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How much does car insurance cost for teens?

It's no secret that insurance for teen drivers is notoriously pricey. The typical teen pays $1,332 for car insurance on their parent's policy every six months. If you're a male teen driver, you should expect to pay more than a female teen driver — $1,407 for a six-month insurance policy for a male teen versus $1,257 for a female teen. Per month, male teen drivers pay $25 more for car insurance than female drivers on their parents' auto insurance policy.

Given the expense of insuring a teen driver, we’ve outlined the best companies for teen drivers below. Continue reading to see state-by-state and coverage-specific costs, along with other ways to save.

The best car insurance companies for teen drivers

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USAA consistently placed in the number one spot for teen drivers in The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

The Zebra conducted a survey with the intention of understanding carriers from a customer's perspective. We asked how each major carrier held up in online experience, claims satisfaction, ease of use, customer service, trustworthiness, and willingness to recommend. Drivers in the youngest age group surveyed consistently ranked USAA and State Farm in the top two spots across the board. In the overall category, USAA and State Farm both received 4.5 stars from this age group.

Rank Company Average Customer Satisfaction Rating (out of 5)
1st USAA 4.5
2nd State Farm 4.5
3rd Kemper 4.2
4th GEICO 4.2
5th Farmers 4.2
6th Travelers 4.2
7th Progressive 4.1
8th Erie 4.1
9th Auto Club (AAA)  4.1
10th Allstate 4.0
11th National General 4.0
12th American Family 4.0
13th Liberty Mutual 3.9
14th Nationwide 3.8
15th Auto-Owners 3.3

How much does car insurance cost for teen drivers?

Car insurance is even more expensive for teen drivers on their own policy — on average, it costs $2,287 every six months. To save the most money, insuring a teen driver under their parents' policy is almost always the best way to go; compared to a standalone policy for a teenage driver, parents can save $955 every six months by adding them to their policy. Consult the table below to see auto insurance rates for teen drivers on their own policy — ordered from cheapest to most expensive.

Teen carrier rates data visualization
Carrier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
USAA $1,919 $320
State Farm $2,363 $394
American Family $2,421 $404
GEICO $2,651 $442
Nationwide $2,826 $471
Allstate $3,417 $569
Amica Mutual $3,490 $582
Farmers $3,603 $600
Progressive $3,921 $654
Liberty Mutual $4,271 $712

The data above comes from 2020 rate filings and should be considered an estimate of your potential costs. If you want real quotes based on your driving profile, enter your ZIP code below to compare quotes.

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Auto insurance for teens by gender

For teen drivers, gender makes an impact on what you pay for car insurance. However, this factor becomes less significant as drivers age into adulthood. On average, it costs an extra $300 a year to add a young male driver versus a female teen driver to their parents' policy. Young male drivers are typically more expensive to insure than young female drivers.

Gender Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Female $2,739 $457
Male $3,186 $531

To see a breakdown of the cheapest insurance companies for teens by gender, continue reading.

Car insurance for male teenage drivers

Male teen drivers typically pay more in premium than female drivers because of the comparative risk they present. On average, adding a son to your policy will raise your car insurance rates by $725.

The cheapest insurance companies for adding a male teen driver (between the ages of 16 and 19) to their parents' policy are USAA and State Farm.

Carrier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
USAA $2,038 $340
State Farm $2,592 $432
American Family $2,701 $450
GEICO $2,833 $472
Nationwide $3,129 $521
Amica Mutual $3,584 $597
Allstate $3,698 $616
Farmers $3,887 $648
Progressive $4,156 $693
Liberty Mutual $5,302 $884

Car insurance for female teenage drivers

While not as expensive as teenage male drivers, adding a young daughter to your policy can still increase your insurance rate by an average of $575 every six months. The average monthly premium for a female teen driver on her parent’s policy is $209 — about $1,257 for a six-month policy.

Carrier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
USAA $1,800 $300
State Farm $2,133 $356
American Family $2,142 $357
GEICO $2,470 $412
Nationwide $2,523 $420
Allstate $3,136 $523
Liberty Mutual $3,241 $540
Farmers $3,319 $553
Amica Mutual $3,395 $566
Progressive $3,687 $614

USAA and State Farm are the most affordable insurance companies for female drivers between the ages of 16 and 19.

Average cost of car insurance for teens by coverage level

The amount of coverage your teen needs will depend on your vehicle and your personal preferences. We’ll group levels of coverage into three categories: best, good, and minimum:

The data below shows average rates for teenage drivers on their own policy, as opposed to simply joining their parents' policy (see above for that information). 


"Best” car insurance coverage level for teen drivers

We recommend the “best” coverage level if your teen is driving a high-performance car, you have considerable assets* or you have a loaned or leased vehicle.

Carrier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Allstate $4,294 $716
American Family $2,868 $478
Amica Mutual $4,749 $792
Farmers $5,104 $851
GEICO $3,059 $510
Liberty Mutual $4,194 $699
Nationwide $3,033 $506
Progressive $5,323 $887
State Farm $3,263 $544
USAA $2,520 $420

*Although we always encourage high levels of liability, if you have considerable financial assets your liability insurance can protect you from having these assets seized if you are sued after an accident. You can be sued if the damage you cause after an accident exceeds the value of your insurance.


“Good” insurance coverage level for teen drivers

Our “good” coverage offers a middle ground between state liability and top-tier coverage. It offers 50/100/50 liability limits and full coverage with a deductible of $1,000.

Carrier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Allstate $3,722 $620
American Family $2,457 $410
Amica Mutual $3,999 $667
Farmers $4,357 $726
GEICO $2,541 $424
Liberty Mutual $3,183 $530
Nationwide $2,649 $442
Progressive $4,420 $737
State Farm $2,885 $481
USAA $2,123 $354

While higher deductibles can help lower your overall premium, $500 deductibles are more common than $1,000. If you’d prefer a $500 deductible, it would raise the group average of the above premiums by 19%, or $977 every six months.

Minimum coverage

Minimum liability coverage will keep you in good graces with your state’s department of insurance. However, it’s not recommended for more than a few years — especially if you have teen drivers.

  • Having a history of low insurance coverage can make it more expensive to get insurance in the future because of the risk insurance companies see with drivers who carry minimum coverage.
  • You risk being underinsured in the event of an at-fault accident. This means you can be sued for any monetary damage that is not covered by your liability insurance.
  • You have no physical coverage for your vehicle. Consider at-fault accidents, damage caused by uninsured drivers or comprehensive claims (like theft, weather and animal-related damage) before you drop this coverage.

However, minimum coverage is much cheaper than other coverages. If you’re worried about insurance costs, you can consider purchasing the state-mandated minimum liability for your coverage needs.

Carrier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Allstate $1,559 $260
American Family $1,095 $182
Amica Mutual $1,609 $268
Farmers $2,135 $356
GEICO $966 $161
Liberty Mutual $1,460 $243
Nationwide $1,154 $192
Progressive $1,885 $314
State Farm $1,271 $212
USAA $845 $141

In our analysis of the cheapest insurance companies for teenage drivers, we found that USAA was the cheapest for all coverage levels.

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Average car insurance premiums for teen drivers by state

Car insurance is pricier for teens than other age groups in every state.  But, the average cost of insurance for teens can vary from state to state.


State Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Alabama $3,125 $521
Alaska $2,471 $412
Arizona $2,676 $446
Arkansas $3,404 $567
California $2,668 $445
Colorado $3,347 $558
Connecticut $3,494 $582
Delaware $4,057 $676
Florida $3,771 $628
Georgia $3,269 $545
Hawaii $923 $154
Idaho $2,087 $348
Illinois $2,582 $430
Indiana $2,333 $389
Iowa $2,035 $339
Kansas $2,979 $497
Kentucky $5,043 $840
Louisiana $5,423 $904
Maine $2,133 $355
Maryland $3,526 $588
Massachusetts $3,097 $516
Michigan $4,623 $771
Minnesota $2,833 $472
Mississippi $2,602 $434
Missouri $3,051 $508
Montana $2,843 $474
Nebraska $2,582 $430
Nevada $3,327 $554
New Hampshire $2,738 $456
New Jersey $4,401 $733
New Mexico $2,644 $441
New York $3,929 $655
North Carolina $1,413 $236
North Dakota $3,091 $515
Ohio $1,984 $331
Oklahoma $2,908 $485
Oregon $2,871 $478
Pennsylvania $2,862 $477
Rhode Island $4,480 $747
South Carolina $2,892 $482
South Dakota $2,287 $381
Tennessee $2,936 $489
Texas $3,412 $569
Utah $3,022 $504
Vermont $2,424 $404
Virginia $2,506 $418
Washington $2,955 $493
Washington D.C. $3,345 $558
West Virginia $3,107 $518
Wisconsin $2,220 $370
Wyoming $2,536 $423

How to find cheap car insurance for teens

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to avoid paying significantly more for coverage for teen drivers. As they age and get more driving experience, their risk will lower. However, there are a few steps you can consider to lessen the financial blow. Let's get started.

Good student discount

If your driver has good grades, typically over a 3.0, you might want to consider the Good Student Discount. Your insurer would require proof, such as a transcript, every six months in order to qualify. On average and combined with a good driver discount, you can expect an average savings of $283! See more information on student discounts from top car insurance companies.

Age Male Female
16 $439 $248
17 $348 $222
18 $338 $197
19 $278 $160

Defensive driver/safe driving discount

Another option is what’s called a defensive driver discount. Young drivers who have taken a professional driving course are less likely to receive a citation or get into an accident. These courses can also help teach teens good driving habits to help reduce the potential for citations and accidents which can raise your premium. The exact requirements and specifications for this discount vary, so consult your insurance company for details to get a cheaper rate.

State- and school-run programs offer teen driving safety courses. Make sure you check with your insurance company about the requirements before signing up.

Choose a moderately priced vehicle

Insurance companies not only use you as a rating factor for determining your car insurance rate but also your vehicle. If you’re interested in keeping your premium down it makes financial sense to choose a cheaper vehicle (like a used car) for less experienced drivers. Save the new trucks or luxury vehicles for more experienced drivers.

See our article for more information on moderately priced vehicles for teens.

Keep your teen on your car insurance policy

Although there are some reasons to exclude your teen drivers from your policy, the most cost-efficient solution is to keep them on your policy. Experienced drivers will help reduce the risk presented by a young driver and thus reduce your insurance premium from your car insurance company.

Consider additional coverage options

If you're not totally convinced by your teen's driving abilities, you may want to consider what's called accident forgiveness to your policy. While it varies by insurer and your state, this would "forgive" the first accident on your insurance policy — meaning, your rate wouldn't be raised just because you had an auto accident. Note that not every insurance company offers this protection, and there may also be some age and location restrictions.

Don't pay for coverage you don't need

If your new driver will be using an older vehicle, make sure you're not paying for coverage you do not need. Collision and comprehensive coverage are only designed for leased or financed cars, or vehicles worth more than $4,000. Compare the cost of paying for repairs out of pocket with the cost of comprehensive and collision insurance to see if dropping these coverages seems worthwhile. 

The logic behind this is simple; if your vehicle isn't worth much to begin with, paying for coverage you do not need is a waste of money. You can determine the value of your vehicle by using online resources such as Kelley Blue Book and NADA online.

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Recent Questions:

What is the cheapest car to have my teenage son drive?

With most companies, all drivers on the policy are covered to drive all cars on the policy. This means vehicles are not typically assigned to a driver.
Jun 25, 2019 Owasso, OK

Is my teenager covered to drive my vehicle if he is not listed on my policy?

If your son is driving your vehicle on a regular basis then he absolutely needs to be covered as a driver. Avoiding a premium increase by not listing people who drive your vehicle regularly is fraudulent and could result in some extremely negative outcomes especially if that person is involved in an accident behind the wheel of your car; namely, a denied claim and a huge repair bill.
Nov 15, 2016 East Norwich, NY

Is it possible to have our teenager on a separate auto policy as my wife and I?

Typically, it is not cheaper to have your child on a separate policy. Some of the big rating factors are credit and current insurance status.
Oct 15, 2018 Tempe, AZ

Can I limit to children to only drive the cheapest vehicle?

California operates under a "rated driver" pricing system in auto insurance. Basically, all drives must be "rate" to a particular vehicle.
Dec 13, 2018 Redwood City, CA

Ava Lynch
Ava LynchSenior Analyst

Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years.

Ava currently provides insights and data analysis as one of The Zebra's property and casualty insurance experts. Her work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, Car and Driver, and Yahoo! Finance.

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