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Insurers have previously judged women to be safer drivers - on average - than men. This meant that until 2012 women were almost always able to find cheaper deals on their car insurance. But since European law made it illegal for insurance providers to use gender as a consideration when calculating insurance, this is no longer the case.

Don't worry though, there are still many ways to save money on car insurance for women.

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What type of insurance for women do I need?

There are three main types of car insurance for women to choose from:

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    Fully comprehensive

    A fully comprehensive car insurance policy will cover you for damage, repairs, medical expenses, fire damage and theft, as well as damage done to someone else, their car or their property

     

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    Third-party, fire and theft

    Third-party, fire and theft policies offer cover for other people, their vehicles and their property, as well as protection for your own vehicle if it’s stolen or damaged by fire


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    Third-party only

    Third-party only car insurance is the least comprehensive type of cover available, and it’s the minimum legal requirement you must meet to drive on UK roads. It’s also usually the most expensive of the three

     

How to get cheaper car insurance for women?

Even though women can no longer get cheaper car insurance just because they're women, most will find they're offered cheaper premiums for other reasons. Things like tending to drive smaller, safer cars and getting into fewer accidents on average, which means a better no-claims bonus.

There are many things you can do as a woman (and as a man!) to cut costs even further:

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    Drive a safe car

    Choose a car in a lower insurance group, as they’re safer on the road and so often cheaper to cover

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    Invest in security

    You’ll save a lot of money by parking your car off the street or in a garage, and by using features such as an immobiliser

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    Increase your excess

    Asking for a higher voluntary excess should reduce your premiums, because it shows you’ll only make a claim when you really need to

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    Reduce mileage

    The less you drive, by and large, the less insurance you pay – simply because you’re less likely to get into an accident. Consider a low-mileage policy

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    Add a named driver

    For younger women, adding a named driver (like a parent) to your car insurance policy could earn you reduced premiums

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    Drive carefully

    One of the biggest factors affecting cost is your driving history. If you go years without making a claim, your premiums will fall

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    Telematics

    Using telematics or ‘black box’ insurance means your premium is based on how safely you drive

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    Pay annually

    Paying annually may seem like a big upfront cost initially, but it will cost less overall than if you were to pay monthly instalments

How does age affect the cost of women's car insurance?

Whilst gender no longer contributes to the cost of your car insurance, age definitely does. Typically, you will find that young drivers pay a lot more for car insurance than drivers 25 and over. This is because you are believed to have less driving experience, and therefore pose more of a risk for making a claim. 

 

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When taking out car insurance, insurers attempt to determine how much of a ‘risk’ you are, with riskier drivers likely to be quoted higher prices. Although gender no longer affects the premium price you pay, men tend to more regularly fit the profile of a 'risky' driver.

In December 2012, a ruling on equality from the European Court of Justice came into effect. It banned insurers from taking gender into account when calculating insurance premiums.

Providers who specialise in car insurance for women largely originated before the 2012 ruling from the European Court of Justice. Since then, these companies must now offer car insurance for men, too.

Providers that specialise in car insurance for women could offer several benefits or add-ons as part of their cover. These include:

  • Priority breakdown cover: If you breakdown, you’ll be given priority if you’re in a dangerous location, a woman on her own, or a family with young children
  • Handbag cover: If your handbag is stolen from your car, or it’s damaged in an accident, you can claim for damages or loss of it and its contents
  • Child car seat cover: If you’re a mother who regularly drives with a car seat, you can cover these against damage, in the event of an accident, or theft

Adding your partner is a common way for people to save money on their car insurance (depending on their previous driving experience) – and most insurance providers will allow you to add your partner to your policy. 

Telematics cover involves your insurer monitoring your driving habits and adjusting your premiums according to how you drive. They do this through one of three types of telematics tech – either a black box (the most common) installed under your dashboard, a plug-in device or an app on your smartphone.

This tends to benefit younger drivers the most, as it offers a way to get lower car insurance premiums as a reward for driving safely.

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