Ride-sourcing or “ridesharing” as it’s commonly known is the process of transporting customers for a fee through the use of a privately-owned vehicle. It has recently become popular among drivers who are looking to gain a little extra income outside of their normal 9-5 jobs. Now that companies such as Uber and Lyft have created apps to assist in pick-ups and drop-offs, the trend has gained more than 160,000 drivers around the country.
Unfortunately, this also brings a huge risk for rideshare drivers which they may not be aware of. Most car insurance policies do not allow “drive for hire” under a personal auto policy, so drivers run the risk of not being covered if they have an accident while driving for a rideshare company such as Uber or Lyft. It’s a gap that spawned a new “hybrid auto policy” created by GEICO called GEICO Rideshare Insurance.
This policy replaces the driver’s current personal auto insurance policy and provides coverage for both personal and rideshare use at the same time. The coverage is in effect when the rideshare app is off, when it is on with no passengers in the vehicle, and when it is on with passengers, bridging the gap that the rideshare companies won’t typically cover. Since GEICO Rideshare Insurance will cover a rideshare driver whether he or she is “on the clock” or just driving for personal reasons, there is no need to worry about which policy will be primary in the event of an accident.
The GEICO Rideshare Insurance is now available for purchase in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and will be rolling out in more states in the coming months, so check back frequently.
The above is meant as general information and provides general policy descriptions to help you understand the different types of coverages. These descriptions do not refer to any specific contract of insurance and they do not modify any definitions expressly stated in any contracts of insurance. We encourage you to speak to your insurance representative and to read your policy contract to fully understand your coverages.