Car insurance Updated:
Another record rise in the cost of car insurance is set to drive motorists even further around the bend.
The average 'Shoparound' cost of an annual comprehensive car insurance policy has reached £892, according to the latest research from the AA.
It means premiums have increased by 40% over the past 12 months, the biggest annual increase recorded since the survey began in 1994.
The survey analyses quotes from over 50 insurance companies, brokers and schemes against a number of different risks that are deemed typical of the UK driving population.
The Shoparound premium is an average of the cheapest three quotes for each 'customer'.
The research found the average quote for a Third Party, Fire & Theft (TPFT) policy has increased by a staggering 82.1% over the past year to £1,532 as a consequence of the higher risks associated with insuring the typical young driver profile of TPFT insurance buyers.
Indeed, it is young drivers who have borne the brunt of the increases, with those aged 17-22 being asked to pay an average premium of £2,431.
Young men also continue to pay much higher premiums (£3,052) than young women (£1,767).
However, it is likely such discrepancies will begin to disappear over the coming months as the effects of a recent European ruling start to be seen.
From December 2012, insurers will no longer be able to take gender into account when calculating insurance premiums.
The likely outcome is that women will see the cost of their car insurance rise towards that of men, with younger females therefore set to suffer the most.
With the price of petrol spiralling too, it is thought many motorists are being forced off the road because the costs associated with driving have become all too expensive.
Shopping around for the very best car insurance deal is one of the easiest ways to lower the cost of your motoring.
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