Driv­ing unin­sured is a risky busi­ness

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO -

Unin­sured driv­ers caused $ 7.74 mil­lion in dam­age in the last year, up 25 per cent, a ma­jor in­surer said.

AA In­sur­ance said it han­dled claims in­volv­ing more than 3000 at­fault unin­sured driv­ers in the 12 months to the end of May.

The dam­age was al­most $2 mil­lion more than in the same pe­riod last year, and in­volved about 700 more unin­sured driv­ers.

"Unin­sured driv­ers can amass big debts if in­volved in a crash, and this can have life- chang­ing con­se­quences," AA In­sur­ance head of cus­tomer re­la­tions Suzanne Wolton said.

" It’s

dis­turb­ing

to

see

this in­crease."

There were a num­ber of rea­sons why peo­ple might not take out in­sur­ance, mainly re­lat­ing to cost, the driver’s be­lief the ve­hi­cle wasn’t worth in­sur­ing, or the driver hav­ing dif­fi­culty get­ting cover.

Anec­do­tally, many peo­ple also con­sid­ered them­selves to be good driv­ers so felt con­fi­dent they were not at risk, Wolton said.

AA In­sur­ance cus­tomer re­la­tions man­ager Amelia Macan­drew said the in­crease was most likely due to the num­ber of ac­ci­dents caused by unin­sured driv­ers in­creas­ing rather than the num­ber of unin­sured driv­ers.

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