New Insurify Report: Some Americans Consider Driving Less, Skipping Coverage in Face of Rising Insurance Costs

10% willing to risk driving uninsured, despite most states requiring minimum coverage

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insurify, America’s top-rated destination for the largest selection of accurate insurance quotes and expert advice, has released its 2022 Auto Insurance Trends Report: Who’s Paying More for Coverage, the first part of a two-part report that comprehensively covers 2022’s unique car insurance landscape. Insurify’s report leverages more than 40 million car insurance rates from proprietary car insurance applications across the United States. It details who is paying more for car insurance in 2022, surveys drivers on how they’re managing rising vehicle costs, and provides drivers with expert advice on how they can save.

The report shows that the average American is spending $1,705 per year on auto insurance in 2022, up 4% from 2021 and a whopping 17% from 2020. Michigan drivers pay the most for car insurance, spending $2,510 per year on average — $805 more than the national average and $1,748 more than the yearly average of $762 in Hawaii, the cheapest state for auto insurance. Across the country, drivers pay 5% less for coverage just for being married, and up to 17% less if they own their home.

“Since 2016, Insurify has provided Americans with the most comprehensive and accurate selection of auto insurance quotes”, says Snejina Zacharia, Insurify’s CEO and Founder. “Our annual data reflects the state of the nation’s economy through an insurance lens, and our 2022 report illustrates how rising inflation and recent interest rate hikes are affecting the American public and how they are responding.”

Key findings from the report include:

Luxury, electric cars are priciest to insure

Tesla Model 3 owners have the second-most expensive car insurance premiums of any vehicle model in 2022, according to Insurify data. Model 3 drivers are spending $3,040 per year for auto insurance — $1,335 more than the national average. The Infiniti Q5 is the most expensive vehicle to insure in 2022 with an average premium of $3,149 per year.

Northeast drivers pay up for coverage

Northeast drivers are also paying more for car insurance in 2022. Five Northeast states — New York, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey — rank among the 10 most expensive states for auto insurance. The average driver in one of these states is paying $2,220 per year for coverage, which is $515 more than the national average.

Ways Americans are considering cutting insurance costs

In the face of rising vehicle ownership costs, the report also finds that 65% of Americans are considering driving less and 10% are thinking about dropping their car insurance coverage altogether, despite the serious legal and financial risks of driving without insurance. Americans are additionally considering the following actions to save on vehicle insurance, fuel, and maintenance expenses in 2022:

30% of drivers are thinking about purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle

30% of drivers are considering switching to a different insurance provider

16% of drivers are thinking about moving to a different location with better public transportation and walkability

For Americans, the insurance market’s current volatility likely won’t stabilize until at least mid-2023, according to Betsy Stella, Insurify’s Vice President of Insurance Partnerships. “Based on our comprehensive research and feedback from over 100 carriers, the general consensus is that it will be eight to twelve months [from fall 2022] before the market stabilizes. Some think it could be several years before a soft market returns.”

With prices potentially on the rise for the foreseeable future, Insurify’s experts recommend comparing quotes from at least four to five insurance companies every six months or so to find the best policy for their needs. Drivers should also explore any discounts for which they might qualify, including bundling home and auto insurance and taking a senior driving training course. According to Insurify data, a single discount can lower car insurance premiums by up to 15%, amounting to yearly savings of $258 for the average driver.

See Insurify’s 2022 Auto Insurance Trends Report: Who’s Paying More for Coverage for more insights on auto insurance and driver behavior trends in 2022!

About Insurify

Based in Cambridge, MA, Insurify is America’s top-rated destination for the largest selection of accurate insurance quotes and expert advice. Insurify empowers customers to compare, buy, and manage their auto, home, and life insurance policies all in one place. With more than 70 million quotes served, Insurify has won several insurance industry awards, including Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startups of 2022, Forbes Fintech 50 List for 2021, Inc.’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America of 2022 and 2021, Stevies’ Gold International Business Award for a Medium-sized Insurance Company 2021, EY’s 2021 New England Entrepreneur of the Year, and Insurtech Insights’ Future 50 2021.


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