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Home » If I Drive Someone Else’s Car, Am I Covered Under Their Policy? 
February 28, 2024

If I Drive Someone Else’s Car, Am I Covered Under Their Policy? 

two women are sitting in a blue car wondering "If I Drive Someone Else's Car, Am I Covered Under Their Policy? "

Finding yourself in situations where you need to borrow someone else’s car or lend yours temporarily is quite common. And, although this is common, many people don’t think or know about the insurance aspect of borrowing someone else’s car.

Does My Car Insurance Cover Others Driving My Vehicle?

If individuals are listed on your policy, such as family members or household members, they’re typically covered when driving your car. But what about friends or extended family members who aren’t on your policy? Coverage usually depends on whether you’ve given them permission to drive your car. If they have your consent, whether verbal or through the handing over of keys, they’re likely covered.

Certain scenarios may also extend coverage to non-listed drivers:

  • When extended family members visit or stay with you.
  • During shared driving responsibilities on road trips.
  • When friends or family borrow your car temporarily.

However, there are exceptions where coverage might not apply:

  • Paid car-sharing arrangements usually require separate insurance.
  • Excluded drivers specifically listed on your policy are typically not covered.
  • Using your vehicle for commercial purposes usually requires additional coverage.

Does My Car Insurance Cover Me When Driving Another Vehicle?

If you’re listed on the owner’s insurance policy, you’re generally covered when driving that car, even if it’s not yours. Otherwise, coverage again depends on consent. If you have permission to drive the vehicle, whether explicitly given or reasonably assumed, you’re likely covered.

Here are some scenarios where coverage might apply:

  • Driving your parents’ car with their permission.
  • Borrowing a friend’s or family member’s car temporarily.
  • Renting a car from a rental company or a car-sharing service.

However, be aware that your full coverage might not extend to a borrowed or rented vehicle. While liability coverage usually does, comprehensive and collision coverage might not.

Tips for Sharing Vehicles

If you plan to share vehicles regularly, consider adding each other to your respective auto policies. This helps ensure coverage for both parties in case of an accident. Additionally, verify that the driver is licensed and not operating on an expired license.

Consider supplemental insurance if the vehicle will be used for commercial purposes or rented out. This extra coverage can protect both the vehicle and yourself from liability.

And always obtain direct permission from the owner before driving their vehicle to avoid potential liability issues.

Contact Us to Learn More

Since every auto insurance policy differs, coverage when driving or lending a car can vary greatly. Review your policy, consider your state’s regulations and assess your specific situation. Ensuring you have the right coverage is crucial for peace of mind on the road. Contact SOS Insurance Agency for a thorough review and to tailor coverage to your needs.

This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should
not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.

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