Here's what you need to know when driving in Delaware
Across the First State, there are 13,613 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.
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Compare the best rates from 3 car insurance companies in Delaware.
Across the First State, there are 13,613 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.
|Rank||Company Name||Avg. Annual Premium|
|9||National Grange Mutual||$1,548|
Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Delaware drivers without a recent at-fault accident save 35% on their car insurance, on average — above the national average of 32%. In addition to earning a cheaper premium for driving incident-free, you may qualify for a safe-driving bonus through your car insurance company. The amount of these discounts may vary, but they typically run between 5 and 10%.
|Rating Factor||$ Savings||% Savings|
|No Traffic Tickets||$378||18.44%|
Young drivers (those between the ages of 16 and 25) pay extraordinarily high auto insurance rates, with those aged 16-19 paying the most expensive premiums of all. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teens pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In Delaware, one of the most expensive states for teen drivers, the typical teenager pays $6,683 per year — about $1,700 more than the national annual average.
|Age||Annual Rate with Parents||Annual Rate Alone|
If you have no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, or DUIs, you can save money on car insurance. As insurance companies use your driving record as a way to predict the level of risk you present, keeping your driving record clean will lead to lower premiums. It's especially important to avoid at-fault accidents, speeding tickets and DUI citations in Delaware, where insurance penalties are larger than in other states. In fact, a single speeding ticket could raise your car insurance rates by 18% in the Diamond State.
|Rating Factor||Annual Rate||% Increase|
Every car insurance company advertises its affordable premiums. But just like with any service, the cheapest auto insurance isn't always the best choice. Considering the stakes, it's worth doing your research to discover an auto policy that can cover your car completely after an accident. Consider weighing your options to unearth the best value, rather than settling for the cheapest auto insurance available.
Review top auto insurance companies' financial strength and claims satisfaction levels to better understand the quality of service you will receive. Claims satisfaction — measured by J.D. Power — is ranked on a scale of 2 to 5, with 5 being "among the best" and 2 being "the rest." Financial strength — calculated by A.M. Best and ranging from "Poor" to "Superior" — assesses an insurance company's financial strength and ability to fulfill its contractual and policy obligations.
|Insurance Company||Claims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)||Financial Strength (A.M. Best)|
|Atlantic States||Not Rated||Excellent|
|Cal Casualty||Not Rated||Excellent|
|Donegal Mutual||Not Rated||Excellent|
|National Grange Mutual||Not Rated||Excellent|
The legal minimum car insurance in the state of Delaware is $25,000 Bodily Injury per person, $50,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $10,000 Property Damage per accident.
If you choose the legal minimum coverage in Delaware, you'll owe an average of $1,048 yearly. This cost is more costly than the national average by 59%. If you opt for better auto insurance coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, protecting against costs incurred by auto crashes, theft, or weather incidents. It's worth noting that better car insurance comes at a cost: in Delaware, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,534, 46% more than basic insurance coverage. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 61% more than you might for a liability-only policy.
Contrast average expenditures for liability-only and comprehensive coverage levels below.
|Location||Liability-Only||Comprehensive — $1,000 Deductible||Comprehensive — $500 Deductible|
Liability coverage is legally required in Delaware and pays for injury and lost wages that you cause to another driver or their passengers as well as damage to the other driver’s vehicle in the event that you are considered “at fault” in an accident. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into three categories. In Delaware, the minimum is listed as 25/50/10 and explained below:
Personal Injury Protection provides coverage for medical costs that you and your passengers incur in an accident regardless of fault. PIP will cover medical expenses such as hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and even work loss resulting from an accident. In Delaware, minimum PIP coverage is explained below:
These numbers reflect the minimum limits required in Delaware but higher coverage amounts are available with most companies.
No. In Delaware, you are only legally and financially responsible for damages you cause in a collision, unlike a no-fault state.
If your current company is recognized by Delaware's DMV department, online insurance is accepted.
Yes. In order to legally register and drive your vehicle on public roads, your vehicle needs to be insured.
Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Millsboro, Delaware, and the most expensive in Edgemoor, Delaware.
|Rank||City||Avg. Annual Premium|
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The Delaware lookback period is 10 years for a second offense. For third and subsequent offenses, the lookback period extends to consider all past DUI convictions.
All offenders are subject to longer license revocation periods based on their BAC reading at the time of arrest.
First-time DUI offenders in Delaware are subject to:
Delaware requires drivers to drive at a “reasonable and prudent speed” for the conditions and taking into account any special hazards or incidents.
You are speeding in Delaware if your speed exceeds:
Reckless driving in Delaware is classified as driving a vehicle with a “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” In other words, driving in an unsafe and hazardous manner, in spite of laws and common sense, may lead to a charge of reckless driving.
Like many other states, Delaware has strict laws outlining the use of wireless electronic devices while driving.
You are guilty of distracted driving in Delaware if you are holding an electronic device in your hand while:
Speed exhibitions, drag races, and speed contests are all considered types of racing in Delaware.
Drivers are committing an offense of racing in Delaware if:
As a fault-based state, Delaware uses a system of “moderate comparative fault” for determining compensation following an accident. In such a system, a driver is only entitled to compensation from another at-fault driver if the at-fault party is more than 50 percent at fault.
The driver who deserves compensation will receive a payout based on their own share of fault for a given accident.
When you receive a ticket your car insurance rates will probably go up. By how much depends on the violation's severity, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance risks and regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.
See below car insurance costs in Delaware after a few common citations.
|Violation||Avg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate||% Insurance Rate Increase||$ Insurance Rate Increase|
|Hit and Run||$3,463||89%||$1,635|
|Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test||$3,411||87%||$1,583|
|Driving with a Suspended License||$3,091||69%||$1,263|
|Driving with an Open Container||$2,370||30%||$541|
|Operating a Vehicle Without Permission||$3,005||64%||$1,177|
|Passing a School Bus||$2,794||53%||$966|
|Following Too Closely||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Failure to Stop at a Red Light||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Failure to Yield||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Speeding in a School Zone||$2,207||21%||$379|
|Driving Too Slowly||$2,207||21%||$379|
|Driving with Expired Registration||$2,698||48%||$870|
|Failure to Show Documents||$2,159||18%||$330|
|Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint||$1,866||2%||$37|
|Failure to Wear a Seat Belt||$1,866||2%||$37|
|Driving Without Lights||$1,866||2%||$37|
At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Delaware area, while also getting an insider view of the First State.
So, students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that's great! But there are no limits to what we're looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.
The length of the road trip to your feature destrination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that's just two miles from home, we want to see it.
Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. Upon notification, winner(s) must supply a current proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance.
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