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People are often unaware that there are ways to reduce their auto insurance premium. There are certain habits you can practice, things you can add to your car and things you can avoid in order to keep your insurance premium affordable. Below are eight basic tips that every driver should know about their auto insurance policy.

Tip 1 - Safety devices lower your premium

Safety devices such as a steering wheel lock or car alarm can reduce the risk of your car being stolen. A stolen car is a nightmare scenario for both the policyholder and the policy provider. Not only will the insurance company have to pay out the entire policy to cover the car, but because you made a claim, they may be inclined to increase your premium. The less money an insurance provider is likely to pay out for a claim, the lower your premium will be.

Tip 2 - Read the exclusions carefully

During the next super storm, you may want to be well versed about your insurance policy. Some insurance policies specifically exclude damage to a vehicle due to an act of nature such as a branch falling on the car or hail damage. 

Tip 3 - Obey the law

This goes without saying, because you'll want to avoid getting points on your license, but obeying the law can also help decrease your insurance premium. People who get multiple tickets for even minor things such as failing to yield the right-of-way will see their insurance premium go up. Bad driving habits show an insurance company that you are more likely to make a claim because you're more likely to get into a car accident.

Tip 4 - Get familiar with gap insurance

If you just bought a brand-new car, there's something you should know about your insurance provider. It depreciates the value of your car faster than you can pay off the car loan. What this means is that you may not receive enough insurance money to replace your new car if it is totaled in an accident. Instead, you will have to use gap insurance to cover what your insurance provider doesn't.

Tip 5 - Do not let uninsured drivers drive your vehicle

Uninsured drivers are not just a nuisance on the road, but they're also a nuisance to your insurance policy. If you let an uninsured or unlicensed driver -- or one that is otherwise excluded from driving or from being covered -- drive your car, your insurance coverage could be canceled out completely. This is a nightmare scenario that you don't want to find yourself in. Having no coverage means having to take an SR-22 or limited liability policy that won't likely give you adequate coverage.

Tip 6 - Keep your car locked and secure

Keeping your car adequately locked and parked in a place that is not highly visible will make your car less likely to be stolen. If your insurance company finds that your car was stolen due to your own negligence, don't be surprised if they completely refuse to pay out your claim.

Tip 7 - Take your iPod with you

iPods, iPads and other electronic equipment are not a part of your car and therefore, are not covered on your car insurance policy. If you leave an iPad or a similar device in your car and it's stolen, you will not be able to make a claim for it.

Tip 8 - Decide on commercial or personal auto insurance

If you use your car for transporting goods, to run errands for your home business, or to taxi people around, you need commercial auto insurance. If you make a claim for any accident or damage to your car during the time you were using it for business, your personal auto insurance will not pay out the claim.

For more information on ways that you can stay on your insurance company's good side and therefore, reduce your premium, or even to get a Colorado car insurance quote, give us a call at 720-457-1101.
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