April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. No, it is not time to be aware of the bar around the corner, but of the different ways that alcohol can affect your health and your life. While the month is a great time be reminded that we should all drink in moderation—that means one drink a day for women and two a day for men—there is another important component of this month that affects not only you, but everyone else who takes to the roadways. Let April serve to remind you that driving under the influence is never okay.
In 2012, 31 percent of all fatal car accidents involved alcohol, costing over 10,000 lives. Consequently, law enforcement takes intoxicated driving very seriously. If you are caught behind the wheel after drinking, you will be charged with a DUI. This is a very pricy charge. Not only will you have to deal with legal feels and a very expensive ticket, you will also see longer term affects in the form of your auto insurance premiums.
When you are charged with a DUI, your insurance provider sees you as a high-risk driver. That high risk makes you more of a challenge for them to insure, so you can expect to see your auto insurance premiums increase significantly. The average extra cost of your insurance after a DUI is a few hundred dollars. Do not put lives at danger and do not leave yourself facing this costly charge; use April to underscore the importance of sober driving this spring and for the rest of your life.
Did you know that while a DUI will result in a significant increase in your auto insurance premiums, a history of driving safely can help you see savings? To work with an insurance agent who will help you save on your premiums, contact the Scavone Insurance Center. Our team in White Plains, New York is here to get you the auto insurance you need at the price you deserve.