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Speeding tickets are fairly common, but they may be costlier than you think. In Alabama, drivers with just one speeding ticket conviction see their average car insurance rates spike by 20 percent from an average of $1,843 per year to $2,207 for a full coverage policy. Understanding how and why an Alabama speeding ticket may affect your rate may help you maintain coverage that fits without your budget. Bankrate’s insurance editorial team breaks down what you may need to know about Alabama speeding tickets.
How much is a speeding ticket in Alabama?
Speeding ticket fines in Alabama depend on where you were driving and how fast you were going. In Huntsville, for example, speeding less than 25 miles over the limit will cost $179; while going faster than that will result in a fine of $199. Generally, the speeding ticket costs will be in the $150-$300 range. There may also be surcharges, and fees are almost always doubled in a work or school zone. The number of Alabama license points you may receive for a speeding ticket is generally between two and five.
How much does a speeding ticket increase your car insurance in Alabama?
The table below shows the average increase in car insurance after a speeding ticket in Alabama for a 40-year-old driver. Although women pay lower average full coverage car insurance rates than males in Alabama, they also see a slightly higher average rate increase following a single speeding ticket conviction. These lower overall rates are likely because women typically have lower speeding and accident rates than men.
|Age||Avg. annual full coverage premium before speeding ticket||Avg. annual full coverage premium after speeding ticket||Percentage increase|
How to lower your car insurance after a speeding ticket in Alabama
We have looked at how much your insurance goes up after a speeding ticket, but is there any way you can reduce that increase? There are a few factors that may help keep your Alabama car insurance rates low even after a ticket.
Get quotes from other car insurance companies
You may want to consider shopping around after getting a speeding ticket. Comparing personalized quotes may help you see if another carrier may offer you lower rates based on your driving record. Note that the average annual cost of a car insurance policy in Alabama is $1,843 for a full coverage policy for a driver with a clean record. For a driver with a single speeding ticket conviction, the average premium is $2,207 per year. Below you can see average rates following a speeding ticket from some of the best car insurance companies in Alabama.
|Car insurance company||Average annual full coverage premium before speeding ticket||Average annual full coverage premium after speeding ticket||Percentage increase|
*Premiums are average annual full coverage premiums for 40-year-olds
Look for discounts
Car insurance discounts may be an effective way to lower your premium. If you’re shopping around after a speeding ticket, you may want to compare discount opportunities from each carrier to see where you might save on your premium. Precisely which discounts are offered will vary from provider to provider, but some more popular ones include:
- Bundling discounts: You might save on your policy if you bundle multiple policies, like home and auto, with the same carrier.
- Safety features discounts: If your vehicle has certain features like adaptive cruise control or anti-lock brakes, your car insurer may reward you with a discounted rate.
- Defensive driving course discounts: Completing a defensive driving course may help lower your premium, but be sure that the course you take is approved both by the state and by your insurer.
Frequently asked questions
The best car insurance company following a speeding ticket will depend on your unique circumstances. Your Alabama car insurance premium is based on multiple factors in addition to your speeding ticket, including your car’s age and model, your age, your location and more. Collecting a list of companies that may meet your coverage and customer service needs and comparing quotes from each may help you find the best car insurance company for your circumstances.
While you do not necessarily have to disclose to your insurer that you received a speeding ticket, it will appear on your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) when your policy is up for renewal. Other insurance companies will also have access to your MVR if you’re considering switching carriers. When shopping around for a new car insurance company, you will likely want to disclose any tickets or accidents during the quoting process to get the most accurate quote possible.
According to Bankrate’s research, Auto-Owners, USAA and Geico offer some of the cheapest car insurance premiums nationwide. That said, your driving history (among other personal characteristics) will influence how much you pay for car insurance. Drivers with numerous traffic infractions are likely to pay more for their coverage, while drivers with cleaner records generally pay less.
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2023 rates for ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates are weighted based on the population density in each geographic region. Quoted rates are based on a 40-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 coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2021 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.
These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.
Incidents: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), single speeding ticket.
Gender: The following states do not use gender as a determining factor in calculating premiums: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania.
Age: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile (40 years) applied. Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts due to state regulations.