Last Updated on September 29, 2020 by Andrew Lee
Rhode Island auto insurance laws require all motorists to always carry the minimum coverage. When you drive without insurance, and law enforcement officers catch you, you will have to pay for the consequences – literally and figuratively. This is why you should never undermine the value of having a Rhode Island car insurance policy. And to help you understand just how important it is, here are just some of the most critical facts about it you should know.
The average cost of car insurance in Rhode Island
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) claims that the average person pays roughly $1,066.25 for car insurance in Rhode Island each year.
They broke this figure down to:
$719.53 is the average annual liability insurance expenditure.
$372.15 is the average annual collision insurance expenditure.
$118.86 is the average annual comprehensive insurance expenditure.
Young Drivers in Rhode Island
Our case study found that Ocean State offers the following yearly premium averages to a young driver:
- $2193.2 for state minimum coverage
- $3377.2 for basic full coverage
- $4220.4 for premium full coverage
Lack of good driving qualities drives these high costs. Because these motorists are still learning, they don’t have the skill level that older, much more experienced drivers have. This puts them at a greater risk of getting into an accident or causing a collision. Keep in mind that insurers take into account as many factors as possible when determining risk, and they consider inexperience as a huge influencer of premiums.
Female Drivers in Rhode Island
A female driver can expect to pay a yearly premium average of:
- $1040.4 for state minimum coverage
- $1910 for basic full coverage
- $2009.6 for premium full coverage
In our case study, we found that on average, women can have much lower premiums than new and teen drivers. And they can further bring down their costs through several strategies. Insuring a vehicle that comes with exceptional safety features is just one of the many money-saving tactics they can implement.
Senior Drivers in Rhode Island
With our methodology, we found that a senior driver can have an annual premium average of:
- $1273.6 for state minimum coverage
- $1938 for basic full coverage
- $2451.2 for premium full coverage
Our case study also suggested that the City of Newport, with an estimated population of 24,232 (2015, latest data) offers its senior drivers with one of the cheapest premiums, at only $46/month. Take note that in general, the bigger the city, the better the premiums.
Minimum car insurance requirements
You remain in compliance with RI’s motor vehicle insurance laws as long as you have maintained the minimums for liability insurance. Note that without uninsured motorist coverage, your policy remains incomplete or lacking.
The regulations that the state enforces when it comes to liability coverage requires you to have at least these minimums: a $25,000 bodily injury coverage for each person, a $50,000 total bodily injury coverage per accident (in the event you caused an accident that results in more than just a sole victim), and a $25,000 property damage coverage per accident. With these minimums in your policy, your chosen insurance company will help pay for the bodily injury- or property damage-related expenses your victims have incurred.
As mentioned above, the state also requires all drivers to include uninsured motorist coverage in their policies. One of the primary reasons for this is because 15 percent of the driving population in RI still doesn’t carry the mandatory car insurance coverage. The minimums for this part of your policy equal those for liability insurance. Having this in your arsenal will protect you from legal, financial responsibilities in the event you get involved in an accident with an uninsured driver.
There are also a variety of other optional coverage types that you can include in your policy. These include collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, medical payments coverage, rental reimbursement coverage, as well as towing and labor coverage.
Violations and Penalties
Since Rhode Island requires all its drivers to carry an auto insurance policy, failure to do so will just result in a tarnished driving record. Penalties vary depending on the number of offenses.
For instance, fines range from $100 to $1,000. License and registration suspension terms also vary, with first offenders having to face a duration of up to three months, six for second-time offenders, and twelve for subsequent offenders. Those found in violation of these rules also have to pay a reinstatement fee of $30 to $50 for their license and a separate one for their registration.
Driving safety in Rhode Island
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say, only 78% of drivers and front-seat passengers have the habit of using their seatbelts. This is 8% lower than the 86% national average.
The National Highway Safety Administration cited the 2015 count of driving fatalities as 45 all in all. 43% of this (19 cases) were caused by alcohol-impaired driving.
The CDC has then given RI the overall vehicle occupant death rate of 4.5 per 100,000 residents.
Feel a sense of peace of mind while driving your car as long as you comply with all of the Rhode Island car insurance rules. And to protect yourself, even more, consider purchasing the minimums for the other optional coverage types.