Best Car Insurance for Young Drivers 2017

Steven Mendel By Steven Mendel

We've reviewed independent expert sources to come up with candidates for the accolade "Best Young Drivers Insurance 2017". They are as follows:

  1. Direct Line - Drive Plus
  2. Aviva - Motor Insurance with the Aviva Drive app
  3. Hastings Direct - Smart Miles
  4. Churchill Car Insurance - DriveSure
  5. RAC - Black Box Car Insurance
  6. Tesco Bank - Box Insurance
  7. Co-op - Young Driver Insurance
  8. Admiral - Little Box
  9. Bell Insurance - Plug and Drive
  10. Coverbox - Car Insurance
  11. Wise Driving - Intelligent Car Insurance
  12. Marmalade - New Driver Insurance
  13. Ingenie - Car Insurance
  14. Insure The Box - Private Car

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How we came up with our Top 14 Young Drivers Insurance List

The cost of car insurance for young drivers can vary enormously because it is based on factors such as the age and driving experience of the young driver, the model and insurance group of the car being insured, and your postcode.

Comparison sites like Gocompare.com allow you to check prices from different insurance companies, based on these factors. Because it's easy to check prices on these sites, we've decided to focus on the quality of the insurance to create our list of the best young driver insurance.

We looked at Which's review of car insurance - and particularly at the total score awarded, and their "Recommended Providers". We then looked at an independent financial services review firm's ratings for the comprehensiveness of cover each providers' policies offer for young drivers.

Finally, we checked to see if the insurers on our list have won any awards for their young driver cover.

We only considered insurance companies that have policies or tools specifically aimed at young or new drivers.

Latest news on Young Drivers Insurance

After a period of falling insurance costs, it looks like car insurance prices are on the rise. Although older people seem to be facing the steepest price increases, young drivers aren't immune.

According to Confused.com, 17 year olds are paying more than 18 year olds for first time in 18 months. Their average premiums are £2,112 and £2,109 respectively. However, it looks like Confused.com uses data from comprehensive car insurance policy quotes, which can be expensive.

There may be cheaper policies but young drivers are still likely to find their premiums are well in excess of £1,000, which will be more than the price of many people's first car, especially if it is in group 1. Find out more with our guide to how much UK car insurance costs.

That is because insurance companies base their pricing on average data for age groups and young people tend to claim more. Black box policies can be cheaper for young people because the information the box records can prove the driver is safer than insurer's data would have them believe (as long as you actually drive safely!).

Another interesting development has been the launch of Marmalade's Cars for Young Drivers scheme. This offers young drivers from age 17 free car insurance for 12 months when buying a new car on finance. Prices start from £175 a month, with £500 deposit payable up front, and cars from popular manufacturers like Fiat, Ford, Vauxhall, Kia, and Peugeot are available.

What is Black Box Car Insurance?

The black box (known as "telematics" to those who work in insurance companies) enables insurers to track driving style and enables them to predict which drivers are more or less likely to have accidents.

Black box insurance policies typically re-assess the price of insurance based on the data from the black box - either monthly, quarterly, or annually. Generally, driving shorter distances, at lower speeds, during the day (as opposed to at night), with controlled acceleration and cornering results in lower insurance premiums over time.

Learn more about black box insurance by reading our expert guide here.

Some companies have incorporated the principles of black box into apps that can measure your driving ability. Aviva has launched Aviva Drive, which it says helps drivers with a score over 7 out of 10 save an average of £170 on comprehensive car insurance.

Which companies offer Black Box Car Insurance for Young Drivers?

The companies in our Young Drivers Top 14 who offer black box insurance are:

Other well-known providers of black box insurance include:

  • Ingenie
  • Insure The Box
  • Drive Smart
  • Wise Driving

Learn more out about the 8 best black box providers here.

How can you compare Young Drivers Car Insurance?

As in most markets where prices are high, competition has entered.

For many, the huge number of brands is not just bewildering but actually unhelpful. This is where the price comparison websites can help (for example Confused.com and Gocompare.com).

On these sites you enter your details once and in return you’ll receive quotes from a number of insurers who are, in effect, competing for your business.

However, there are some limitations with comparison sites for Young Drivers. Be aware that simply picking the company at the top of the list (ie the cheapest) might not actually get you the cheapest or most appropriate cover.

Why price comparison sites are not always best for young drivers

  • Many insurers are not listed price comparison websites, including Direct Line and Aviva
  • Some policies are tailored to specific groups of younger drivers and may provide more relevant or tailored cover to these groups - for example, (Endsleigh has insurance cover designed specifically for students
  • To reduce the cost of their policies many insurers have stripped back what is included. So be sure you know that what you’re buying is what you need. For example, watch out for policies that only cover limited mileage (a 3,000 mileage policy for drivers may not work for those who have a 25 mile daily round trip to work or college). Some don’t cover windscreen damage (typically £35 - £75 to repair a chip, more to replace it). Others strip out legal expenses cover, which pays out if you need to contest an insurance decision.

Top tips to get cheaper Young Drivers insurance quotes

  • You could buy your insurance with as high an excess as your insurer will allow, and then separately insure this excess. The likelihood is that this will reduce your premium. But be aware that you will not be able to make a claim up to the level of the excess selected, but successful claims above that level will be paid out in full. Importantly this route can help build up a No Claims Discount by preventing smaller claims.
  • Build your No Claims Discount - some insurers will allow you to do this without having a policy in your own name so you may be able to build it while driving on a parent's policy (for example, The AA), while others will let you carry forward your learner driver track record into a full driver policy (for example, Provisional Marmalade).

Young Drivers Insurance Reviews

Read our expert, independent reviews of companies such as Marmalade insurance and Aviva to learn more about Young Driver insurance:

This article was independently written by Bought By Many. We were not paid to write it, but we may receive commission for sales that result from you clicking on a link to one of our partners.

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