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How Does Speeding Ticket Affect Auto Insurance

It's not a secret - a speeding ticket can absolutely affect your car insurance. How significant is the impact and what can you do to reduce your new rate?

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Driving over the speed limit is actually relatively common. A lot of people do it, until they recognize the shape of the police car up ahead of them.

For those who have been pulled over for speeding it’s definitely one of the worst experiences you ever get. When you see those lights flip on in your rearview mirror, it definitely doesn’t make you feel comfortable. It gives you a pit in your stomach as you know just what’s going to happen next.

Now, once you do get pulled over, it’s all about the ticket you get and just what it’s going to do to your insurance.

Does Your Insurance Go Up If You Get A Speeding Ticket?

A speeding ticket can absolutely affect your car insurance. The important thing to look at is just how serious that speeding ticket is. That’s because the increase in your car insurance is going to depend on that severity. Although, you could end up with differences based on the insurance company that you work with as well.

With some insurance companies you can get a little bit of leeway. If you weren’t speeding by much or if it was your first offense, they may actually let it slide. Some may give you up to 15 miles per hour over the limit before they actually start charging you anything.

How Do Insurance Companies Find Out About Speeding Tickets?

Insurance companies can access motor vehicle records or MVRs for drivers. Your MVR is essentially a driving record that includes your entire history of driving violations, including speeding tickets and every insurance company who subscribes to this service can access it at the click of a button.

When you’re convicted of a particular driving offense, it is entered into your MVR. However, insurers don’t run MVRs continuously. It costs the insurer a fee to run a record, so they are only likely to access your records when your policy is due for renewal or you apply for new coverage.

What Happens If You Get a Speeding Ticket Without Insurance?

If you’re issued with a speeding citation, and the police find that you are driving without insurance, you will face additional violations. You could face fees and tickets for failing to provide proof of insurance and in a worst case scenario, your license may be suspended, which will then incur license reinstatement fees.

What’s the New Cost?

As we mentioned, sometimes you won’t have to pay anything extra if this is the first time you’ve gotten a speeding ticket, or if you were speeding by just a little. You may also not need to pay more if you speed less than 15 miles per hour over the limit.

1. Ticket Types

There are all different types of tickets out there, and each one is going to raise your rate differently. A DUI will be different from a speeding ticket, which is different from a hit and run or failure to obey a signal. The way they work is on a point system and each one has a different point system.

One example is a 27-year-old who gets a speeding ticket of 15 miles per hour over the limit. On average this will increase premiums by between 10 and 15%. But for those in lower age brackets or higher brackets it could be more or less.

Over a million drivers are arrested for a DUI each year in the US. This offense not only carries fines and other penalties, but it also impacts the cost of car insurance. In this chart using The Zebra data, you can see the cost of car insurance almost doubles after a DUI for both minimum coverage and full coverage. This means that you can expect to pay an average of over $3,100 compared to approximately $1,600 if you had a clean driving record.

How Much a DUI Raises Average Car Insurance Costs (1)

2. Your History

For those who have never gotten a ticket before a first offense may be no big deal with your insurance, especially if you’re in a mid-range age bracket.

Those who have a lot of moving violations, however, could see a drastic increase in their premium or they could even be dropped by their insurance.

3. State Laws

Every state has different laws and different point systems for moving violations so the effects are going to vary for you.

If you get a speeding ticket in a state like Texas, for example, you may not have as much of a problem as getting one in California.

How Long Does A Speeding Ticket Affect Your Insurance?

Now, you may be wondering how long it’s going to take to get that off your record. The truth is that it can take years for it to wipe clean.

Now, different insurance companies look at violations in different ways. That means some may only look at 2 years of minor violations and some may look at 3. On the other hand, you’re generally going to get a discount if you go at least 5 years without accidents or any type of violation. You may even get accident forgiveness if they consider you a safe driver.

Most drivers are aware that crashes can have an impact on insurance costs. In this chart using The Zebra data, you can see that an at fault crash increases the average cost of minimum coverage from $565 to $884. The price increase is even more significant if you have full coverage. You can expect to pay as much as 50% more on average.

How Much an at-fault Crash Raises Average Car Insurance Costs

If your rates are increased, however, it could be for anywhere from 3 – 10 years. Since the financial affect can be significant, You might consider refinancing your loan to a lower APR or extending the term to lower your car payment.

This is also going to depend on what type of moving violation you actually received. Careless driving is one of the worst you can get, along with a DUI.

In most states, you’ll probably see your points disappear in 2 years or at most 3. For example, Nevada removes points for just about everything after only a single year. A DUI is an exception to this in just about every state, where you won’t actually get points but you are going to lose your license for a period of time. If you’re lucky your insurance may only increase your rate for a short period and then remove that increase if you continue to behave appropriately on the road (meaning no more tickets in that period of time).

It’s actually going to depend on what the state says about insurance companies and how long they can keep your rates up.

When Will My Rate Increase?

Usually an insurance company isn’t going to be scouring through your driving record or the state records for tickets each and every month. That means you’re generally not going to see an increase until it’s time to renew. That’s when they like to take a closer look at your record and how you’ve been driving.

If you’re a relatively good driver and you’ve never had problems before they may not take a look at your record even when renewal time comes. Also, if you’re not so great of a driver they may check every few months even if it’s not time for you to renew. If you report an accident, they’re also going to take a look at your record to see what’s been going on (and what happened with that accident). From there, they’re able to increase your rates because you’ve now become a bigger liability to them.

Another thing to think about is changing your insurance. If you change insurance policies or you change insurance companies you could end up with a higher quote because of the ticket. These companies are going to find out at the time of the switch.

How Do Parking Tickets Affect Your Insurance?

Parking tickets are a non moving violation, so generally they will not affect your insurance. Forgetting to feed a meter is not attached to a driver’s licence, reported to the DMV or auto insurers. However, there are some circumstances when they may impact your premiums.

If you have unpaid tickets that are sent to collections, they could potentially impact your credit score. Most insurers check credit scores to determine whether you insure you and the cost of your coverage. However, in certain states such as Massachusetts, Hawaii and California, insurers are not allowed to consider credit score as a factor to determine the cost of car insurance. So, in these cases, any unpaid parking tickets would not affect your premiums.

What Can I Do to Lower My Insurance?

There are a few things that you can do to try and decrease your insurance after you’ve gotten a ticket.

Negotiate

One of the best things you can try to do is negotiate with the company. Wait until they get the ticket as part of your driving record and then talk to them about your record. Explain to them how you’ve been a great customer or that you’ve always paid on time or anything you can about your driving record that shows this is a fluke, not a norm.

From there, try to explain the negative effects of a raise in your premium. Some companies may be willing to work with you and keep your rate down with a warning or offer a compromise of some sort.

Safe Driving Course

There are a number of different options for this one in different states but generally if you complete a safe driving course, where you’ll learn how to be a better driver, you can actually remove the fine from your ticket as well.

You’ll have to pay for the class, but it could take away your fine and even remove your points off your license. Plus, it wipes out the ticket, which means that your insurance company doesn’t even see it.

Telematics Insurance 

This is actually a little box that will keep track of how you drive and report it back to the company. It can measure your speed, your style of driving (whether you’re a defensive driver, for example) and then your insurance company can make a decision based on that.

If the insurance quotes you’re getting after a speeding ticket aren’t so good then you may want to take a look at an insurance company that offers something like this or one that generally works with people who have moving violations.

New Coverage

Changing to a new insurance company could be another way that you lower your insurance rates. Now, it’s going to depend on your specific factors and where you’re switching from and to, but you can absolutely get a new start with a different company. As you shop around when you’re looking for a new credit card, mortgage or loans – shop around also for a new insurance company.

Drive Better

If you drive safely and you don’t get more tickets you can actually lower your premium back down over time. Your driving record will reflect that you’re typically a safe driver and that makes you a lower risk over time.

Violation Forgiveness

If your insurance company offers ticket forgiveness, even if you have to pay for it, this is a great thing to consider. What it means is if you ever have a minor violation your insurance can’t raise your rate because of it. Usually you don’t have to pay much to get it and you can use it on the first moving violation you get within x number of years.

It’s important to keep track of your insurance and to make sure that you always have it. If you have a moving violation you still want to have insurance coverage. Not having insurance is going to be a disaster if you get caught and it’s even more of a disaster if you get into an accident. In fact, it’s generally illegal and even if it’s not you may find yourself financially ruined.

Also, even if you don’t have any problems while you’re not covered it’s a whole lot harder to get insurance again after the fact. You could end up with more problems yet again, even after that ticket is off your record. Keeping an active policy and just driving better is the most important thing.

3 Ways to Buy Car Insurance

You have three options to purchase auto insurance coverage. Although online quote technology has made it possible for customers to obtain their own quotes online, some people prefer the assistance of an expert who is familiar with the industry.

  • Agents: This is a more traditional way to buy insurance. You can speak with an agent by phone or in person and provide your information. The agent will then track any discounts or other options. There are two types of agents. One is the captive agent, which represents one insurance company. The other is the independent agent, who works with multiple insurers. An agent can review your information and make you a binding offer once you have decided on a policy.
  • Brokers can help you find the best rates and coverage for your needs. Many brokers will work with an agent or insurer to provide a binding quote and close the sale of a policy. A broker, unlike an agent, is not restricted to a single insurer or agent. However, brokers may have relationships with specific insurance companies.
  • You can shop for and purchase a policy online: Customers have made it easier to compare insurance options through the proliferation of online quote systems. A basic quote can be provided by many large companies in a matter of minutes to a few minutes. Sometimes, drivers will need to contact a local agent in order to complete an online purchase. Online shopping can save you money and offer discounts.

Is it Cheaper to Buy Insurance Online or Through an Agent?

You can't always get insurance cheaper online than through an agent.

An agent can help with insurance quotes and shopping around for the best deal for you. Agents are experts in the insurance industry, and they can often help you find a great deal. They can help you find the best discounts for you and look into any discounts that may be available.

You can get quotes from many insurance companies, not just those that your agent represents. You may find a lower policy if you buy directly.

Bottom Line

Overall, speeding tickets are going to cause an effect on your driving record and your insurance. After all, you’re considered a higher risk at that point and you may have an increase to your premium. That’s why it’s important to do what you can to drive carefully and avoid tickets wherever possible.

FAQs

Whether a non moving violation goes on your insurance record will depend on the state where you live. For example, until 2020, non moving violations in Illinois were tracked and should they remain unpaid, you could have your license suspended. However, now this is not a consequence.

So, you would need to check non moving violations in your area to see whether they would have any impact on your auto insurance.

There are a couple of ways that you can keep a speeding ticket off your insurance. If the violation was not accurate, you could contest the ticket, but in most cases, your options will be down to deferring the ticket.

However, in some areas, you may have the option of completing driving school. Once you complete the course, the ticket will not be added to your driving record.

While you are legally obliged to be forthcoming with any information about speeding tickets or other violations when asked, you don’t necessarily need to declare a ticket to your insurer when you’ve been cited.

Just be sure to be honest and open about the tickets and violations when you’re completing any forms. If you check the terms and conditions, you are likely to see that any false information could invalidate your coverage.

If you have had a speeding ticket, there are a number of ways that you can compensate for it and lower your insurance rates. The most obvious is to maintain an accident free history and not get any more tickets.

You can also build a strong credit history and reduce your coverage level. If possible, look at raising your deductible, as this will be reflected in a lower rate. Finally, check with your insurer to see if there are any additional discounts that you qualify for.