With the high price of Car insurance for young and new drivers, you may think that you’ll never get on the road…However, we’ve got a Young Driver insurance policy that’s set up to help you find flexible, affordable cover.
What Is Young Driver Insurance?
Young Driver insurance is a type of Car insurance specifically created for the benefit of young drivers, aged from 17 to 24 years of age. Due to the high price of standard Car insurance for young drivers, Telematics insurance was introduced as a way for young drivers to find cover that they could afford.
Telematics insurance policies require you to have a black box fitted to your car, to monitor your driving performance. In addition to the black box, there are some Young Driver insurance policies that restrict when you are allowed to drive your own car, with curfews usually in force for night time driving, but can sometimes also be in force for peak hours too. However, at Think Insurance we think it is more important how you drive than when you drive which is why we don’t place any time-of-day restrictions on our policies.
Some of the features of our Telematics insurance policies include:
- Black Box fitted to your car
- No curfews!
- Only buy the miles you need
- Learner Drivers also covered
- No price increase when you pass your Practical Test
- Feedback via online dashboard
What is a Black Box?
A black box, sometimes called a telematics device or telematics box, is a small box fitted in a discreet position in your car, usually behind the dashboard. The black box will then record information about how you drive including, but not limited to:
- Number of miles you drive
- Time you drive
- Where your vehicle is parked
Who Needs Young Driver Insurance?
If you are a driver aged between 17 and 24 years old and have been left frustrated with the high prices of Car insurance quotes you’ve received, then you might benefit from Black Box Young Driver insurance. For many young drivers it’s simply the only way to get on the road at an affordable price.
When looking for Car insurance quotes online, you may have come across several quotes that could be double the value of your car, making it almost impossible for you to get on the road. After the cost of learning to drive, which can easily be a few hundred pounds at the very least, you’ve then got to purchase your first car and, of course, tax it.
You’ll most likely already be passed the £1,000 mark at this point, and then you may have to fork out in the region of £4-5,000 to get a regular Car insurance policy, that’s even before you’ve considered adding vital complements such as legal cover and breakdown cover to your policy.
Young Driver Insurance with Think Insurance
All of the Young Driver insurance policies taken out with Think Insurance include a black box, to help keep your costs as low as possible. Unlike some Young Driver insurance policies, there isn’t a curfew, allowing you to properly experience the freedom that owning a full driving licence and a car offers you.
MyPortal from Think Insurance
As part of our Young Driver insurance you will have access to our exclusive Young Driver portal which will allow you view a range of data about your driving performance that can help improve your driving and ensure you don’t exceed your mileage allowance.
What Can I View on MyPortal?
After logging into your MyPortal you’ll be able to view several key pieces of data that will tell you how well (or not – but hopefully this isn’t the case) you are driving.
Driving Score/Performance Score – This is one of the most important, if not the most important, pieces of data you’ll be able to view in your MyPortal. When logging in you’ll want to be greeted by a high score as this will mean your driving is up to scratch.
It’s important to regularly monitor your score so that you can make sure that you continue your good driving habits. If, for any reason, you do start to develop some poor driving habits such as cornering too fast, or braking too harshly, then your driving score will go down. This should prompt you to focus more closely on how you’re driving, so that you can get your performance score back up to where it needs to be.
Total Miles Used – You’ll be able to view the total number of miles you have used since the black box was installed in your car. Not only can you easily keep an eye on your mileage to make sure you don’t do too many, but you can use the information shown to give you a rough idea of how much fuel you use a week, for example.
Mileage Allowance – Your MyPortal dashboard will also show your current mileage allowance. This will be the number of miles you bought when you first took out your Young Driver insurance policy, however if it any point you need to increase your mileage allowance and you purchase more miles, your MyPortal will be updated to reflect this.
Vehicle Usage – Essentially, the vehicle usage will show you and your insurer how you drive your car, charting important driving measurements such as how fast you accelerate, how harshly you brake, how you drive around corners, and how fast you drive in relation to the speed limits. The black box will also look at things such as where your car is parked overnight and what type of journeys you make – whether that’s fewer longer journeys, or regular short drives, what times you tend to drive and a variety of other things.
Past 20 Journeys – You’ll be able to view your past 20 journeys which can give you an insight into why your driving score is either good or bad, and anything in between. If you feel you’ve had a bad journey or a bad couple of days, you will be able to analyse those journeys to get to the bottom of what went wrong.
Benefits of Checking Your Think Insurance MyPortal
There are numerous benefits to checking your Think Insurance MyPortal, many of which can help improve you as a driver, which benefits everyone. First of all, by regularly logging into your MyPortal account you can view the number of miles left on your policy, using both the Total Miles Used figure and your Mileage Allowance figure.
It’s important to keep track of how many miles you have left on your policy so that you don’t get a nasty surprise when you run out of miles and need to purchase more. If you are approaching your limit sooner than you anticipated you can look at your Past 20 Journeys as well as your Vehicle Usage to see where you may be able to adjust your journeys to make sure you stay within your mileage allowance.
How to Get a Good Performance Score
Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic recipe for ensuring you get a perfect driving score, however there are things you can do to increase the chances. Not every tip here will be applicable to every young driver, and there will be certain things that some drivers just can’t do, but here are a few suggestions to help get you started:
- Carefully choose where you park your car. This specifically refers to the areas you park in and, when possible, try to avoid parking in areas that have a record of high car related crime. You can easily look this up on police.uk if you’re not sure. Not only will it help your performance score, but ensuring your car is parked in a well-lit, low crime area can help reduce the likelihood of someone breaking in or stealing it.
- Learning the ins and outs of how your car works and drives could also be beneficial, especially before undertaking journeys to new cities or going on the motorway. Knowing your car isn’t only important for your driving score, but it’s also important for your safety and those you share the road with.
- Regular breaks on high mileage journeys are not only important for the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers on the road, they can also help make sure your performance score doesn’t take a big hit after a long journey. Avoiding high mileage journeys in general can help too, but when you do undertake a long journey such as a road trip, make sure you factor in several stops.
- Make sure any named drivers, or anyone else that may drive your car such as a mechanic carrying out any work, know that you have a black box. The telematics device installed in your car doesn’t just monitor your driving, it monitors everyone who gets behind the wheel and has no way of knowing who is actually driving the car. This is why it’s important to emphasise to anyone driving your car that they are being monitored by a black box, and their driving, good or bad, will influence your score, potentially causing issues for you if they drive badly.
- Finally, be careful when driving around with friends. It can be exciting at first, but don’t get carried away and be tempted to drive beyond your capabilities or skill level. Whilst you might think that sounds crazy, and you are confident you will always be in control, distracting passengers are a real danger so make sure you stay focused on the road.
What Happens If My Performance Score Gets Really Low?
In cases of poor driving resulting in a less than satisfactory driving score, a member of our Young Driving insurance team will be in contact to discuss your performance score with you. In most cases this doesn’t mean an automatic cancellation of your Young Driver insurance policy, however in certain circumstances, if your driving has been extremely bad, we may have no choice but to cancel your insurance policy. So be warned, and make sure you keep your performance score as high as possible.
What If I Run Out of Miles?
One of the easiest ways to make sure you get a lower premium for your Young Driver insurance is to work out how many miles you actually need. This can go either way, for example, and if you overestimate the number of miles you expect to do, you could end up overpaying for your Young Driver insurance if you end up driving under your mileage allowance.
On the other hand, running out of miles can see you face a costly and unwanted surprise. You can, of course simply purchase more miles at any point, and if it’s close to the end of your policy you may not end up paying that much for the extra miles you need to get you over line. However, if you have grossly underestimated your mileage you could be faced with having to buy several months’ worth of extra miles, which probably won’t be cheap, and may lead you to having to find the additional money that you hadn’t budgeted for!
To make sure you don’t underestimate your mileage, think about all of the regular journeys you expect to make and the routes you take; one route might be quicker due to higher speed limits but actually a longer route when it comes to the distance. Regular journeys aren’t the only things you need to look at, so remember to think about what social journeys you are likely to make such as trips to the cinema or nights out as the designated driver. If you’re one of the first people in your friendship group to pass your driving test expect to become a taxi driver for a while, especially if you live in an area with poor public transportation.
How to Get Lower Car Insurance Premiums
Adding a Named Driver to your policy can be a great and easy way of lowering the price of your Black Box insurance policy. Named Drivers are usually close relatives such as parents, guardians or even partners. However, for young drivers, your partner is likely to be a similar age so a parent or grandparent with a good driving history could help lower your premium.
When adding a Named Driver, be sure to emphasise to them that your car has a black box fitted. Whilst your additional drivers may have a good driving history on paper, the telematics device might not agree and you will be the one paying the consequences for any instances of poor driving they do in your car.
It’s not possible for everyone, but if there are some journeys where you could use public transport, then it might not be worth paying for extra miles. Work out your key journeys such as your commute to a place of business or education and any errands your run, and you should get a rough estimate of the miles you need. However, be careful not to underestimate your mileage or even be tempted to lie in order to get a cheaper quote, as this will backfire on you when you need more miles later on.
Use a specialist insurance broker
Specialist insurance brokers are your best bet at finding a Young Driver insurance quote that you’re happy with. At Think Insurance we have a dedicated Young Driver insurance team waiting to help you get on the road with a price you’re happy with!
Avoid Fronting on Your Car Insurance Policy
With the high cost of Young Driver insurance, some people mistakenly think that fronting could be the route to a cheap, black-box-free insurance policy. Just because you are listed as a Named Driver on the policy it doesn’t mean you can drive the car all of the time.
If you are the main driver of the car you must be the main driver on the insurance policy, telling your insurance provider otherwise (known as fronting) is illegal as it’s a type of insurance fraud. Not only could you see your Car insurance voided or cancelled, you could also receive a criminal conviction. To make matters worse, many insurers simply won’t bother with anyone convicted of insurance fraud which will make it much harder for you to get insured as a young driver in the future.
Whilst you might think you’re saving money in the short-term, you are more than likely going to get caught and the consequences definitely won’t be worth it. In the event you need to claim on your insurance policy, you would find your claim rejected and you’d be out of pocket even further. So in short, don’t be tempted to do it!
Choosing the Right Car
One of the things that can have a significant impact on the price of your Young Driver insurance is the car you intend to be driving. Whilst this might not be something you’re able to fully control, such as instances where the car is a hand-me-down or has been bought for you as a present, it’s still worth considering how much cheaper the price of Car insurance is for some cars in comparison to others.
In the same way that the price of Car insurance for young drivers is based on statistics, the price of insuring certain cars also comes down to statistics. Some vehicle makes and models are more likely to be involved in accidents or be associated with poor driving, which therefore leads to higher Car insurance premiums.
Knowing what cars to avoid can significantly help you find a price for your Young Driver insurance that you’re happy with. However, it’s not always easy to figure out which car is both right for you, and can also help you keep costs low when taking out a Young Driver insurance policy.
When buying your first car remember to think about the future. Firstly, think about how you might use the car in two to three years’ time. For example, you may be buying your first car whilst still in college or sixth form and then you’ll need it for university. This would mean that you’ll likely be driving something on the motorway and in inner cities – in this case you’d need something small but not terrifying to drive on the motorway and also something fuel efficient.
The second thing to look at when buying your first car, or any car for that matter, is how the motor industry is changing. From late 2016 there’s been a lot of negative press surrounding diesel cars, with inner city tariffs and bans implemented or proposed, so these might be ones to avoid.
Reduce Your Chances of a Claim
It might be obvious considering your driving is being monitored by a telematics device, but it doesn’t just mean the way you drive as in your braking and acceleration; it also refers to your decision making too. Pay attention to everything that is going on around you, be vigilant to potential dangers, and be extra careful at roundabouts and junctions, making sure you're 100% certain it’s safe to go.
Avoid busy times
The busier the roads are, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident. Of course, it’s not always possible to avoid peak times but when it is, it would be wise to wait that extra half-hour before setting off on your journey.
Don’t drive tired
You’ve probably seen the warnings on motorway journeys as a passenger, and they’re there for a good reason. If you feel tired make sure you take a break and don’t continue your journey until you feel ready.
Be mindful of where you park
Avoid parking in areas that are notorious for high crime rates, it’s always worth the extra time to find a place your car is going to be safe in, and at night this includes well-lit areas. Car parks with CCTV cameras are usually your best chance of making sure your car is safe, as there’s nothing worse than coming back from a gig to find the driver’s seat covered in glass, or worse, your car gone.
Being mindful of where you park isn’t just about preventing crime. If you’re parking on a hill for example make sure your handbrake is definitely on and the wheels are facing the correct way (as per the Highway Code). The last thing you want to happen is to get out of your car only to see it rolling back down the hill!
Why Choose Think For Young Driver Insurance
Think Insurance are an insurance broker with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of insurance products. Each type of insurance we offer, whether that’s Convicted Driver insurance or Black Box insurance, has its own dedicated team of insurance experts. Whoever you speak to about a Young Driver insurance policy at Think will have a wealth of knowledge and will be able to easily guide you through the process.
Not only do we have a team of dedicated insurance experts ready and waiting to help you get on the road, we’ve got a panel of Young Driver insurance providers to make sure you get the right price for your Black Box insurance. We only work with the best, so you get the best. What’s more we have exclusive access to prices that can’t be found anywhere else, not even by going to the insurers direct.
If you ever need to discuss your Young Driver insurance policy we are here to help, we’re not a nameless, faceless insurance company so if you’d like to speak to a member of our team that’s helped you before, we’ll do our best to make that happen.
What to Expect from a Think Insurance Young Driver Policy
Getting a Young Driver Insurance Quote
In this section we’ll outline the process of taking out a Young Driver insurance policy, from start to finish. We know that taking out your first insurance policy can be a daunting process, or even if you’ve had cover before but it’s your first time with us, you might want to know exactly what to expect. Read on to find out!
So, you’ve seen an advert for Think Insurance in the First Car magazine you’ve received after passing your test, or maybe you’ve Googled “young driver car insurance”, and now you’ve landed on our website… You might just be doing some research, and there’s lots of content to help you out. Don’t forget to check out our Frequently Asked Questions to see if someone else has already asked the same question that you have. If you still can’t find what you’re after, call our specialists on 0800 221 8077 and they’ll be happy to steer you in the right direction.
If you’re ready for a quote, click on one of the various ‘Get A Quote’ buttons or links around the site and you’ll be taken through to the product selection page, after clicking the ‘Young Driver’ quote form you’ll be asked for a few simple details, to help get the quote process started
After filling in your title, first name, last name, date of birth, email address, phone number and postcode, a member of our team will call to discuss a Young Driver Black Box insurance quote with you… So keep an eye out for calls from 01922 619640 as this is the number that will display on your phone when we ring (so make sure you answer!) If you’ve decided to call us directly we’ll ask for these simple details as part of the quotation process over the phone.
When speaking to a member of our Young Driver insurance team you will be asked a standard set of questions that all insurers need in order to deliver a quote. This will include things such as where the car is parked overnight, as well as the make and model of your car.
Once we’ve got all the information we need, our agent will search through our panel of handpicked insurers to get the best Young Driver insurance quote we have available. As soon as we’ve got all of the quotes back, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options with you and hopefully, if your happy with your price, you will decide to go ahead and take out a policy with us.
Becoming a Think Insurance Young Driver
Once you have taken out a Black Box insurance policy with us you will have seven days from the start of your policy, to get your black box fitted in your car by one of our black box engineers. In the meantime, you are free to drive your car without the black box fitted, however you must have the telematics device fitted within the required timescales otherwise you risk having your Young Driver insurance policy cancelled.
Following the successful installation of your black box you will be able to access your Think Insurance MyPortal within 48 hours, and view your driving performance stats to see how you’re doing. Some of our policies require you to log in to your Think Insurance MyPortal every seven days, so make sure you understand the rules of your policy… And that’s pretty much it!
As long as you drive sensibly and log in to your MyPortal as and when required, everything will be fine and hopefully you’ll enjoy your experience as a Think Insurance Young Driver, staying with us year-after-year!
Learner Driver Insurance
You don’t have to have passed your Practical Driving Test to become a Think Insurance young driver; we can also insure drivers with Provisional driving licences too.
What’s more, the best thing about our Learner Driver insurance policy for young drivers is that once you pass your full test, the policy doesn’t change and the cost stays the same! Most Learner driver policies end as soon as you pass your test, and you have to take out a full policy which is usually a lot more expensive than your learner one – however not with us! Just call us and inform us of the good news. We’ll congratulate you, amend your policy to acknowledge that you’ve passed your test and wish you good luck with your driving. There will be no new policies, and no extra costs. You’ll still be classed as a young driver and will already have the black box installed in your car, which is why it’s so easy to continue the policy once you’ve passed.
However, it’s worth noting that the car you are insuring must be yours and it must have your name on the vehicle documents.
Ten Top Tips for Young Drivers
We realise this informative piece has been quite a long read so below we’ve summed up what we think are the top tips for Young Driver insurance. In no particular order they are:
1) Find a Young Driver Insurance Specialist
Your best bet of finding a Car insurance quote you’re happy with is to find a reputable Young Driver insurance specialist, because their policies will be underwritten with young drivers in mind.
2) Make Sure Your Policy Is Fully Comprehensive
As a young driver you’re likely to make mistakes due to your relative lack of experience and accidents can happen, whether that’s reversing into a bollard or something more serious, so having a policy that covers your vehicle as well as third parties will put your mind at ease. In addition, you’ll be covered for damage to the vehicle as a result of theft or attempted theft, plus fire damage, giving your further peace of mind.
3) Get a Black Box
Telematics boxes can not only lower the price of Young Driver insurance policy, but the data can help you improve your own driving. They even work as a tracker too, so if your car is stolen your insurer may be able to tell the police where your car is, which hopefully means you’re able to recover the vehicle more quickly and in one piece.
4) Choose the Right Car
One of the easiest ways to make sure you’re not faced with extortionate quotes for your Young Driver Black Box insurance policy is to choose the right car. Small engine and low powered cars will be your best bet of achieving this, and you should also speak to friends who are currently on the road to see how much they pay to insure their car to give you an idea before you go out and buy a vehicle.
5) Take an Advanced Driving Course
To counter your inexperience as a young driver you should take an advanced driving course, as not only will this improve you as a driver it could help you find cheaper Car insurance as a young driver.
6) Drive Sensibly
After taking out a Black Box insurance policy for young drivers it goes without saying that you need to make sure you’re driving sensibly. Whichever insurer you choose, they won’t hesitate to cancel your policy if you start racing around town like you’re participating in the Singapore Grand Prix.
7) Don’t Rush into Long Journeys
After passing your test, getting your hands on your first car, and taking out a Black Box insurance policy, it’s tempting to take advantage of your new-found freedom and take a road trip somewhere, but we’d highly recommend against doing this in your first few months of driving. Make sure you get plenty of practice first and don’t go on any long journeys until you’ve got the experience and confidence to do so safely.
8) Get Used to Your Car
When you buy your first car you’re more than likely going to be driving one that’s different to the one you learned and/or practiced in, so before you start doing journeys in peak times or long journeys, get to know how your car works.
9) Make Sure Your Friends Know the Rules
After passing your test and buying a car many of your friends might see you as the group’s taxi, and whilst it’s great being the one with the car, make sure they know to behave when you’re behind the wheel. Friends nagging for control of the music or messing about with things in your car can be an unwanted distraction, especially if you’re new to driving.
10) Speak to an Experienced Insurer Such as Think Insurance
Taking out your first Car insurance policy can often be a daunting experience, especially as you will be new to the world of driving and may be unsure what level of cover you need or how many miles you’ll use. At Think Insurance we have many years’ experience helping young drivers just like you get on the road!
Get a Quote!
So, what are you waiting for? Click ‘Get a Quote’ and leave your details, and one of our team will give you a call to go through your quote. Alternatively, you can call them directly on 0800 221 8077, and get a policy set up the same day!
Protected No Claims Bonus has to be included when you originally take out your policy.
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Your driving performance score is based on a combination of three factors; smoothness, speed and usage.
There are two main components inside the black box that we use to monitor your statistics: A GPS tracker and an accelerometer.
You will be able to start seeing your driving performance via your dashboard, within 24 hours of having the black box installed and activated.
In your Young Driver portal you will have access to several key pieces of data on your driving.
You can give your parents your login details so that they can access your portal. However, the policy is in your name so the choice is all yours.
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Young Driver Insurance >>
- 1 What Is Young Driver Insurance
- 1.2 What Is A Black Box
- 2 Who Needs Young Driver Insurance
- 3 Young Driver Insurance With Think Insurance
- 3.1 MyPortal From Think Insurance
- 3.2 What Can I View On MyPortal
- 4 Benefits Of Checking Your Think Insurance MyPortal
- 5 How To Get A Good Performance Score
- 6 What If My Performance Score Is Low
- 7 How To Get Lower Car Insurance Premiums
- 7.1 Named Drivers
- 7.2 Low Mileage
- 7.3 Use A Specialist Insurance Broker
- 8 Avoid Fronting On Your Car Insurance Policy
- 9 What If I Run Out Of Miles
- 10 Choosing The Right Car
- 11 Reduce Your Chances Of A Claim
- 11.1 Drive Carefully
- 11.2 Avoid Busy Times
- 11.3 Do Not Drive Tried
- 11.4 Be Mindful Of Where You Park
- 12 Why Choose Think Insurance For Young Driver Insurance
- 13 What To Expect From A Think Insurance Young Driver Policy
- 14 Becoming A Think Insurance Young Driver
- 15 Learner Driver Insurance
- 16 Top Ten Tips For Young Drivers