Progressive does not advertise a defensive driving discount on its website, but you may still be able to get one. Progressive may lower your rates by about 5% if you complete an approved defensive driving course and meet certain qualifications. You may need to be a certain age, have a clean driving record, take the course voluntarily (not by court order), or meet other state-specific criteria to be eligible. You’ll have to speak to a Progressive representative directly to find out the rules where you live.
Most defensive driving courses can be completed online and cost between $15 and $40. Live classes can cost as much as $100. But the cost could be worth it since you’ll get a discount for three years, in most cases. At that time, you should be able to renew the discount by taking the course again.
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.
The best alternative to AAA roadside assistance is a motor club membership with Better World Club, Good Sam Club, or Allstate Motor Club. Another good alternative to AAA is purchasing a roadside assistance add-on from a traditional car insurance company, especially an insurer that offers multiple plans.
For example, insurance companies like … read full answerNationwide and Travelers offer different levels of roadside assistance coverage to choose from. Similarly, auto club competitors, including Better World Club and Good Sam Club, offer several coverage options. Drivers can find protection comparable to AAA by comparing the coverage limits of a competitor plan with their desired level of AAA membership.
AAA costs vary by region, and each level of membership comes with different benefits. Roadside assistance from an insurance company is usually less expensive than AAA, but it often provides less coverage. For instance, AAA includes benefits besides roadside assistance, like discounts with affiliated companies, identity theft monitoring, and trip interruption coverage.
It’s also worth noting that AAA ranked below many competitors in WalletHub’s roadside assistance study because it has a large number of unresolved customer complaints. For more information, check out WalletHub’s study of the best roadside assistance plans.
Progressive is so cheap because it offers a wide variety of discounts and gives consumers tools to acheive the best rates possible, such as Progressive's price comparison tool and their Name Your Price® program. A minimum coverage policy from Progressive costs an average of $54 per month, and Progressive premiums can be made even cheaper by taking advantage of discounts such as continuous insurance discount and paperless discount. Plus, Progressive rewards customer loyalty with discounts for insuring more than one car and bundling multiple policies, such as home and auto.… read full answer
Average Monthly Rates for Progressive vs. Top Competitors
Note: Premiums are representative of a 45-year-old good driver in CA; individual premiums will vary.
Progressive is especially cheap for safe drivers in particular. That’s because Progressive has special savings opportunities for drivers in this category, such as lower rates for drivers who have not had any accidents or tickets for at least three years.
Your final premium is based on a variety of factors, though, such as your driving record, insurance history, and more. Every insurance company determines their rates differently, so even though Progressive is among the cheapest car insurance companies, the only way to confirm you’ve found the lowest price is to compare quotes from multiple companies.
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