Drink driving could cost you more than your licence, as research suggests that sozzled Brits are likely to see an increase in car insurance premiums once a ban is up.
Research from MoneySupermarket.com says that a drink driver could see an average increase of 150 per cent to their insurance premium, once they have completed their ban and begin to drive again.
According to the research, which comes at the same time the Association of Chief Police Officers launches its summer campaign against drink driving, a 30 year old male with a drink driving conviction could see his premiums rise from an average £472 a year, to £1,175.
For anyone considering taking the car with them to the pub, it should be noted that it is not only the cost of car insurance that could grow. Anyone that relies on a car for work and is banned risks losing their job, as well has having to pay for any damage done to a vehicle whether it be your own or anyone else’s. Also, drinking and driving hugely increases the chance of an accident, should this result in a fatality it is likely to end in an extended prison term.
Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at MoneySupermarket.com said Taking the risk by drink driving can have ‘dire consequences’.
“It could lead to a hefty points conviction, a fine of up to £5,000, a 12 month driving ban and even a prison sentence. This will not only make it difficult for you to find an insurance provider willing to cover you in the future, but as our research has showed, the cost of your premium will increase substantially”, he added.
Women are likely to see a slightly smaller hike of 133 per cent.