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Car insurance for drink drivers
Searching for affordable drink driving insurance can be a challenge when you have a conviction. Some insurers may refuse to offer you insurance or want to charge you more. At A Choice, we consider all motoring convictions and bans. We treat our customers fairly, as individuals and with no judgment.
We work with a panel of specialist insurers to find affordable car insurance for drink drivers. So, if you’re looking to get back on the road after a conviction, we could help.
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Do I have to declare a drink driving conviction?
Past convictions that are classed as ‘unspent’ must be disclosed if asked by the insurer. This also includes anyone added to a policy, such as a named driver. This is because the severity of the conviction may affect the cost or availability of a policy.
Failure to disclose an unspent conviction when asked by the insurer, could invalidate your insurance. Also, any claims you make on your policy may be rejected.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, if a conviction is ‘spent’, you do not have to disclose it when applying for insurance. If they are provided, then the insurer is legally required to ignore them.
Drink driving convictions that we can consider
Drivers commonly seek DR10 insurance for drink driving offences. However, we will consider all drink driving related offences. The table below shows the full list of drink related motoring offences that can be put on your driving licence if you commit a traffic offence. It also shows how many penalty points you can get from each.
Codes DR10 TO DR61 must stay on a driving record for 11 years from the date of conviction.
|DR10||Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol concentration above limit||3 to 11|
|DR20||Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drink||3 to 11|
|DR30||Driving or attempting to drive then failing to provide a specimen||3 to 11|
|DR31||Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity||3 to 11|
|DR61||Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive||10|
Codes DR40 to DR70 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the offence or 4 years from date of conviction where a disqualification is imposed.
|DR40||In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit||10|
|DR50||In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink||10|
|DR60||Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive||10|
|DR70||Failing to provide specimen for breath test||4|
How to get cheaper drink driving insurance
Don’t feel disheartened after a drink driving conviction, there are still several things you can do which can help reduce the cost of car insurance.
Drink driving rehabilitation course
As part of your drink driving conviction, you may be given the option to take a drink driving course, although you will have to pay for the cost of the course, which can cost up to £250. Our insurance panel can also offer discounts for drivers who complete the course.
Keep your car in a secure overnight location
Keep your car in a secure location such as a garage or a driveway when not in use. This is generally safer than leaving the vehicle on the road and can help to lower your insurance premiums.
Increase the voluntary excess on your car insurance policy
Choosing to pay a higher voluntary excess can reduce the cost of insurance. However, if you do make a claim, you will have to pay the excess, so it is important that you choose an excess amount that you can afford to pay.
Increase vehicle security
Fit a security device, such as an alarm, immobiliser or tracker to your vehicle. This means it is less likely to be broken into or stolen. As a result, insurers are more likely to offer you a cheaper car insurance quote.
Insure a car in a lower insurance group
Insurers will put all cars into one of 50 insurance groups, with cars in the lower insurance groups being cheaper to insure.
Add a responsible driver to your policy
Adding an experienced, responsible driver to your car insurance policy may help to reduce the cost of your premium.
Drink driving limits
The maximum BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is:
- 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or
- 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or
- 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
The maximum BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in Scotland is:
- 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or
- 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or
- 67 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
If you’re looking to get back on the road after a drink driving offence, contact our team as we may be able to help. Otherwise, if you would like further information, advice and support, see Unlock, an independent charity that helps people with convictions. Also see Drink Driving forum.