It all depends on who you ask. Most women will tell you they are better drivers because they are more careful and more considerate than men. If you ask men, you’ll likely hear that they are more aware and handle the car better in all conditions. When it comes to determining auto insurance rates, statistics, opinions are not what counts.
If you guessed that males pay higher rates, you’re right. According to many studies and facts collected on accidents from state and local agencies, men are more likely to be involved in a car accident. In addition, IIHS stated that in 2006, more than twice as many male drivers were fatally injured in auto accidents.
Although male drivers are placed at higher risk, it is usually only between the ages of 18 and 25. Once a male driver reaches 25, rates usually go down; as long as he has a good driving record. Over time, if there are no tickets or accidents, the rates should decrease to about the same level as a comparable female driver.
Remember, no matter if you’re a man or woman, 18 or 45, there are always things you can do to reduce your auto insurance rates. Discounts are offered for certain professions like teaching. Discounts are also awarded to people with good driving records, additional safety features on your vehicle, and many more. Also, if you are still in school, you may be eligible to receive discounted rates for receiving good grades. Check with your carrier to see if you can receive any discounts.
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