If your insurance provider has cancelled or non-renewed your policy, you are now a high risk driver.
While the definition of a High Risk Driver can vary slightly by insurance provider, in general, a High Risk driver has had accidents, tickets or even a major driving conviction. You can even be labelled a High Risk driver if you’ve missed insurance payments.
Top 4 Reasons for Becoming a High Risk Driver:
Statistically, drivers with missed payments, infractions and suspensions indicate are more likely to make a claim on their insurance policy. Therefore, they are more costly to insure. If your insurer cancels or non-renews your policy, you will need to obtain a new policy with a non-standard insurance provider before you can get back behind the wheel.
Driving without insurance is illegal. If convicted of driving without insurance, it is considered a serious offence and comes with a hefty fine of $5,000.00, plus a surcharge of approximately 20%.
You can expect to pay up to 25% more for High Risk Insurance in Ontario. However, this amount can vary by provider. Calling an broker with expertise in high risk insurance can help you get the best price and coverage as a high risk driver.
While it can be discouraging, being a High Risk driver doesn’t mean you will always be High Risk. On average, infractions affect your insurance premiums for 3 years from the date of your conviction. More serious convictions may affect your insurance for up to 6 years. So, if you continually practice good driving habits, you can eventually return to a standard insurance policy.
It’s important to remember, only convictions can affect your premium. In Ontario, payment of a ticket is an admission of guilt and the infraction will appear on your driving record. So, if you choose to fight a traffic ticket in court and win, your insurance rate will remain the same.
However, if you fail to fight the charge, here’s how your conviction can impact your insurance:
Many drivers wrongly assume that demerit points affect their insurance. In truth, individual demerit points do not affect your insurance. However, the infractions that caused those demerit points or a license suspension due to an accumulation of too many demerit points can impact your insurance.
The best way to avoid being high risk is to practice safe driving. Remember to:
To learn more, check out our High Risk Insurance Infographic.
If you have questions about High Risk Insurance, contact an Easyway Insurance broker today. We can help get you back on your path to lower rates.
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