Will A Previous Driving Ban Make It Hard To Get Insurance?
A previous driving ban will likely make it more difficult to find car insurance.
Insurance providers consider banned drivers to be a higher risk due to their past driving behaviour, so they may either refuse to insure them or offer insurance at a significantly higher premium.
Some insurance providers may also impose additional restrictions on banned drivers, such as limiting the number of miles they can drive or requiring a higher excess payment.
While options may be limited, there are insurance providers that specialise in providing insurance to banned drivers, so it is still possible for them to get insurance, even with a previous ban.
In complex cases like this, it can be beneficial to speak to someone directly who can offer advice. There may be specific lenders that are better suited than others and an insurance broker can help to identify which options are best.
How Long Do You Need To Declare A Driving Ban For?
In the UK, you are required to declare a driving ban to insurance providers for a minimum of 5 years from the date your ban was lifted.
This means that even after your ban has ended, you may still face higher insurance premiums for a significant amount of time after the ban is “spent”.
Even with this 5 year declaration period, the actual length of time that a driving ban will affect your insurance can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your ban and the insurance providers you approach.
Some insurance providers may consider a driving ban for a longer period of time, while others may consider it for a shorter period. It’s always best to check with individual insurance providers to find out their specific requirements and policies. The quickest way to do this is typically to compare quotes.
Am I Classed As A High Risk Driver?
A high risk driver is considered someone who poses a greater risk to insurance companies through making or causing claims. High-risk drivers are statistically involved in a more accidents than the average driver.
Some common factors that can contribute to a driver being considered high-risk include:
- A history of accidents or traffic violations
- A previous driving ban or revocation of licence
- Young age or lack of driving experience
- A history of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A high-performance or modified vehicle
- A history of claims or high claims frequency
- Living in a high-crime area
- A poor credit score
It’s important to note that not all high-risk drivers will fall into one of these categories, and the factors that determine a driver’s risk profile can vary depending on the insurance provider.