Auto Insurance and People in Your Household

The people in your household partly influence your car insurance rates and may need to be included on your policy as secondary drivers.

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UPDATED: Jun 16, 2022

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Written By: Laura BerryReviewed By: Joel OhmanUPDATED: Jun 16, 2022Fact Checked

Here's what you need to know...

  • Many factors influence your auto insurance rates, including the people living with you
  • Insurance companies have the legal right to inquire about the people living in your household
  • You may be required to include your household members as secondary drivers, which may increase your car insurance rates

Before insurance companies calculate your monthly rates, your risk profile will be assessed to determine what you should pay for specific coverage.

Many factors affect your risk profile, including the people in your household. After all, those people are likely to drive your vehicle sometimes. So, insurers must find a way to extend some coverage to the additional potential drivers.

Household Car Insurance

When it comes to members of your household, car insurance companies usually insist that you include them in your policy.

Generally, your family members, including your licensed children and spouse, should be added to the auto insurance policy that covers your insured vehicle. They, however, are not the only parties that are considered members of your household. When calculating your rates, the insurance company may also consider your roommates, parents, and other children within the driving age range.

However, your household members may be listed on your policy without affecting your rates. For example, insurance companies may list your teenager on your policy, but it won’t affect your rates. However, when your teenager attains driving age and becomes licensed, your insurance company will factor them in as potential drivers, and your rates will likely change.

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How Auto Insurance Covers People in Your Household

You and your family members will have car insurance coverage when driving your vehicle or someone else’s with permission. It is important to list every licensed driver in your household, so they are factored into the insurance rates. 

How Extending Coverage Affects Your Auto Insurance

Licensed teenage drivers under 18 years can only obtain coverage under your policy. However, you should prepare for the consequences of having a teenage driver in your household.

Studies show that teenage drivers are prone to accidents. They are responsible for three times as many accidents as those aged 20 years and older for every mile driven. As a result, road crashes have become the second biggest cause of death for teenagers.

Insurers require you to disclose that you have a teenager within the driving age range, especially one with a driving license. With a teenager added to your insurance, expect your insurance rates to rise significantly. You may be an excellent driver with a good driving record. Still, the teenagers in your household will make you a more considerable risk to insure because they all are capable of driving your vehicle and causing accidents. Also, know that boys are statistically riskier to insure than girls.

The same rules apply if you have senior people 70 years old or older in your household who are still licensed. People within this age range are more likely to cause accidents than middle-aged drivers, possibly due to their declining health.

It pays to think about how the age of the people in your household affects your insurance rates.

People in the Same Household With Different Car Insurance

It is possible to have people with different car insurance policies in the household. If some of the members of your household have separate coverage from yours, you need to disclose this information and prove it when the insurance company inquires.

It’s worth making sure that some people in your household have separate auto insurance if you want to keep your rates low. For example, suppose some members in your home have a bad driving record or previous DUIs or DWIs. Insurance companies will consider that a higher risk and raise your rates to cover the higher likelihood of your vehicle getting into an accident when they drive.

However, your rates should remain affordable if you exclude them from your policy, deny them permission to drive your car, and insist they get separate coverage.

What Auto Insurance Covers

Usually, auto insurance follows the vehicle. So, the insured and listed members of your household will be covered when driving your insured car. Passengers within your home will also be covered in an accident even if you don’t list them. However, that depends on the coverage you have and your state’s fault laws.

Be Honest About the People in Your Household

Insurance companies have the right to ask for relevant information concerning the people in your household, no matter how invasive the questions may seem.

You should never lie about those in your household to reduce your auto insurance rates even if their driving record is terrible or their age makes them risky to insure. If you lie about members of your household, the insurer may cancel your policy or deny some of your claims after an accident.

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A former insurance producer, Laura understands that education is key when it comes to buying insurance. She has happily dedicated many hours to helping her clients understand how the insurance marketplace works so they can find the best car, home, and life insurance products for their needs.

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Joel Ohman is the CEO of a private equity backed digital media company. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, author, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur who loves creating new things, whether books or businesses. He has also previously served as the founder and resident CFP® of a national insurance agency, Real Time Health Quotes. He has an MBA from the University of South Florida. Jo...

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