  Still have questions? Talk to your insurance agent or call Compliance Insurance today. 

Types of Insurance Issues You Need to Have Covered

Boat Insurance

You own a boat, you need insurance. While you may only use your boat a few times a year, having boat insurance is highly necessary. Why do you need this type of coverage along with the auto insurance and home insurance that you have already?

The reality is this: boat insurance is needed because the majority of homeowners insurance policies have very limited boat insurance coverage, and your vehicle and other recreational vehicle insurance policies exclude boats.  

Even if you think your boat itself is not worth insuring, be aware that boat insurance includes some Liability coverage for injuries or damage you do to others while in your boat.    

Other Recreational Toys

No matter how careful you consider yourself to be, statistics say that you may be more likely to be in a wreck or be put into potential danger when you are on a motorcycle or boat. This means you’ll want to have motorcycle insurance or boat insurance if you have these types of recreational toys in your possession.

If you drive an ATV or RV, you’ll need special insurance for these vehicles as well, even if you mainly use the ATV for home maintenance chores or the RV during certain times of the year. There are age restrictions and other legalities involved in this type of vehicle, so make sure you know what the laws are in your state and be properly insured with the right high risk insurance before taking your ATV out on the road.

SR-22 Insurance

When you are considered a high risk insured person either due to a legal issue or problems with paying insurance in full in the past — or if you’ve had lapses in automobile insurance in the past or currently — you may have to have an SR-22 included on your insurance. This requirement puts you in the high risk insurance policy category. Many insurance companies won’t sell this type policy, our agency has several that will.  Often once your SR-22 requirement is concluded, you can go back to traditional insurance policies and rates depending on your driving record.

Whether you are just curious about high risk insurance or you are looking for greater coverage, speak with your insurance agent to see what can be done to assist you. The right coverage will help you feel more confident in the things you set out to do.