Here's what you need to know when driving in Georgia
Across the Peach State, there are 257,077 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 11 car insurance companies in Georgia.
Across the Peach State, there are 257,077 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.
|Rank||Company Name||Avg. Annual Premium|
|6||Georgia Farm Bureau||$1,286|
Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Georgia drivers without a recent at-fault accident save 37% on their car insurance, on average — a solid amount more than the national average of 32%. In addition to earning a cheaper premium for driving incident-free, you may qualify for a safe-driving bonus through your car insurance company. The amount of these discounts may vary, but they typically run between 5 and 10%.
|Rating Factor||$ Savings||% Savings|
|No Traffic Tickets||$287||17.33%|
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 Georgia, the typical teen driver pays $5,082 per year — about $100 more than the national average and more than three times what the average Georgia driver pays.
|Age||Annual Rate with Parents||Annual Rate Alone|
If you have a clean driving record — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably pay less for car insurance. Conversely, a bad driving record will cause your rates to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 34% after a DUI, 37% after an at-fault accident, and 17% after a speeding ticket in Georgia. Car insurance companies penalize Peach State drivers less severely after DUI violations than many other states. If you have a sparkling clean driving history, be sure to inquire about your insurer's safe driver discount.
|Rating Factor||Annual Rate||% Increase|
Each auto insurer boasts about its low costs. But just like with any product, the cheapest choice isn't always the finest idea. Considering the stakes, it's worth doing the due diligence to find an insurance policy that protects your car completely in the event of a collision. Work to find the best value, rather than settling for the most affordable car insurance you can find.
Review popular auto insurers' financial strength and claims satisfaction ratings to better understand the quality of service you'll receive. Claims satisfaction — measured by J.D. Power — is rated 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 "Superior" to "Poor" — assesses an insurance company's financial strength and ability to meet its contractual and policy obligations.
|Insurance Company||Claims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)||Financial Strength (A.M. Best)|
|Cal Casualty||Not Rated||Excellent|
|Central Mutual||Not Rated||Excellent|
|Georgia Farm Bureau||Not Rated||Good|
The minimum required insurance in Georgia is $25,000 Bodily Injury per person, $50,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $25,000 Property Damage per accident.
If you elect the minimum required coverage in Georgia, you'll pay a mean of $661 annually. This expenditure is more expensive than the U.S. average by 1%. If you want better coverage, you can purchase a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against damages caused by vehicular accidents, theft and vandalism, or weather conditions. However, better coverage comes with a price: in Georgia, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible runs $1,246, 88% more than liability-only coverage. For comprehensive coverage with a $500 deductible, you can expect to pay 110% more than you would for liability-only insurance.
Analyze average expenditures for basic, good, and great insurance levels below.
|Location||Liability-Only||Comprehensive — $1,000 Deductible||Comprehensive — $500 Deductible|
Liability coverage is legally required in Georgia 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 Georgia, the minimum is listed as 25/50/25 and explained below:
These numbers reflect the minimum limits required in Georgia but higher coverage amounts are available with most companies.
Yes. If you have a vehicle registered in the state of Georgia that is driven or parked on public roads, you need to maintain at least state-minimum liability insurance.
In Georgia, car insurance follows the vehicle. If you borrowed a friend's insured vehicle and got into an accident, your friend's insurance would cover the damage.
This depends on how the law is enforced by the police. Because it is a misdemeanor to drive without insurance in Georgia, the vehicle could be impounded. Your license and registration could be suspended, and you could face fines.
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 Hinesville, Georgia, and the most expensive in East Point, Georgia.
|Rank||City||Avg. Annual Premium|
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Georgia imposes mandatory minimum jail time for DUI. In addition, the lookback period in Georgia is 10 years.
The penalties for a first-time DUI offense in Georgia are:
Drivers are speeding in Georgia when their speed exceeds:
Drivers are guilty of reckless driving in Georgia when driving a vehicle in “reckless disregard for the safety of persons and property.”
Distracted driving in Georgia constitutes any activities which impact a driver’s visual, manual, or cognitive focus, including:
Racing in Georgia is defined as the use of one or more vehicles “in an attempt to outgain, outdistance, or prevent another vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or vehicles, or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes.”
Georgia is a fault-based state, using a system of comparative fault to assign blame and liability for an accident. One or more drivers may be assigned a percentage of fault for an accident, and any compensation to which they are entitled is reduced by the sum of damages for which they are deemed responsible.
If you get a ticket, your auto insurance premiums may rise. How much your rates rise depends on the specific citation, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.
Below is a look at average auto insurance rates in Georgia after a few common citations.
|Violation||Avg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate||% Insurance Rate Increase||$ Insurance Rate Increase|
|Hit and Run||$2,969||92%||$1,421|
|Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test||$2,813||82%||$1,266|
|Driving with a Suspended License||$2,607||68%||$1,060|
|Driving with an Open Container||$2,148||39%||$601|
|Operating a Vehicle Without Permission||$2,289||48%||$741|
|Passing a School Bus||$2,183||41%||$636|
|Following Too Closely||$2,001||29%||$454|
|Failure to Stop at a Red Light||$2,029||31%||$481|
|Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane||$2,029||31%||$481|
|Failure to Yield||$2,029||31%||$481|
|Speeding in a School Zone||$2,000||29%||$453|
|Driving Too Slowly||$2,000||29%||$453|
|Driving with Expired Registration||$2,018||30%||$471|
|Failure to Show Documents||$1,829||18%||$282|
|Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint||$1,648||7%||$101|
|Failure to Wear a Seat Belt||$1,648||7%||$101|
|Driving Without Lights||$1,547||0%||$0|
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 Georgia area, while also getting an insider view of the Peach 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.
Your original video should not exceed 2 minutes
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your name, address, and phone number when you submit
Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $1,000
Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2019
Winner(s) will be selected and notified by email by January 31st, 2020
The winner will be selected based on creativity in the content and presentation
*Upon notification, winner(s) must also supply a current proof of enrollment at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States.
By participating, entrants represent that the video submitted is their sole and original work and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party. In other words, no copyrighted music or images may be used.
Employees of The Zebra and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest.
Written credits for any technical or talent positions (e.g., editor, director, actors) should be included with your submission, along with any sources used to create the video.
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