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Not sure whether you need young or new driver insurance? We’ve taken the time to answer some frequently asked questions so you have all the information you need to get a quote.
Young driver insurance is where insurance companies create specific, more affordable policies for younger drivers. All in a bid to help new drivers get behind the wheel without breaking the bank.
Once you’ve passed your driving test, graduated from a learner to a qualified driver and purchased your first car, you’ll need to arrange car insurance. This is to ensure you’re protected on the road and to meet the minimum legal requirements – any learner driver insurance won’t be enough anymore. But you’ll probably have a tough time finding cheap car insurance for young drivers. That’s why we offer a range of products for young drivers that’ll help keep your costs down while you build up your No Claims Discount.
If you own a car that you’re planning to drive (once you’ve passed your test) then it’s a legal requirement to have a minimum of third party car insurance in place.
If you don’t own a car, it is possible to be added as a named driver to a friend or parents’ car insurance policy – however, this can be an expensive option and could affect the car owners’ No Claims Bonus should you have an accident.
You’ll probably find car insurance is expensive for young and new drivers. This is due to a lack of experience behind the wheel increasing your risk of an accident and whole bunch of statistics to back this up .
Although there’s no doubt your first few years of driving will see your insurance at the highest it’ll probably ever be, there are a few things you can consider to try and keep the cost down as a young driver.
1) Choose a car with a small engine
Although you may want to go big for your first car, smaller engines are much cheaper to insure. Save the bigger engines for a few years down the line when you’ve built your No Claims Discount (NCD) as vehicles with powerful engines aren’t the best cars to insure for young drivers who want to keep costs down.
2) Opt for a black box
Black box insurance lets you earn your way to cheaper insurance by proving to insurers that you’re a safe driver.
3) Pay yearly
Opting to pay monthly can be more convenient, but usually incurs a higher overall fee. Paying yearly can save you a fair bit of cash.
4) Insure yourself on a short-term basis
Don’t need to use your car during certain periods? No worries. You can insure yourself on a short-term basis .
5) Add a named driver
Adding an experienced named driver can reduce the cost of your insurance as you’ll be sharing use of the car with them.
6) Increase your excess
Increasing your voluntary excess can bring your insurance cost down. But it’s important to make sure you could afford to pay it if you need to claim.
7) Apply more security
Spending some time improving your car’s security (such as by installing an immobiliser) can sometimes get cheaper car insurance quotes for young drivers.
8) Choose level of cover carefully
Making sure you have the right level of cover is vital. Always make sure you’re covered for what you need. And don’t always assume that third party only insurance is the least expensive.
9) Use student discount
You may be able to use your Totum student discount on your car insurance.
10) Undertake Pass Plus
Pass Plus can teach you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel, which in turn, could reduce the cost of your insurance.
No two drivers are the same. That’s why it’s a good idea to spend some time personalising your car insurance cover to make sure you’re protected for those unexpected situations - such as breakdowns, third party claims or simply losing your keys!
When you use Endsleigh Compare, these options may differ depending on the insurer you choose, but you may be able to personalise your policy with optional extras such as:
RAC breakdown cover
Save on breakdown cover from the RAC at discounted student prices. Each cover option will fix your car at the roadside if you are over a quarter of a mile away from home, or take you to a nearby garage. There are no call-out or mileage charges.
Never broken down before? Find out more about what to expect if you breakdown.
If you have an accident that’s not your fault, this cover will usually provide legal representation for you and all named drivers on your policy to pursue recovery of costs not covered by your car insurance from the other driver. You'll also normally receive help to defend your legal rights if an accident leads to a motoring offence.
Some insurers may offer excess protection. This covers the reimbursement of a car insurance policy excess you have to pay following an accident, although please note that windscreen excesses are usually not included.
This provides cover for replacing locks and keys for your car, home and office, including locksmith charges.
Enhanced personal accident cover
If you're injured in an accident, you may be left unable to work - either while you recover or permanently, dependent on the severity of your injuries. Enhanced personal accident cover will provide a specified lump sum which may provide immediate security in assisting with bills, medical costs and other expenses that may be incurred.
Hire car cover
If your car is written-off or stolen and not recovered, this cover will provide you with a car to use anywhere in the UK, usually for up to 21 days – although check your policy documents to be sure. Normally, all named drivers on your policy aged between 18-79 (with a full UK licence) will be able to use this car and you will be covered for up to two claims per policy.
It’s not always easy to find cheap car insurance for new drivers, but there are some easy ways to keep costs down. Here are some of our top tips:
Cheaper cars bring smaller insurance premiums, so think carefully about what car you choose when you first pass your test. Modifications and engine size can also affect the cost of your new driver insurance.
Increasing your voluntary excess can bring down your premium – but remember that this amount will be combined with your compulsory excess, so you’ll just want to make sure you’d be able to comfortably afford this in the event of a claim.
If you only need to get covered on a friend or parents’ car for a couple of weeks, you may only need temporary car insurance.
Black box insurance rewards you with regular discounts off your insurance price, just for driving well. Not only that, but your driving score counts towards getting you a great renewal price, so you can carry on saving on your car insurance.
Overall, drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 would benefit from opting for young driver car insurance in order to get an affordable policy. As the years go by and you continue to build your No Claims Discount , your insurance should gradually come down, meaning you no longer need to search for the best car insurance for young drivers.
When opting for young driver car insurance, you’ll still be able to choose between the standard levels of cover: third party only, third party fire and theft and comprehensive. You can read more about what these levels of cover mean, but comprehensive cover will protect you the most and could better put your mind at ease when you’re behind the wheel.
If you learnt to drive in your own car, or a family member/friend’s, you’ll have had learner driver insurance in place prior to your test. Once you pass your test and become a qualified driver, it’s important to remember this policy will be void and you need to upgrade to young driver car insurance.