New Hampshire teens driving with a licensed adult supervising them do not need to have their own insurance policies. Once they start driving on their own, however, teens need insurance, so you will want to explore options to keep these costs reasonable.
Most families add teens to their existing auto insurance policies. You could also comparison shop to find the best insurance option for your family.
Saving Money on Car Insurance
Because the risk of a crash is significantly higher for teen drivers, particularly during the first year of driving, your teen’s car insurance rate likely will be higher than your own. Here are a few strategies to help you reduce auto insurance costs both now and once you add your teen driver.
- Raise deductibles to lower premiums. Ask your auto insurance representative how much you could save by increasing your deductible. If you file a claim after raising your deductible, you’ll pay a larger share of the costs.
- Investigate discounts. Many insurers offer discounts for students with a “B” or higher grade average and for teens who complete driver education or defensive driving courses.
- Share vehicles. How you classify your new teen driver—as the main or an occasional driver of one vehicle, for example, will affect auto insurance premiums, so consider sharing vehicles.
- Avoid sports cars and SUVs. Many experts agree that mid-sized sedans are the best choice for teens. Small cars don’t offer as much protection in crashes, sporty cars may encourage speeding or recklessness, and SUVs and pick-up trucks are more difficult to maneuver and more likely to have roll-over crashes. So, for safety as well as lower auto insurance rates, consider a mid-size sedan when it’s time to look for a car.
- Practice, practice, practice. Now is the time to drive with your teen under varied conditions, so there will be fewer surprises (and potential crashes) when you’re not in the vehicle.
- Be involved. Research shows that teens with more involved parents get fewer tickets and engage in less risky driving. Avoiding tickets and crashes will help keep your insurance rates down. A parent-teen driving agreement can help you set rules and stay involved.
Car Insurance Requirements in New Hampshire
New Hampshire does not require drivers to carry auto insurance, but you must be able to demonstrate you can meet NH Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Requirements in the event of an “at fault” collision. If you are unable to meet these requirements, then your driving privileges may be suspended unless you purchase auto insurance.
If you are required to buy insurance, the minimum limits available for liability coverage are $25,000 per person for bodily injury, $50,000 if two or more persons are hurt and $25,000 for property damage (25/50/25). Drivers that purchase auto insurance for personal use must also buy at least $1,000 of medical payments coverage and uninsured motorist coverage at limits equal to their auto liability coverage. Insurance companies in New Hampshire determine rates 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 about insurance available through AAA for teen drivers and their families.