Insuring Your Car In Minnesota
Minnesota's official nickname is The North Star State, but it's also known as The Land of 10,000 Lakes and provides great opportunities for recreation and scenic drives all year round. For urban drives, explore Minneapolis' Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, the nation's longest continuous system of public urban parkways. Prefer a quieter drive? The Edge of the Wilderness Byway will take you past lakes, forests, swamps and more in the Chippewa National Forest. Wherever you go by car in Minnesota, having the proper auto insurance coverage is important. Getting a Minnesota auto insurance quote is easy with GEICO.
Minnesota Driving Hazards
With the frigid Minnesota winters, knowing how to drive in snow and ice is critical. It is also important to use extreme caution when driving over frozen lakes. On Lake Minnetonka near the Twin Cities, for example, there are channels between the bays where the ice can be vulnerable to breaking all winter long. Follow all warning signs regarding ice thickness and weight limits whenever you are considering driving over or onto a frozen lake, and remember that ice is never 100% safe.
Required Minnesota Auto Insurance Coverage
Minnesota requires the following minimum coverages on your auto insurance:
Bodily Injury Liability: $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident
Property Damage Liability: $10,000
Personal Injury Protection (PIP): $40,000
Uninsured Motorist Coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident
Underinsured Motorist Coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident
Teen Driving In Minnesota
Minnesota has a graduated driver's licensing program. The first phase of the program is the learner's permit. To obtain a permit, a driver must be at least 15 years of age with 30 hours of classroom instruction completed and must be enrolled in a program for behind-the-wheel instruction. Passing a vision and knowledge test is also required. A permit holder may drive only when supervised by a certified driving instructor, parent, guardian, or other licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.
The next phase is the provisional license, for which the minimum age is 16. Drivers must meet the following requirements to qualify:
- Have held the learner's permit for at least six months with no moving or alcohol/controlled-substance violations
- Have completed 30 hours of supervised driving (at least 10 hours at night)
- Have passed the classroom and behind-the-wheel components of driver education
- Have passed a road skills test
Provisional license holders may not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m. for the first six months unless accompanied by a licensed driver 25 or older. In addition, only one passenger under 20 years of age is permitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. After the first six months of holding a provisional license, no more than 3 passengers under 20 are permitted. This rule does not apply to immediate family members.
The final phase of the graduated licensing program is the full license. If the applicant is younger than 18, he or she must have have held a provisional license for at least 12 months before being eligible for this license.