Driving in North Carolina: Statewide Stats

When shopping, residents should get as many competing quotes for cheap insurance North Carolina agents can offer. There are almost 8 million registered vehicles in the state of North Carolina as of 2012. The average annual cost for auto insurance in the state is $1,060 (quite a bit lower than most states).

Insurance Facts

Around 14% of drivers in North Carolina are uninsured, which normally results in higher insurance premiums, but because the state’s population is so spread out, without major traffic density, insurance rates remain lower than average.

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North Carolina State Car Insurance Requirements

More information on insurance requirements can be found at the State DMV page.

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Helpful Resources

Department of Motor Vehicles.

The North Carolina DMV’s website is hosted by the Dept. of Transportation and includes all the most common services, like vehicle registration and drivers licensing.

For a list of local DMV offices, the website offers a searchable database.

DUI Information

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 402 drunk driving fatalities in 2012 (representing 31% of all total traffic deaths). In 2013, there were over 24,000 DUI arrests in the state.

While North Carolina has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country, SR-22s are not required in the state, but if you have a filing in another state, and move to NC, you must maintain your SR-22 in the state where it was required.

If you are a repeat offender, state law allows the option for the city or county to seize your vehicle, sell it, and donate the proceeds to the local school system.

First time offenders will face the following penalties:

The Bottom Line

While insurance rates in the state have remained low, North Carolina’s two largest metro areas (Raleigh and Charlotte) are among the top ten fastest growing in the nation. This means that, at least in those two areas, auto insurance rates will continue to climb. If you are one of the state’s many new residents, or a local who is looking to save money, give us a call! A licensed professional can take a look at your policy, guide you through the process, and ensure that you are paying the lowest available rates.

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Average Annual Premiums in North Carolina = $1,022 | via Insure.com