Rideshare companies have made it possible for anyone with a smartphone and a car to pick up passengers and make a few extra bucks. But while most of these drivers have car insurance – many of them don’t realize that their personal policy doesn’t cover the time when they’re working. Insurance carriers provide insurance for drivers, but there’s a grey area when the rideshare app is turned on and you’re on the clock. Rideshare insurance varies by carrier, but generally covers defined periods in that grey area. To be clear, this is insurance that acts as a supplement or in addition to the insurance provided by the rideshare companies.
Rideshare insurance while working for Uber or Lyft
The easiest way to understand rideshare insurance is to consider the different periods of coverage when driving:
Rideshare companies provide insurance to drivers, but during Period 1 – when a driver has not yet matched with a passenger – the coverage provided may be limited. In Periods 2 and 3, more comprehensive coverage is provided through the rideshare company, albeit with a high deductible.
Rideshare insurance is often provided as an add-on to an existing personal policy that kicks in during Period 1 to bridge the gap in coverage and offer full protection. Some policies also cover Periods 2 and 3, when your policy’s personal deductible may be more manageable than that of the rideshare company’s policy.
While many popular companies provide rideshare insurance, you should check the coverage amounts, cost, and eligibility before you buy
It’s easy to say that anyone driving for Uber needs rideshare insurance, but drivers for any rideshare company – Uber, Lyft, Gett, Via, Juno, or any others – should probably have it. In fact, most of these rideshare apps require that you have a car insurance policy with a rideshare endorsement. At the very least, you should inform your carrier that you drive for one of the rideshare companies. You could face issues if you get into an accident while on the clock - and your insurer could deny your claim.
Many major car insurance companies have options for rideshare insurance, which are usually modified versions of their standard policies. However, there may be limits on which states policies are available in. Some of the most popular providers of rideshare insurance are: