Get the right car insurance if you compete professionally
If you describe your occupation as ‘sports man’ or ‘sports woman’ when you take out car insurance, your premiums will be expensive, regardless of your age, gender or income level.
Insurers are wary of offering cover to professional sports people, because if they’re in an accident the personal injury compensation could be very high.
There are a few reasons why you’re a risky prospect for insurers if you’re a sports person. Even if these don’t apply to you personally, they’ll influence your premium:
Professional sports people are often young, new to driving and inexperienced on the road.
Accidents are more likely for young drivers than those with many years of experience.
High-profile sportspeople are also more likely to drive an expensive, or rare car, rather than a little run-around.
They cost more to insure anyway because they’re expensive to replace or repair. But with a young driver at the wheel, it’ll be even more costly.
Cars of high-profile drivers are at risk of vandalism and accidental damage by the general public, and the press.
There’s also a risk of distraction - photographers and reporters, sports fans and celeb spotters are risky road hazards.
Sports people will probably have fellow professionals as passengers.
If a sportsperson’s in a serious accident, the pay-out for loss of earnings due to injury will be high, and that’s only increased by a car-load of well-paid colleagues.
Sports stars have an unfortunate reputation for accident-prone or dangerous driving.
Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Freddie Flintoff are just a few famous faces that’ve been caught committing a driving offence.
Although the risk of an accident might be higher for professional sports people, they’re less inclined to make a claim and more likely to pay for any damages themselves.
David Beckham is a high-profile example of sports stars’ unfortunate driving reputation. Despite narrowly avoiding a speeding charge in September 2018, he was then caught using his phone behind the wheel just two months later
Playing a team sport or individual sport makes a difference to the cost of your premium. If it’s an individual sport, it’s less likely you’ll have team-mates in your car so the risk of expensive injury pay-outs is reduced.
Insurers aren’t allowed to count gender as a risk factor anymore, so professional sports women won’t necessarily get cheaper car insurance than men.
There are still car insurance policies specifically targeted at women, but there’s nothing stopping a man from taking out the cover.
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Car insurance for sports professionals will always be high, as there’s a lot more at risk for insurers than if you had a standard job, but there are a few options that might get your premiums down:
Specialist insurers offer cover for sporting professionals which base quotes on the individual’s circumstances, rather than the sector.
ProSport Insurance Services, Adrian Flux and All Sport Insurance are a few companies who offer tailored policies for sports people.
If you’re a safe driver, a telematics policy could suit you. This type of cover bases your premiums on how well or badly you drive your car.
The cheapest insurance doesn’t necessarily mean the best policy for you. Having the wrong insurance could cost you a lot unnecessarily.
Compare a range of traditional and telematics policies to find the cover that suits you best.