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UPDATED: Jul 11, 2021

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Just the Basics

  • Anyone who has permission to operate a car is covered by its insurance coverage
  • You should be cautious about who you lend your car to; if the damage from an accident exceeds coverage limits, the car owner may be sued
  • If a driver you loaned your car to is not covered by your policy, they will be covered by their own insurance

Sometimes it is necessary to borrow someone else’s car or lend your car to another person for a short period of time.

Whatever the circumstance, there are a few things to keep in mind. In the event of an accident, are you (and your car) safe? Are all other drivers covered by car insurance?

This car insurance guide will tell you everything you need to know.

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Does car insurance cover all drivers?

In most circumstances, your insurance company will cover the cost of repairs in the case of an accident. That is true regardless of who is driving.

Other drivers, such as close family and household members, are absolutely protected under your car insurance if they are listed on the policy.

It’s a gray area for friends or those who aren’t covered by your policy. In general, if you give someone permission to drive your car, your insurance should cover them.

What about the other car in case of an accident? Your liability insurance, which is mandatory in every state except New Hampshire, will cover the cost of damages to the other car and driver. That’s why safe driving is important.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Are all other drivers covered by car insurance?

Does my car insurance cover other drivers? If you’ve got more questions, read on for some common questions.

#1 – Does my car insurance cover me as a passenger in another car?

Yes, you can normally rely on your own car insurance to pay for your injuries if the at-fault driver’s coverage is insufficient.