What You Need To Know About Ridesharing Insurance

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.

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 properly if they have an accident while driving for a rideshare company. It’s a gap that spawned a new “hybrid auto policy” created by GEICO called GEICO Ridesharing 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 Ridesharing 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 Ridesharing Insurance is now available for purchase in:
AL, AZ, AR, CT, CO, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
Check back frequently as we are continually adding states.

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.

Originally published September 2015.

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  1. James says

    Whether driving for a living or not drivers are discouraged from texting or operating apps on their smart phones. How is it then that for drivers working for Uber, Lyft and such operating apps while driving is their accepted SOP? Don’t tell me that all Uber or Lyft drivers operate their devices while politely stopped on a curb (especially in cities like New York where finding a place to stop is tricky to begin with). Insurance companies should ban operating any devices while driving regardless of the presence or absence of the insurance.

  2. Jo Taylor says

    I am thinking of going to trade in my 2002 Ford Escape for a 2007 Ford Explorer. I will need full coverage insurance. I am on a fixed income so I need to keep it affordable or I will not do it.

  3. Rhonda Moye Branison says

    I would like ro know how much the Ride ahare insurance cost in DC? I am considering joining one of the Ride share companies to make aome extra money.

  4. Michael Szatmari says

    I would like to find out how much rideshare coverage costs in Nevada.
    I will be retiring in the near future and maybe drive a little for Uber. Thanks