When you get your first speeding ticket, your driving record will take a hit and you might see your car insurance rates increase. A speeding ticket could also cost you extra money in fines and court fees, depending on how fast you were going and if you decide to fight the charge.
Even though the financial impact of a speeding ticket can be frustrating, your driving record and insurance premium will eventually recover if you practice good habits on the road moving forward.
What Happens to Your Insurance When You Get Your First Speeding Ticket
- Your costs could rise between 20% and 30% but the exact impact on your insurance premium will depend on your driving history and how fast you were going.
- Any cost increases will come when it’s time to renew your policy, although your insurance company might be lenient if it’s a first offense and very low-level speeding.
- You will no longer qualify for your insurer’s good driver discount if it’s based on moving violations.
- Speeding tickets only stay on your driving record for three to five years, so if you practice safe driving moving forward, your costs will eventually go back down.
- You can avoid higher premiums in some states by going to traffic school to have the ticket removed from your record.
How to Deal With Your First Speeding Ticket
The most important thing to remember after getting your first speeding ticket is that you shouldn’t ignore it. Ignoring a speeding ticket can lead to the state adding points to your license, increasing your fines, suspending your license, or even having you arrested.
When you get a speeding ticket, you have the choice to either pay the fine or fight the ticket in court. In some states, you can also choose to complete traffic school in order to reduce the fine or remove the ticket from your driving record altogether.
Although you’re not required to immediately tell your insurance company about a speeding ticket, they will eventually find out about it when they pull your driving record prior to renewing your policy. You should contact your insurer after you’ve received a ticket in order to find out how your costs might be affected.
The best way to avoid the burdens of a speeding ticket is to avoid getting one in the first place. Always be sure to plan ahead, pay attention to road signs and watch your speed to avoid being issued a citation that could wreck your insurance costs.
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