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Buying Auto Insurance When You Don’t Drive

If you don’t have a driver’s license, then you don’t need auto insurance. Seems reasonable – you wouldn’t buy a flight out of the country without your passport. However, you can buy insurance without a license, so the option exists. It must exist for some reason, right?

There are a couple reasons and they are actually more common than you might think. There are multiple scenarios where buying auto insurance as a non-driver is just as important as buying auto insurance when you drive every day.

Underage drivers are one common scenario where you may want to invest in insurance. Many states do not allow minors to enter into a contract. Insurance falls under the umbrella of “a contract.” However, many people under the age of 18 drive. For many people, this is not an issue since they just add their kids to their policy. Adults who don’t drive, but have children who do can effectively do the same thing. You may not drive, but buying an auto insurance policy will allow you to put your underage driver on your policy plus, there are ways for students to get discounts.

Another common scenario – especially for older individuals – is if you have a personal chauffeur. We’re not talking about some guy who drives you around in a limo or a Bentley, but someone who drives around senior citizens who can’t drive anymore, but still need to get from point A to point B. These seniors may not have licenses, but they still need to purchase insurance for their car and driver. Many insurance companies charge seniors more because they are seen as higher risk drivers, but for a senior who does not have a license, this is not a problem. They won’t be driving the car, so age doesn’t matter when writing up the policy. This works the same for those who have health issues that need a caregiver to drive them around.

Perhaps you are working on getting a license. Regardless of whether you have a license or a permit, you need insurance on your car. Adults with permits can get insurance on their car just as any license driver would be able to.

Finally, another scenario that comes up is for those who own a classic car. Classic car insurance exists and will cover that car in the same way that other specialty insurance policies cover boats and ATV’s. However, if you are tempted to have someone drive you around in your beauty of a car, you will want auto insurance there to protect your investment.

However, this doesn’t answer the question of how you get a policy without a driver’s license number. The workaround is pretty simple. If you are not driving, then you must have someone else who is and they have a driver’s license. If you list them as the primary driver, then you can get the policy using their license number.

Anyone with a license can be named your primary driver. It could be your spouse, your son or daughter, or even your friend. The license number corresponds to a driving record which is why you have to have a number. The agent needs to know how much of a risk they are taking by insuring a driver. You may also need to put yourself down as an excluded driver – your name is on the policy as someone who will not be covered when driving. Seeing as you don’t have a license, this shouldn’t be an issue. It is used to reinforce the message that you can’t drive without a license.

In any case, Spencer Insurance Agency can help you get the policy that meets your specific needs. Schedule an appointment today to learn about all of your options and find out which policy will work best for you. Give us a call at (215) 885-2200 or visit us online at https://spencerinsurance.com/.

“Why did my car insurance rates go up when I haven’t any accidents or claims?”

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We hear this question often from our clients.  Car insurance rates for all companies have increased over the last few years and I’d like to address some of the reasons:

  • While technology in cars can make them safer on the road, it also adds to the cost to repair the car. My new Camry has five cameras to help me back up and see what is around my car. It also has lane departure warnings and helps navigate me back into the lane. I also have headlights that move as I turn my car.  All these features are great but to repair a bumper or windshield is now a lot more expensive.
  • There are more cars on the road than ever before and with stable gas prices people are driving more. More driving leads to more accidents.
  • Distracted driving. Do I need to say more?  I was on the road the other day when the driver in the car next to me was holding his cell phone to his ear talking with one hand as he drank his coffee using the other hand.  Not sure how he was driving.  It used to be when one of our clients was rear ended at a traffic light they were hit at about 10 MPH. Now due to distracted driving, drivers don’t even realize the light is red and smash into the car in front of them going 40 or 50 MPH. This leads to much more serious claims and higher payments. Over the last three years our agency has had three claims over $500,000 in liability payments.  Fortunately for two of our clients they purchased an umbrella policy that we recommended.

All these factors contribute to the rise in car insurance rates. Our goal at Spencer Insurance Agency is to make sure you are paying a competitive price for your insurance coverage. We review your renewal policy to make sure it is not out of line.  As independent agents we have several companies to choose from for your auto insurance rates.  If you ever feel your rates are too high let us know. We will check it out.  If another company’s rate seems a lot lower please call to discuss the quote with us to make sure you are getting the same coverage.  The “True Cost of Insurance” is not just the premium but also the additional out of pocket costs you incur because you had the wrong coverage.

Contact Spencer Insurance Agency for a second opinion on your car insurance.

 

Fall is here and so are the Spencer Agency’s fall safety tips!

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As summer comes to a close I ask “will we get rid of this rain and humidity.”  I am looking forward to some crisp fall days and seeing the beautiful change of the color of the trees.

But it would not be fall without Spencer’s fall safety tips.   Check these tips out so you can prevent future claims. This fall section has tips on how to prepare your car and home for fall and winter.  It also has some teen driver tips for parents of teen drivers.

       

Lastly, September is Life insurance awareness month so I have some tips on how to protect your family with life insurance.  Tips on what you need to do with your life insurance if you are getting married or divorced. Rachel will tell you why you should not delay purchasing life insurance.

As always just contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  “Your protection and peace of mind is our only business.”

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I apologize if I am repeating myself but we seem to be the last to know some important changes in our client’s lives.  Many of life’s events have a huge impact on your insurance. I spoke to a friend recently whose son needed to use an Uber driver frequently.  The Uber driver suggested he call him directly and not use the Uber app and he would give him a discount.   Sounds good at first but it is a nightmare for you.  If the Uber driver does not use the Uber App when picking you up then the driver has no insurance coverage for his car. Uber won’t cover him in this case and the personal auto policy has an exclusion for this activity.  Scary, but as I said we are always the last to know important information.

Please contact us and discuss your situation if any of the following life changing events.

  • You are getting married
  • You are getting separated or divorced
  • Having a baby
  • Sending a child to live at college
  • You are putting your house in your children’s name
  • You are putting your house in a trust
  • You are downsizing and preparing for retirement
  • You have unrelated adults living in your home
  • You or your child uses your car for food delivery and/or for Uber or Lyft

Our insurance companies have ways to accommodate most situations but not all.  Contact us to discuss your personal situation. Better to contact us before you do any of these life events so we can discuss how to adjust your insurance coverage so you are properly protected.

Do you know someone who is a parent of a teen driver . . .

If you have a teen driver continue reading.  If not, forward this message to a friend or family member who is a parent of a teen driver.  You will be doing them a favor.

I remember when my four children were teen drivers. My head was spinning. I had to teach them how to drive safely and pay those high rates for car insurance.  Now that I have grandchildren I look forward to watching my children navigate through this process.

Spencer Insurance has help for parents of teen drivers.  Check out our website designed just for parents of teen drivers.

What is on the website?

  • A list of driving schools – email us if you know another good one.
  • Tips and suggestions
    • Parent – teen driving contract
    • 101 Safe Teen Driving Tips
    • 7 costly mistakes parent make
  • Links to the PA, NJ and DE motor vehicle sites to learn how to get a permit
  • A link to our “Safe Teen Driving Course”

Spencer Insurance understands this is an important and stressful time.  Let us help you navigate through this process.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

“Your Protection and Peace of Mind is our only Business.”

 

Did you know the winter holiday season is the peak season for home fires?

      

Enjoy the Holidays and protect your home from accidental fires.  With all the decorating that goes on around our homes this holiday season we need to make sure we protect our homes from accidents and fires.

This video discusses some of the dangers that lurk this holiday season.

In addition, check out our winter safety tips.

At Spencer Insurance Agency, Your protection and peace of mind is our only business!

Contact us today for more information.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

 

                    

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School is back in session so please driver carefully!

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I have been walking my dog in the morning this summer.  It is great to get some exercise for me and Luna.  Now Luna whines to go out as soon as I wake up.  The mornings are getting darker as the sun rises later.  Keep this in mind this week as students go back to school.

Many high schools start early and the students are walking to the bus stop or school in the dark.  Be aware of them.  Allow yourself some extra time to get to work as there will be more congestion now that school is back in session. You may be slowed down by a school bus or students crossing the street.  Be patient.

This is also a good time for parents of teen drivers to check out our website designed just for the parents of teen drivers. Parents need to continue to train their teen drivers even after they get their license.  Make sure they understand the “rules of the house” in regards to driving your car.  Do you have a teen/parent contract?  Do they know the consequences of their actions?  Will they pay your deductible if they have an accident? Spell this out today in a teen/parent contract.  Parent’s need to educate their teen drivers on how car insurance works.

Check out our website designed for the parents of teen drivers to get more tips, links to your state’s motor vehicle department, a list of some driver’s training schools and much more.

Please be careful driving now that school is back in session.

Now is the time to take you Teen Driver out in the snow

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This tip is especially for the parents of teen drivers. Pass it on to someone you know who has a teen driver. Spencer Insurance wants to help take the stress out of teaching your teen driver to become a safe driver.

You are required by the state of Pennsylvania to drive with your teen driver for several hours before they can get their license. What do you do during these hours? Spencer Insurance Agency has 16 lessons for you to follow in our “Safe Teen Driver Course.” Check them out. Especially lesson 12 “Bad Weather.” This is the time to take your teen driver out to learn how to drive in the snow.

We have many other lessons such as Night Driving, Accident Happen, The High Price of driving, Neighborhood driving and many more. Take advantage of this valuable resource.

We have many other tips for Parents of Teen Drivers. Check out our website dedicated just to parents of teen drivers.

Let us know if this information is valuable to you and what other information you would like to see on our page. Good Luck training your Teen Driver to become a safe driver. Don’t forget to review your car insurance during this vulnerable time.

Looking for a Safe and affordable car for you teen driver?

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IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has released their 2014 Top Safety Picks for used vehicles to buy your teen driver. Research has shown that teen drivers aren’t driving safe cars.  The institute has put together a list of affordable vehicles that meet important safety criteria.

 

So if you are shopping for a car for your teen driver to use check out the list!

Distracted Driving – Not Just Your Cell Phone!

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While distracted driving includes the use of cell phones, there are many other dangerous driving distractions.

In a web post (https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/auto/distracted-driving/distracted-driving-statistics.aspx ), Travelers Insurance talks about the many distractions we face while driving.  The bottom line is that anything that takes your eyes off the road is a driving distraction.

Here is a list of some of the distractions and consequences mentioned in that article:

  • Cell phone use – Did you know during the average text your eyes are off the road the length of a football field? You are 23 times more likely to have an accident if you text while driving.
  • Eating – You are 2 times more likely to have an accident if you eat while driving.
  • Dropping a water bottle – Find a safe place and pull over to retrieve the water bottle. You are 9 times more likely to have an accident when you try to retrieve something.
  • Personal Grooming – Wait until you are in the parking lot. You are 3 times more likely to have an accident if groom yourself while driving.

There are many other distractions like reading, checking your GPS, changing the radio channel or CD, reviewing your IPod and looking at people in the back seat.

All of us need to be careful with driving distractions.  As summer approaches more teen drivers will be on the road.  Make sure you review the dangers of distracted driving with your family.  Driving is not the time to multi task.

For more tips for the parents of teen drivers check out our Teen Driver Website!