LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With summer here, a lot of teenagers may be spending their break learning to drive. While that's an exciting time for these new drivers, it can be stressful and expensive for their parents.
"We found out that our insurance is going to more than double," says one local mother, Lisa McKinnis.
Michael Geeser with the Nevada Insurance Council says it comes down to numbers. "Vehicle crashes are the number one killer among teen drivers," says Geeser. He says young drivers generally have more car accidents because they have less experience, so that's why they're more expensive to insure.
Are you one of the many local parents shocked by how expensive auto insurance is for your teen?— Marissa Kynaston (@marissaktnv) June 19, 2019
Quick tip: If you see your insurer on this list, you could get a discount for enrolling your teen in the teenSMART safe driving course.
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13 Action News found some ways parents can save money when it comes to their teen's auto insurance.
- Encourage your teen to get good grades. Some insurance companies will give 20% discounts for a B average or higher.
- Enroll your teen in a safe driving course. The computer-based program called teenSMART says right on their website that they offer discounts with their insurance partners.
- Take advantage of new technology. Some insurers will offer a 15% discount if you install an electronic device in your teen's car. Devices like Progressive's Snapshot monitor things like speed and acceleration.