Farmers offers a good driver discount but does not advertise a specific amount, since it varies by state. In order to receive a Farmers good driver discount, drivers must be accident and violation-free for at least three years. This can even include time that you've been insured by another company.
After get into an accident or get a ticket, you will have to wait three years in order to qualify for the discount again. Additionally, accidents that are forgiven by Farmers accident forgiveness still count against your good driver discount, even though your base premium will not go up.
If you don’t qualify for Farmers’ good driver discount, there are still ways to save on your premium. For example, Farmers offers a multi-vehicle discount for drivers who insure more than one vehicle on their policy. You can also lower your rate by altering your coverage or increasing your deductible.
Completing a Geico defensive driving course qualifies drivers for a discount of up to 5% or 10% on their Geico car insurance premium. Geico-approved online defensive driving courses cost $14.95 to $24.95, depending on the provider and your state of residence.
In general, Geico defensive driving courses improve students’ driving skills by teaching them how to react effectively in hazardous situations. Main topics include how to drive in bad weather and on wet or icy roads, how to correct course if you lose control, how to veer off the roadway safely, and how to react if something crosses into your lane suddenly. Courses also cover the dangers of road rage, speeding, aggressive driving and driving under the influence.
Geico’s defensive-driving course discount is available in most (but not all) states, and rules and qualifications vary. Geico has a convenient directory to help you learn more about the defensive driving requirements in your state.
If you already have a course in mind, check with Geico to see if that course will qualify you for the discount. You can also find an approved Geico defensive driving course, and learn how to sign up, through the National Safety Council or the American Safety Council. Many states offer the option of taking the course online rather than in a classroom.
To get a defensive driving discount, check your state and insurance company requirements, then take an approved online or in-person defensive driving course, and give the insurance company a copy of your completion certificate. Six of the 10 largest car insurance companies advertise defensive driving discounts on their websites, as do many smaller insurers. In addition, 34 states and Washington, D.C. require insurance companies to provide a defensive driving discount to eligible drivers.… read full answer
A defensive driving discount usually ranges from 5% to 20% and is generally applied each year for three consecutive years. You can renew the discount after three years by taking the defensive driving course again. Class prices can vary widely, but most online defensive driving courses cost between $20 and $40.
Defensive driving classes focus on avoiding collisions and handling challenging situations on the road. They are usually intended for experienced drivers who haven’t taken drivers ed in a while. In some states, you might need to be 50, 55, or 65 years old to qualify for a defensive driving discount. In others, drivers may be eligible starting at age 25, or even at any age.
You may not qualify for a defensive driving discount if you have a recent at-fault accident or violation on your driving record, although you can still take a course for learning purposes. Similarly, defensive driving classes may be ordered by a court in response to a driving conviction such as speeding or reckless driving. And in some states, you may be able to erase a ticket from your record by taking such a course. These court-mandated classes might not result in a premium decrease the way a voluntary one would, but they can prevent your premium from increasing as a result of your citation.
To find hidden auto insurance discounts, look up your insurance company’s discounts online, check your state’s mandatory discount laws, and contact your insurance agent or the company’s customer service department. Since discounts vary significantly by location and company, discounts might be “hidden” in that they are not widely advertised, like a buy-in-advance discount. Similarly, some of the most commonly overlooked auto insurance discounts are … read full answerdriver monitoring discounts, paid-in-full discounts, and the AARP driver safety course discount because they usually aren’t automatically applied.
Hidden Auto Insurance Discounts
Low mileage or short commute discount
AARP driver safety course discount
Buy or renew in advance discount
Automatic or electronic payment discount
Driver monitoring discount
Hybrid or electric car discount
Anti-theft or Lojack discount
Farm vehicle discount
Car insurance companies do not fully disclose the formulas they use to calculate a driver’s premium. However, most states allow a driver’s demographic information, credit history, vehicle information, and driving record to affect rates. As a result, you could also get a “discount,” in the sense of getting a lower base premium, by changing one of these factors. For instance, car insurance is generally cheaper for married individuals because they are statistically likely to be low-risk.
Since your demographic information is unlikely to change, focus on improving your credit history and driving record if you want to lower your base premium. If your car is particularly expensive, fast or unsafe, trading it in for a safer, less valuable model will help lower your insurance premium, too. Similarly, increasing your deductible and eliminating any unnecessary coverage can also help save you money, acting like a hidden discount.
If you’re looking for extra savings, it’s worth double checking the most common car insurance discounts as well as the most often overlooked ones listed above. Finally, no matter how many discounts are being applied to your policy, it’s best to frequently compare quotes from different insurers.
WalletHub Answers is a free service that helps consumers access financial information. Information on WalletHub Answers is provided “as is” and should not be considered financial, legal or investment advice. WalletHub is not a financial advisor, law firm, “lawyer referral service,” or a substitute for a financial advisor, attorney, or law firm. You may want to hire a professional before making any decision. WalletHub does not endorse any particular contributors and cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of any information posted. The helpfulness of a financial advisor's answer is not indicative of future advisor performance.
WalletHub members have a wealth of knowledge to share, and we encourage everyone to do so while respecting our content guidelines. This question was posted by WalletHub.
Please keep in mind that editorial and user-generated content on this page is not reviewed or otherwise endorsed by any financial institution. In addition, it is not a financial institution’s responsibility to ensure all posts and questions are answered.
Ad Disclosure: Certain offers that appear on this site originate from paying advertisers, and this will be noted on an offer’s details page using the designation "Sponsored", where applicable. Advertising may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). At WalletHub we try to present a wide array of offers, but our offers do not represent all financial services companies or products.