Press Release: New calculator reveals how much tickets raise your auto insurance rates

Jan. 9, 2019 (Foster City, CA) – A traffic ticket isn’t just a fine. It can also raise your auto insurance rates., the leading online resource for auto, home, health and life insurance expertise based on 20 years of helping consumers, today reveals a new ticket calculator that lets readers find the average percent increase to auto insurance rates for 18 tickets.

“Most drivers realize a ticket will raise their car insurance rates, but few have an idea of by how much, and won’t find out until their policy renewal,” says Penny Gusner, consumer analyst for “Our ticket calculator lets you find out the average increase, so you know what to expect.”

Our analysis reveals that drunken driving is the most expensive violation among the infractions we surveyed, with an average rate increase of 79 percent. That’s followed by reckless driving, drag racing and speeding 30 miles over the limit.

Based on's analysis of rates, here's how much the common tickets will impact your rates, on average:

ViolationPercent increase
DUI/DWI first offense79%
Reckless driving73%
Operating a vehicle in a race (highway racing)71%
Speeding 30+ over limit30%
Careless driving26%
Distracted driving22%
Speeding 16-29 MPH over limit22%
Improper/illegal pass20%
Speeding 1-15 MPH over limit20%
Following too closely20%
Improper turn20%
Failure to yield20%
Failure to stop19%
Talking on cell phone16%
Driving without a license or permit12%
Driving without insurance10%
Seat belt infraction3%

Even if you’ve been ticketed, you can still save on car insurance by comparing rates. For example, the average driver can save about $800 comparison shopping after a speeding violation, data show.

“Insurance companies assess risk differently, so the price for a policy can differ by hundreds of dollars,” says Gusner. “It pays to comparison shop, at least upon renewal time, but especially after a ticket.”

See the full article and methodology here: “Ticket? How much auto insurance increases for 18 driving violations" at

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Press contact:

Penny Gusner


Liberty Communications for QuinStreet

Rick Judge, 415-429-5652