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When you’re a younger, less-experienced driver, you can typically expect to pay more on average for car insurance, at least until you hit a certain age and have more experience behind the wheel. As a 22-year-old driver, you likely have a few years of experience under your belt, which is represented in lower average insurance costs compared to 18- or 19-year-old drivers. And, if you maintain a clean driving record, your rates will likely continue to go down as you get older.
But while 22-year-old drivers pay less, on average, than drivers who are teenagers or are 20 or 21 years old, there may still be opportunities for you to save money on your car insurance. That’s because your car insurance rates are based on numerous factors, so it can be helpful to understand what insurance companies use to determine your premium. Bankrate’s research, which includes the average premium costs for 22-year-olds by gender, state and company, might help you take control of your car insurance expenses.
How much is car insurance for a 22-year-old?
The average cost of car insurance for a 22-year-old driver on their own full coverage policy is $2,779 per year, according to premium data provided by Quadrant Information Services. That equates to about $232 per month. If you have a policy with minimum coverage, the average annual rate for a 22-year-old is $836. As expected, these rates are higher than the national average cost of car insurance, which is $1,771 for full coverage and $565 for minimum coverage per year.
As you gain more experience behind the wheel, and have no at-fault accidents or moving violations, you may see your auto insurance rates gradually decrease. Bankrate’s sample profile for a 22-year-old driver represents a 22-year-old with their own policy, who rents rather than owns their own home. Because many 22-year-olds might have moved out of their parents’ home and are living on their own, but may not own a home yet, these rates are generally helpful and representative of this age group.
For 22-year-olds listed on their parents’ policies, the average cost of a full coverage policy is $2,466 per year, and the average cost of a minimum coverage policy is $769 per year. That’s slightly lower than the average cost of car insurance for 22-year-olds on their own policies.
Drivers under age 25 are generally considered to be relatively inexperienced by most insurance companies and are often charged a higher premium to compensate for the greater risks they present. In general, the older you get — assuming you are able to maintain a clean driving record — the lower your premium will be.
Average car insurance costs for 22-year-old males and females
Gender is one of several factors that insurance companies commonly use to determine your premium (except in states where this rating factor is prohibited). Statistically, women tend to get into fewer accidents, have fewer driver-under-the-influence accidents (DUIs) and — most importantly — have less serious accidents than men. So all other things being equal, women often pay less for auto insurance than their male counterparts, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
|Average annual full coverage premium for 22-year-old male||Average annual full coverage premium for 22-year-old female|
In six states, insurance companies are barred from using gender when calculating premium. In most areas of the U.S., however, your gender will be among the rating factors that affect how much you pay for insurance.
Average car insurance cost for 22-year-olds by state
Insurance rates vary by state, so knowing both the national average premium for your age group as well as your state’s average premium can be helpful for the sake of comparison. Along with different regulations surrounding insurance in every state, each individual ZIP code has varying rates of collisions, vehicle thefts and costs for repairs. All of these factors determine the average rates quoted in each state.
|State||Average annual full coverage premium for 22-year-old drivers|
*These states do not allow insurers to rate consumers differently based on gender.
Best car insurance companies for 22-year-olds
Car insurance companies vary greatly, not only in the rates charged, but in the coverage types, discounts, policy features offered and corresponding third-party rankings. Bankrate’s insurance editorial team reviewed the best car insurance carriers by market share in the nation. Our criteria included third-party customer satisfaction scores and financial strength ratings. If you are in the market for the best car insurance for 22-year-old drivers, comparing quotes from these four major providers will give you an idea of how rates vary based on your circumstances:
|Car insurance company||Average annual minimum coverage premium for 22-year-old drivers||Average annual full coverage premium for 22-year-old drivers|
American Family, commonly known as AmFam, has the highest premiums among the insurers on our list, but its overall average premium is still cheaper than the national average for 22-year-olds. The ninth-largest U.S. auto insurer based on market share according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), AmFam offers some unique discounts that could help you save, including a young volunteer discount and a generational discount, which you may be able to take advantage of if your parents are insured with AmFam. You can tailor your policy with optional coverages, such as accidental death and dismemberment coverage or gap coverage. AmFam is fiscally sound and carries an A (Excellent) financial strength rating from AM Best.
Learn more: American Family Insurance review
Geico’s low average rates are already competitive, but the second-largest U.S. auto insurer also has one of the most comprehensive lists of available discounts in the industry. 22-year-olds may be able to save additional money by taking advantage of discounts including good student, military and federal employee and vehicle safety equipment. However, keep in mind that Geico does not offer gap insurance, so if you want gap coverage, you’ll have to purchase it from a competitor. Geico carries an A++ (Superior) financial strength rating from AM Best, the highest level possible.
Learn more: Geico Insurance review
State Farm, the largest U.S. auto insurer with 16% market share, may appeal to 22-year-old drivers who value working with a local insurance agent in person. The company has over 19,000 exclusive agents nationwide, making it probable you have a local State Farm agency nearby. You might be able to lower your premium further with the company’s Steer Clear safe driving telematics program that tracks your driving habits, or by being a good student that maintains a B average or better. State Farm also offers several other insurance products, if you are looking to expand your financial protection, including home, condo and renters coverage, and provides additional banking services. However, with the second-highest premiums on our list, State Farm may not be the best option for budget-conscious 22-year-old policyholders. AM Best rates State Farm A++ (Superior) for its financial strength.
Learn more: State Farm Insurance review
USAA, the fifth-largest U.S. auto insurer in the nation, is known for its competitive premiums and high-quality customer service. However, one drawback of USAA may be that the company only sells insurance to active-duty military, veterans and their qualifying family members. If you qualify for membership, USAA provides a few advantages to consider. In addition to low premiums, the company offers numerous discounts for 22-year-olds, including safe driving, good student and owning a new car. USAA carries an A++ (Superior) financial strength rating from AM Best.
Learn more: USAA Insurance review
Cheapest car insurance for 22-year-olds
22-year-olds are often just starting out and establishing independent lives. Rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, car loan payments and student loan payments may cause these young adults to operate on a strict budget. If you’re looking for the cheapest car insurance companies, the following major providers offer average rates that are below the national average for 22-year-olds:
|Car insurance company||Average annual minimum coverage premium for 22-year-olds||Average annual full coverage premium for 22-year-olds|
Regardless of the average rate for 22-year-olds, keep in mind that car insurance premiums are personalized. Your individual rating factors will ultimately determine how much you pay. Your choice of vehicle, the level of coverage you purchase and your driving history will all be factored into your premium, so you might pay more or less than these average premiums.
How to save on car insurance for 22-year-olds
While the average cost of car insurance for 22-year-olds tends to be higher than it is for older drivers, there are several ways you may be able to lower your auto insurance rate.
Maintain a good driving record
One of the best ways to keep your insurance premium low is to avoid at-fault accidents and traffic violations. The more accidents and moving violations you have on your motor vehicle record, the higher your premium is likely to be. Practicing safe driving habits not only keeps you, your passengers and those around you safe, it can help keep your auto insurance premiums low. Since some insurers offer good driving discounts, safe driving is further incentivized.
Get good grades
Many insurance companies offer discounts for teens and young adults if they have good grades in high school or as full-time college students. You will likely have to present a recent grade card to your insurance company to qualify for this discount. Every company has different requirements, so be sure to ask your insurance company if you qualify.
Go to college without a car
If you are a college student living away from home, you may qualify for a discount on your auto insurance policy if you choose to leave your car behind. Most companies dictate how many miles you must be away from home in order to qualify for this discount. For example, you may need to be going to a school that is at least 100 miles from your home address in order to qualify.
How to get the best car insurance for a 22-year-old
There are several tips a 22-year-old driver may be able to use to find the best car insurance for their needs. These include:
- Shop around. Each insurance company calculates rates differently and each may also offer different types of coverage options or discounts to drivers. Shopping around for car insurance quotes can help you find the best car insurance company for the coverage you need at a rate that fits your budget.
- Ask about discounts. In many cases, car insurance discounts can be stacked together to maximize savings. Ask about available discounts that you may qualify for in order to help maximize your savings whenever possible.
- Be a safe driver. By practicing safe driving habits, you can better maintain a clean driving record. This may not only keep rates low, but may also make you eligible for the best car insurance companies and safe driving discounts in many cases.
- Work with an agent. As a 22-year-old, you may not know what coverages you need and which are optional for your specific situation. Working with a licensed agent, whether it’s a captive agent like a State Farm agent or an independent agent, may help to ensure that you get the right policy without paying for extra coverage you don’t need.
Frequently asked questions
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2022 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on a 22-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:
- $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
- $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
- $50,000 property damage liability per accident
- $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
- $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
- $500 collision deductible
- $500 comprehensive deductible
To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverages that meet each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2020 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week, drive 12,000 miles annually and have a renters insurance policy.
These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.
Gender: Six states prohibit insurers from using gender as a determining factor in calculating premiums: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Age: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the ages 18-60 (base: 40 years) applied. Depending on age, drivers may be a renter or homeowner. Two states prohibit insurers from using age as a rating factor: Hawaii and Massachusetts