Winter is right around the corner, which means you'll need to make sure your family vehicle is ready for the slippery roads. Unfortunately, despite your maintenance schedule and cool new winter tires, you might notice your car insurance premiums climbing higher this season.
Many car insurance companies hike up their costs during the winter months as a precautionary measure against the harsher driving conditions. While this isn't fair to safer drivers like you, the good news is that there are a few ways you can get those premiums back down. Here are three tips you can use to help lower your car insurance costs this winter so you can focus on the joy of the upcoming holidays instead of sweating over your payments.
Take a defensive driving course
If you feel nervous driving during the winter, a defensive driving course is a great way to feel more confident behind the wheel while also lowering your car insurance premiums. There are 5,965 insurance companies in the U.S. and some of them will give you a discount for taking a defensive driving course in the last few months. Just make sure your insurance company is one of them and that the cost of the driving course isn't more than what you'll save.
Hold other drivers accountable
Car accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury cases and 96% of them are settled pre-trial. If you're in a car accident this winter because another driver wasn't being safe or following the rules of the road, make sure to file a personal injury case against them to keep your own insurance premiums from skyrocketing. You don't have to worry about the other driver not being able to afford to make payments if you win your case, either, because it's their insurance company that covers the costs of your car's damages, not them.
Amp up the security
Driving safely isn't the only thing that can lower your car insurance premiums this winter. The global dashcam market is expected to grow by 15.3% by the end of this year, and you can actually lower your auto insurance costs by installing a dashcam or car alarm for added security. Just make sure to check in with your personal car insurance company to determine whether a discount for this kind of tech installation works with your policy conditions.
No one likes to pay more for the same service, which is why it can hurt when your car insurance premiums go up solely for the season. Fortunately, by following the tips above, you can help to take your car insurance premiums down a notch. If your car insurance company gets to be too expensive even outside of the winter season, don't be afraid to reach out to other companies to find the right one for you and your family.