The kind of driving history you have will affect greatly your compliance with the Financial Responsibility law, the law that requires you to prove your capability to pay for damages due to accidents wherein you are at fault. Proving this capability may be done by showing that you are covered, that is, you have auto liability insurance, or by meeting any state-approved alternative to the mandated auto insurance coverage. While a clean driving record may save you from paying too costly car insurance premiums, a record that is marred with traffic violations, such as a DUI and/or, reckless driving, or worse, an accident wherein you are at fault, can very likely result to more expensive policies because insurance providers will see and tag you as a “high-risk” driver.
Getting identified as a “high-risk” driver, however, is not only based on past traffic violations. A car insurance provider can also identify you as such if you are below 25 years old (more so if you are below 20 since records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association consistently show that teenagers are the ones most prone to accidents), driving a high-powered sports car or any type of car that is more prone to accidents, have high annual mileage, or have been required by the court to file an SR-22.
Except in the state of New Hampshire, where drivers are not mandated to carry car insurance coverage, or in Virginia, where drivers can have their vehicle registered as uninsured by paying the required uninsured motor vehicle fee to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), all other 48 states require drivers to carry auto liability insurance. Possible consequences of non-compliance with this requirement are suspension of your driving privileges, fines, higher cost of insurance premiums and a court order that will require you to file an SR-22. If you do cause an accident, then you may also face a civil lawsuit wherein you would be legally required to compensate your victim for all the economic and non-economic damages he or she will suffer from.
To help you and all other drivers and car owners find the best and cheapest car insurance coverage that will include all your insurance needs are independent car insurance companies which offer free online quotes from different providers. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, P.C., some will provide as many as a dozen quotes to help compare actual prices of policies and the types of coverages included in each policy. Besides car insurance, you can also ask for SR-22 quotes plus require them to make the filing and purchase on your behalf.