You’ve made a mistake and you’re trying to move on with your life. Then it comes to obtaining car insurance and you find it’s a struggle as you’re a convicted driver. It can be a difficult situation but one that can be made easier by taking the right steps.
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Some insurance companies won’t want to touch a driver with a record and will penalize them with unreasonable premiums. It’s best to find a broker who specialises in helping you find car insurance for convicted drivers and won’t give you premium that is unrealistic to afford.
Increase your excess
You should never increase your excess to more than you can afford but after a conviction, it’s a good idea to leave it as high as possible. This will bring down your premium to ensure that you’re not paying an astronomical sum each month for your cover.
Lower your mileage
Another way to reduce your premium is to have lower mileage. It’s worth considering other modes of transport or perhaps car sharing. This will not only bring down your premium but it will also lower the chance of you having to claim on your insurance.
Keep your car secure
With insurance after a conviction, the last thing you want is something else which is going to increase your premium. Keeping your car secure as possible will help to eliminate any risks and make sure that you don’t have to make a claim.
Having a little black box in your car isn’t going to be ideal for most people. If an insurance company thinks that you might be high risk, then it’s a good way of lowering that risk as you will get to prove that you’re a sensible driver.
Change your ways
It could be that you like to speed or maybe you have been convicted of a drink driving offence. It’s now the time to reign it in and drive sensibly. The consequences of a repeat offence could mean having your licence taken away. The result of sensible driving will be the conviction dropping off your record after a few years and also building up your no claims bonus.
What can I expect?
If you’ve been convicted of a driving offence, you might be wondering what’s awaiting you once you try to get covered to drive. While the initial worry might be that you’re never going to be eligible for a policy again, that’s very rarely the case.
What you can be sure of is that the price is going to increase. If your conviction meant that you were endorsed with points, you’ll usually need to declare those for five years, even if they are no longer valid.
How long will I need convicted driver insurance for?
All convictions come with a time period attached to them, which should be made clear to you by whoever made the conviction. Points on your license are currently valid for three years, but remain printed on your record for a further year, unless you’re told otherwise. After the four years, they disappear entirely from your license.
You must give details of your convictions when you apply for a policy. It is up to the insurer if or how they take this into account. Withholding the information is an offence in itself.
What happens once the endorsement drops off my licence?
If the conviction has passed its live period (usually three years), your conviction is generally regarded as “spent”, and no longer needs to be declared. However, any insurer is allowed to ask you specifically if you have had any spent convictions in the last five or six years, and in that case, you must declare them.
It doesn’t matter if your card is marked due to speeding, going through a red traffic light, intoxicated driving, or due to a ban – at Total Insurance, we can help get you back on the road with a specialist insurance policy help for convicted drivers.
More information can be found on the Government Website.