Yes, Safeco offers a type of pay-per-mile insurance called RightTrack. This is technically usage-based insurance, which is similar to pay-per-mile coverage because it factors mileage into premium calculations, but it also considers driving habits such as braking and acceleration.
The time of day that you drive
It’s important to note that these factors collectively affect a customer’s insurance premium, so RightTrack is not strictly pay-per-mile. However, it’s still a good option for safe, low-mileage drivers who don’t mind being tracked for insurance purposes. For more information, check out WalletHub’s guide to usage-based insurance.
You can lower your Safeco car insurance costs by taking advantage of Safeco discounts, opting for a higher deductible, and reducing your coverage, among other things. Safeco considers a variety of factors when calculating your premium, though some – like your age and location – are out of your control. Fortunately, you can take steps to influence other factors in order to lower your rate.… read full answer
How to Lower the Cost of Car Insurance from Safeco
Use Safeco’s auto insurance discounts
Safeco offers a wide variety of discounts that can help you lower your overall car insurance bill. For example, drivers can get a discount if they've been accident free for a certain period of time. Or you can save on your premium if you have more than one policy with Safeco.
Raise your car insurance deductible
Opting for a higher deductible on any of your insurance policies from Safeco can lower your premium. But if you decide to go this route, it’s important that you choose a deductible amount that you can still afford if you suddenly need to file a claim. Otherwise, you might not be able to use the coverage that you have.
Less coverage usually means lower premiums, but it could also lead to higher costs in the long run, so it’s important to approach coverage decisions with caution.
Improve your driving record
Practicing safe driving habits and avoiding moving violations can help you qualify for lower Safeco insurance rates long-term. You may also be able to attend traffic school in order to remove a violation or points from your record, depending on your state. Safeco even offers a discount to drivers who take an approved defensive driving course.
Build and improve your credit
Because your credit history is correlated with your likelihood of filing an insurance claim, Safeco uses your credit data to calculate your premium in states where it is legal. As a result, having good credit makes you less of an insurance risk, which will reduce your rates over time.
Whether you can shorten your commute to work, use more public transportation, or even ride a bicycle more, driving fewer miles each year could lower your Safeco premium.
Drive an insurance-friendly car
Expensive cars, sports cars, and cars with high rates of theft are considered to be riskier to insure than cheaper, more practical vehicles. Before you buy a new car, get a new quote from Safeco to see how it will affect your rate. If the cost is out of your budget, then you should probably choose a different car.
Sign up for RightTrack
RightTrack, the Safeco telematics program rewards you for good driving with a discounted premium. Specifically, RightTrack tracks miles driven, acceleration, braking, and the time of day that you drive. By using RightTrack, drivers can save up to 30% on their rate.
Finally, if you’re still struggling to afford your Safeco policy, you should consider switching insurers. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new policy, it’s generally a good idea to compare quotes from three different companies every 6-12 months. To learn more, check out WalletHub’s guide to switching car insurance companies.
Pay-as-you-go car insurance calculates a policyholder’s premium based on how many miles they drive each month. The policyholder’s mileage is tracked through a mobile app or device plugged into the vehicle, and customers who drive fewer miles pay a lower rate. Companies that offer pay-as-you-go car insurance, which can also be referred to as pay-per-mile or … read full answerusage-based coverage, usually charge a monthly base rate and then add a fee for each mile driven.
Other major insurers offer usage-based programs that give drivers a discounted rate based on various driving habits, including miles driven. If your annual mileage is lower than the average driver, you may also qualify for a low-mileage discount.
Who Should Consider Pay-as-You-Go Car Insurance
Pay-as-you-go car insurance is often a good investment for people who don’t drive frequently, like students and seasonal workers. To learn more, check out WalletHub’s guide to usage-based insurance.
Pay-as-you-go car insurance might be worth it for people who do not drive frequently, including city-dwellers, retirees, those who work from home, seasonal workers, students and commuters. Under this type of policy, your monthly insurance rate will vary based on how much you drive. The less you drive, the more you save.… read full answer
Pay-as-you-go insurance is one form of usage-based car insurance. Companies like Metromile offer traditional pay-as-you-go insurance that’s based on the distance you drive. They normally charge a monthly base-rate plus a fee per mile driven. When you take longer trips, the insurance company will cap your miles, and you will not be charged for distances you drive above that cap.
Other usage-based programs, such as those offered by Root, Geico and Progressive, charge based on different types of driving data. These companies record driving behavior such as speeding and sudden breaking, and use it to calculate a score, which is then used to calculate your premium. Your age, the type of car you drive, and driving history are also used to calculate your rate in both types of usage-based programs.
The way insurance companies measure your driving behavior depends on the provider. Some companies will send you a small, wireless device that plugs into your car. More commonly, however, you will be asked to download an app on your phone.
Companies like Esurance suggest that a driver might be able to save up to $500 per year by selecting a pay-as-you-go or usage-based car insurance policy. So, if you are someone who doesn’t drive frequently and has a good driving record, it might be wise to consider switching to a pay-as-you-go insurance policy.
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