Effect of Driver's Age on Insurance Rates of  Personal and Commercial Insurance Policies

by Ed Sneineh,


The insurance business world is one of the very few places where age can be used to distinguish between citizens based on their age. Insurers assess different charges for different people depending on their age. If you are a 16 year person and you  feel that you are going to be getting a healthier premium than your 22 year old buddy because you are better committed than him or her then you are making a wrong analysis.

Insurers tabulate their insurance charges using 'brackets' or categories of consumers grouped together with certain common elements. These classes could differ based on a number of factors like age, marital status, gender, area, consumer credit rating etc. This essay is partial in its extent to the age  element.

Young Operators Groups:
Below Age 18: This is the age category where insurance price is the at record high. People in this age group pay as much as 175% to 225% more than mature operators. Since no one below age 18 will get a CDL, any operator below the age of 18 driving a motor vehicle that has business coverage may be risking declination of coverage in the event of an insurance claim.

Age 18 Years to 20 Years: Individuals are still classified as young drivers, and they still have to pay greater prices than mature drivers, though their premiums are much less than the previous bracket. At age 18 individuals can possess their CDL. Most insurers that may consider them will not even look at there insurance submission for policies that require interstate exposure coverage. Companies that allow them to be on a business policy will restrict their insurance coverage to intrastate activities.

Age 21 to 24: This is the last bracket in the classification of youthful drivers. Insurance premiums for private insurance begin to stabilize with most insurance companies, when compared with prices served to mature operators. Age 21 years is where many commercial insurance companies start to accept commercial auto insurance applicants with interstate bearing. All companies will put in special price, extra charge, for commercial operators under age 21 years, and some insurance companies may require a specific period of expertise like 12 to 24 months of experience to look into them for insurance coverage.

Mature Operators:
Age 25 years to 69 years: A large number of insurance companies impose very similar prices for this age category, although a small number of insurance carriers begin to charge small build up in their premiums beyond age 60 years. Age does not seem to be important for this class.

Old Drivers:
Over Age 70 Years: Unfortunately insurance is a place where senior citizens do not get a discount. Instead, they get a surcharge! There are important studies made by insurance companies and the National Highway Traffic  Safety Administration- NHTSA www.nhtsa.gov that suggest that individuals over age 70 years begin to cause more traffic accidents. For that reason, insurance companies take certain measures to implement the right rate with the appropriate medical reports from them. Most business polices do not cover operators above age 71 or 72 years. On the individual insurance level, almost all companies stop selling newer polices for customers beyond 76 years of age, and other companies make the insurance price very prohibitive.

What else can be done to decrease the influence of age on premiums? There is not  much that old and young drivers can do. Young operators and older operators are leading to more highway accidents, relatively speaking, and they must simply pay the price for that. Many insurance carriers accept good student discounts for younger student operators, and other companies may permit occasional operator status on their policy. For older drivers, making sure that you have the correct medical record that shows the physical and mental functionality of the old person to drive the car is wanted to give to the insurance representative. The absence of that note to be provided in timely manner may end in ceasing the policy which might be complex to replace with another company afterwards.
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Ed Sneineh, insurance professional for over 20 years, former college educator of insurance, and founder of Insurance Navy.

Insurance Navy, 4717 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60630 (773) 478-3700. We stay focused on Auto Insurance in Chicago Illinois and low rates for Illinois SR22

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