The state of Maine requires all vehicles to be properly insured. Maine law has established that motorists must have insurance in the required liability coverage amounts of:
|Bodily injury sustained by one person||$50,000|
|All Bodily Injuries sustained in one accident||$100,000|
|Property Damage resulting from one accident||$25,000|
|Medical Payments Coverage||$2,000|
|Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage equal to bodily injury liability insurance limits||$50,000 per person; $100,000 per accident|
As an alternative, vehicle owners may also purchase a single policy with a limit of $125,000.
Ways Driving in Maine is Unique
If you’ve got a young driver in your household, the state of Maine holds them to a high standard.
Maine’s Graduated License Program
Starting with the graduated license program, for a period of 270 days, all new drivers under age 18 may not:
Any driver in violation of these rules will mean your driving restrictions are extended.
New driver provisional licenses
In Maine, if you are under age 21, you must abide by the state’s provisional license requirements for two years. This means that any violation of traffic laws during the provisional license period results in the suspension of your driver’s license. This will take place for 30 days on the first offense, 180 days on the second offense, and a full year on the third offense.
How does Maine measure up on automobile insurance rates nationally?
Maine is 50th in the nation on rates, so you can expect to pay a bit lower than the average amount for car insurance here. For example, the average driver can expect to see a rate of $621 in Maine on a combined average premium where the national average is around $817.
Rates can fluctuate widely depending upon your zip code
For more examples, we compared drivers in the top 3 most populous Maine cities; Portland, Lewiston, and Bangor. By our research, a married 45-year-old homeowner female driver of a 2012 Honda Accord used primarily for commuting to work/school in Portland, Maine could expect to pay around $647 for an average 6-month policy. The same driver in Lewiston, Maine could expect to pay around $660 for coverage on a 6-month policy. A similar policy for the same driver in Bangor, Maine could expect to pay $511 for the full 6 months.
Ways to Lower Your Rates
There are ways to lower your automobile insurance rates in Maine as several possible discounts may apply to you or your household.
Discounts may be given for a variety of reasons in Maine. Some of them include:
In general, aside from applying discounts when possible, drivers who maintain a good driving record, remain sober, cautious and law-abiding and avoid texting at all times while driving, make sure their household members also remain responsible drivers, and keep their credit scores as high as possible can keep their premium rates low.