Car Insurance Is About to Get Costly If You Are This Age

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Adult drivers generally see their car insurance rates drift lower for decades — until they hit their 60s.

At that point, rates climb — and continue to do so for the rest of your life, according to the 2020 The State of Auto Insurance report from The Zebra.

Rates are highest when you are young. In fact, drivers who are 16 years old and have their own policies pay a jaw-dropping $6,600 a year for car insurance, on average. That is more than three times the average for all drivers between the ages of 23 and 85.

Things get better for drivers in their remaining teen years, but not by much.

The Zebra found that people in their:

  • Teens: Pay $5,023 per year for car insurance, on average
  • 20s: $1,989
  • 30s: $1,532
  • 40s: $1,474
  • 50s: $1,365
  • 60s: $1,384
  • 70s: $1,611
  • 80s: $1,880

It’s no secret why rates are higher at the beginning and end of your driving years: That’s when accidents are most likely to occur.

As Insurance.com has pointed out about senior drivers:

“Senior drivers as a group are more accident-prone than their middle-aged counterparts. The reasons for this include age-related changes in hearing or vision, slower reflexes, health conditions and medications.

In addition, regardless of accident severity, older drivers suffer graver injuries and more fatalities than younger people. This makes seniors more expensive to treat following an injury. These factors can increase insurers’ claim costs, and those costs are passed on.”

Getting lower car insurance rates

Regardless of your age, you can almost always get a better deal on car insurance if you look around and comparison shop. While you can do such shopping on your own, using a service like The Zebra or Gabi might be easier. These services gather quotes for you so you can pick the best rate.

Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson tried Gabi, and found it worth his time. He wrote in “How I Found $546 in Car Insurance Savings in Under 10 Minutes“:

“I’m currently insuring two cars with USAA at a combined cost of about $2,400. Gabi said Progressive could give me the same coverage for 22% less, saving me $546. All I had to do is give Gabi the go-ahead and my driver’s license number. Then, Gabi would confirm the rate and even do the switching for me.”

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