When starting a family, it is normal to worry about what can and will affect you as a whole. While there are many possibilities (that change with every choice you make), one of the biggest decisions that can affect your family is one you wouldn’t necessarily think of: lower your car insurance.
After dealing with the decision of starting a family and getting a family car (and deciding which kind and how many cars your family has or needs), car insurance is your next most important decision. Whether you plan to purchase a new car for your teenage soon-to-be driver or if you plan to upgrade your old ride for something more baby-friendly, auto insurance can really help or hurt you. While it is required by law to obtain car insurance and keep it current, it is also key to make sure you have the right kind of insurance for any situation.
Making sure you have the right level of coverage – and that everyone necessary is covered, can not only save you money but offer extra protection in the event of an accident. If you do get in an accident, depending on the situation, you might be able to get your car fixed or a new one completely through your insurance. This will help you to avoid the worry of cleaning out your rainy day fund (which could be much better spent on diapers or a college fund).
You care about your children in every way possible: what they eat, where they go, who they are hanging out with. Shouldn’t providing them complete car insurance also be on that list? Making sure you have purchased the most covered insurance for your car and family is a way to offer affection and show your parental love. You can call up your service provider to discuss insurance rate hikes and let them know that you are planning to add another member to your family as well as your insurance policy.
You can teach your child how to drive, to not talk on their phone while driving, and to check their mirrors before hitting the road. But in the instance of an unfortunate accident, sometimes auto insurance is the best way to offer a solution and teach your child or children responsibility.
Taking care to plan out and purchase car insurance will no doubt show your kid you love them (although they probably won’t realize it until later), but will also teach them the importance of insuring and protecting themselves in this world. If you did not purchase auto insurance for you and your family, and unfortunately you were involved in a hit and run, you would most likely have wished that you purchased insurance to protect your family from the unknowns of life. In hit and run scenarios, where you were the one who got hit and ran from, already having car insurance can save you loads of cash compared to if you weren’t covered. This can teach an invaluable lesson to your family that although life may be unpredictable, it is always important to prepare for the worst and be covered.
Becoming a parent and choosing to start a family means you have to set an example and be responsible. But it also means you must teach responsibility. Teaching your kids to drive and making sure your family has valid and current car insurance will definitely make you feel more comfortable sending them out into the big world on their own.