By Mike Timmermann, clarkhoward.com
Nearly 43 million Americans will travel this year for the Fourth of July, according to AAA, and most of them will be driving to their holiday getaway.
But if you’re not careful, even a minor driving infraction could hike your insurance rates for years to come.
Slow down: These tickets will increase your rates!
In its third annual moving violations report, InsuranceQuotes.com revealed how those minor violations can impact your premiums:
- Speeding by 1 to 15 mph: 21% increase
- Following too closely: 19% increase
- Failure to signal: 19% increase
- Improperly driving in a car pool lane: 18% increase
While those increases might seem high, they’re nothing compared to the increase you’d pay for more serious violations, like driving under the influence.
- DUI/DWI: 94% increase
- Reckless driving: 85% increase
- Speeding by 31 mph or more: 29% increase
- Speeding by 16 to 30 mph: 28% increase
- Careless driving: 27% increase
For insurance companies, this is all about assessing a driver’s risk. Experts say the violations that cause rates to rise the most are strong indicators that the driver could have an accident in the future.
But InsuranceQuotes.com found where you live also makes a big difference.
Highest and lowest premium hikes after a DUI:
- North Carolina: 334% increase
- Maryland: 15% increase
Highest and lowest premium hikes after a reckless driving violation:
- Hawaii: 291% increase
- Louisiana: 29% increase
Highest and lowest premium hikes after a speeding violation of more than 30 mph:
- Illinois: 99% increase
- Missouri: 9% increase
Click here to see the full state-by-state breakdown.
Ways to save
Most first-time infractions will have a negative impact on your auto insurance premium for up to five years, but there are a few things you can do.
- Ask for forgiveness for minor violations
- Take a defensive driving class
- Make a plea bargain in court
- Enroll in a pay-as-you-drive program
- Shop and compare auto insurance quotes
For more information follow this link, clarkhoward.com