Owning and driving a car on America’s roads is a costly endeavor in and of itself. If you’re not careful and you commit violations behind the wheel, the price tag can get out of hand.
10 Common Traffic Violations: Here’s How Much Your Insurance Rates Rise
To come up with the figures, Zebra.com analyzed more than 83 million insurance rates across all U.S. ZIP codes.
The analysis used the profile of a 30-year-old single male driver of a 2017 Honda Accord EX with a good driving history and auto insurance that covers:
- $50,000 bodily injury liability per person
- $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident
- $50,000 property damage liability per accident
- $500 deductible for comprehensive and collision
According to the report, the average annual premium for this person would be $1,529 without any violations. Let’s look at 10 common traffic violations and how much they could cause his insurance to go up.
|Driving Violation||% Difference||Dollar Amount Increase|
|Child safety restraint||11.7%||$180|
|Driving without lights||11.7%||$179|
|Failure to show documents||13.5%||$206|
|Driving with expired registration||18.1%||$276|
|Driving too slowly||20.4%||$312|
|Speeding in school zone||20.6%||$315|
|Cell phone violation||20.9%||$320|
|Texting while driving||21.1%||$322|
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