When it comes to purchasing commercial insurance for your trucks, you must research which types of coverage are best for your company and how to remain within your budget.
Types of Coverage
When you initially shop for commercial insurance for vehicles, you will notice that there are several different types of coverage. The types of coverage that you require will vary greatly depending on the type of trucks you own and the cargo you will carry.
One type of coverage that your fleet will need is commercial auto liability, which will pay for damage to property and bodily injuries in the event of an accident where your driver is at fault. Any vehicle that transports goods must have this coverage prior to registration.
There are also many optional types of coverage offered by truck owners. Some examples of typical policies include physical damage coverage and cargo coverage. Physical damage policies include collision coverage, which pays to repair or replace your vehicle if it is in an accident, and comprehensive coverage, which covers damage from fire and theft. Cargo policies replace any ruined or lost goods damaged in transport. There are also workers’ compensation and general liability policies if needed. Always check with your broker to find out exactly what your business needs.
If you want to save money on commercial insurance for your fleet, the first thing to consider is the ratio of your premium versus your deductible. Your premium is your monthly payment, and the deductible is the amount that you are willing to pay for damage and repairs before the insurer pays the remainder. The larger your deductible is, the lower your monthly premiums will be.
Business insiders believe that it is wise for most companies to purchase policies which contain the largest deductibles that they can afford so they can save on premiums. This works especially well when you, or any drivers you hire, are responsible, experienced, and have a clean driving record. Any moving violations or accidents can cause nervous insurers to raise premiums without notice regardless of a high deductible.
Outside of agreeing to huge deductibles, there are also other ways to save on commercial insurance premiums. You can contact the broker for any other policies that you currently hold and ask for a discount on any subsequently purchased policy.
There are also commercial insurance companies that cut premiums for drivers that obtain specific certifications or pass a particular course. Sometimes consistent truck maintenance, warning stickers, and security systems can earn a company a reduction in premiums as well. Check with your provider about any promotions that they may offer.
Set Up A Consultation
By now, you have a general idea of what you should discuss when you first consult with your broker. If you consider the types of trucks you own, your drivers’ collective expertise, and the nature of your freight, you should have no problem deciding which types of policies are necessary for your business. Don’t forget that you can save money by asking about any specials your broker may offer for safe driving or bundling products.