Car Insurance for Multiple Drivers
Multiple-driver car insurance: basics and background
If you share vehicles in a multi-driver household, it's worth keeping in mind some best practices for car insurance for multiple drivers. Let's dive into the details to understand how additional drivers affect your policy, available discounts, and where to find the cheapest multiple-driver auto insurance options.
Can multiple drivers share car insurance?
Yes. As long as all drivers are listed on the policy and someone pays the bills, you shouldn’t have a problem sharing car insurance with multiple drivers. Your monthly premium will reflect the added risk of multiple drivers using one vehicle — so you'll most likely pay more than you would for a single-driver policy. However, a multiple-driver policy is usually cheaper than purchasing two individual auto insurance policies.
If one of the drivers using the vehicle doesn’t reside in the household, you can add them to the policy as a “non-resident driver.” This means someone on the policy doesn’t live in the listed residence but uses the vehicle frequently. While the exact definition of “frequently” may vary, it’s typically used to describe a driver who uses a car more than 12 times per year.
How does one driver’s ticket or claim affect shared car insurance rates?
If one driver on the policy gets into an accident or receives a ticket, the entire premium will increase. This isn't meant to punish the safe drivers on the policy, but to reflect the increased risk presented by the policy as a whole. Because an insurance company can’t discern between drivers on a shared policy, it applies a blanket rate increase.
If you decide to close the multi-driver policy and purchase car insurance on your own, your new premium should not reflect the accidents or citations caused by the other driver. Violations are connected to you via a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) — a granular report connected to your driving record and used to calculate your personal premium.
If you feel you are paying a penalty for moving violation or accident claim not caused by you, check your MVR to see if a violation is being tied to you and your Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) for details about all insurance claims.
What are the cheapest insurance companies for multiple drivers
In order to find which is the cheapest company for multiple drivers, we created a user profile and compared rates across 5 ZIP codes in the US. Using a married couple with two vehicles, we discovered that Geico and Progressive were the cheapest companies for our user profile.
The Zebra’s auto insurance data methodology
The auto insurance rates published in this guide are based on The Zebra’s annual analysis of average car insurance premiums in every U.S. ZIP code. This data comes to us from Quadrant Information Services, which sources the latest approved rate filings across carriers in each state from S&P Global. Quadrant then uses an internal QA process to validate the information and build reports before the data is queried and analyzed by The Zebra.
Rates are based on a sample driver profile — a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord and full coverage at these levels:
- $50,000 per person/$100,000 per incident for bodily injury liability
- $50,000 per incident for property damage liability
- $500 deductibles for collision and comprehensive coverage
To provide insight to consumers on how specific personal factors (like age, location and coverage level) can affect your premium, this base profile is then adjusted for different factors commonly used by insurance companies. For more information, see our full data methodology.
Use the above rates as a jumping-off point before comparing insurance companies to find the ideal policy for you. The easiest way to get free online car insurance quotes is to use The Zebra's auto insurance comparison app.
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A car insurance policy for multiple drivers isn't much different than a single-driver policy. As long as each driver is added to the policy and someone pays the bills, you shouldn't run into issues with your insurance company. The only unique attribute of multi-driver auto insurance is how every driver’s history will affect the policy. Because insurance companies can’t compartmentalize risk distribution between individual drivers on a policy, your rates could rise if one driver exhibits reckless behavior. Rest assured, however, their driving record won’t follow you if you decide to split the policy up in the future.
Listing multiple drivers on a single policy will generally be cheaper than maintaining two separate insurance policies. Many insurance companies provide a “multiple drivers” discount, rewarding you for adding an extra line of business to your policy. The same goes for insuring multiple cars, or adding a renters or homeowners policy.
Car insurance for multiple drivers FAQs
What documents are required when adding a driver to a policy that already exists?
Depending on the insurance company you use, adding and dropping drivers can be done online or over the phone with your insurance agent. You will need to have certain information handy in order to officially add them as a driver:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number
Is car insurance cheaper with multiple drivers?
It is cheaper to have multiple drivers and/or vehicles on one policy than it is to enroll in two separate insurance policies. With more than one driver or vehicle, your insurance company may reward you with a "multi-vehicle" or "multi-drivers" discount, a common discount opportunity available across insurance companies.
How many drivers can you have listed on your insurance?
This depends on your insurer. Most companies allow up to a specific amount of drivers or vehicles on one policy. Typically, this number is four each but can vary from one company to another. For more information, contact your insurance provider.
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