Insurance

Illinois requires all drivers to get auto insurance, which will help pay for medical costs and damage if you’re in a crash. As a new teen driver with an instruction permit, you won’t need your own insurance coverage until you start driving without supervision. Check with your family’s insurance agent to find out when your coverage should begin.

Planning ahead: How can I help keep teen driver auto insurance costs down?

  • Keep your grades up. Most insurers offer lower auto insurance rates for students with a “B” or higher grade average.
  • Investigate discounts. Many insurers offer discounts for teen drivers who complete driver’s education or defensive driving courses.
  • Don’t get your own car yet. If you won’t be the main driver for any of your family’s vehicles and can be classified as an occasional driver of one car, you could save your family hundreds of dollars in auto insurance.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Now is the time to drive a lot with your parents under different conditions, so you’ll have fewer surprises (and potential crashes) when you’re driving solo.
  • Partner with your parents. Research shows that teen drivers with more involved parents get fewer tickets and engage in less risky driving. Avoiding tickets and crashes will help keep your auto insurance rates down. Completing a parent-teen driving agreement with your parents can help.

Auto Insurance Requirements in Illinois

All Illinois drivers are required to have liability insurance at the minimum levels of $20,000 per person for bodily injury, $40,000 per crash for bodily injury and $15,000 for property damage (20/40/15). Auto insurance companies in Illinois determine rates based on factors such as your driving record, how long you’ve been a licensed driver, how much you drive, where you live and what you drive. Learn more about Illinois auto insurance requirements from the Illinois Secretary of State Office.

Check into car insurance available through AAA.

  • AAA StartSmart – A series of newsletters that address the challenges teens face when learning to drive.