Paramedics, firefighters and police officers dominate the rankings for the lowest car insurance premiums according to new figures from Quotezone.co.uk. Data from the insurance comparison website shows that paramedics pay an average of £452 annually for a private car insurance policy, followed by ambulance crews, £469, firefighters, £492, and police officers, £565.
Does working for a higher power help get you cheaper car insurance? Not really, Ministers of religion typically pay £538. Meanwhile nurses are paying about £570, which Quotezone says is competitively priced, with nurses enjoying some of the lowest quotes recorded. Students and hospitality workers have some of the highest premiums – most likely due to this grouping’s lower average age.
Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk, comments: “Younger drivers tend to have less driving history for insurance companies to incorporate into their risk analysis – insurance claims data also indicates that younger drivers are more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident.”
Last year’s professional car premiums figures showed police officers enjoyed the lowest premiums at £488, moving down to sixth place this time around with an average premium increase of £76. This new dataset, collected across the UK throughout 2021, is based on a sample of more than 175,000 car insurance policies, covering personal vehicle use only and based on or below the UK’s average car value at £25,000.
Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk, continues: “A motorist’s profession can have a notable impact on insurance costs. Emergency services personnel are generally viewed as being more responsible road users due to the nature of their job – in many cases lowering their risk and therefore their premium.
“But a car owner’s job is far from the only variable, there are lots of other factors within the professions grouping that can affect the risk analysis, such as age, postcode and number of claims made. So, no matter what job people have, there are ways to make worthwhile savings and reduce premiums.”
Greg recommends the following tips to help lower premiums:
- Park in a secure location overnight – Quotezone.co.uk’s own data shows drivers can save an average of £140 a year by parking on a driveway compared to a road as this might cut down on accidental damage and risk of theft.
- Beware of penalty points – three points on a licence can mean 5% more on a premium every year for the four years an infringement stays on a licence. Six points pushes up fees by as much as 25%.
- Build up your no-claims bonus – and report it accurately to the insurer.
- Switch to a smaller engine – consider switching to a car with a less powerful engine, especially if buying a new vehicle.
- Shop around – insurance comparison websites are a good place to compare a range of policies.