Car insurance prices for 17-year-olds are generally high. But according to figures taken from the latest Confused.com price index, younger drivers have experienced the smallest insurance price increase (8% year-on-year) compared to any other age group in the last year.
The not-so-great news for younger drivers is that the average car insurance premium for 17-year-olds stands at £2,013. Which is why it's more important than ever to shop around to find a good deal on insurance.
If you're interested in knowing more about how insurance pricing in the UK has changed, take a look at our latest car insurance price index.
Young drivers find themselves paying over the odds for insurance as many insurers class them as a high-risk group. This is for a number of reasons - a big one being the general lack of driving experience at a young age.
The good news is that, in an attempt to address high prices, some insurers offer telematics and black box policies. These are aimed at making driving more affordable and accessible to high-risk drivers.
Black box policies involve fitting a small box to your car which measures and analyses your driving style (things like your speed, handling and braking). Your premium is then based on how well you've previously driven, so if you drive carefully you could prove to insurers that you're a safe driver. This could positively influence your insurance premium, giving you a cheaper price.
If you don't like the idea of fitting a black box to your car, some telematics policies allow you to use a mobile app to monitor your driving. Data collected through the app is then fed back to your insurer, who may offer you a discount based on your driving.
If you're interested in a telematics or black box policy, once you've got a car insurance quote, keep a lookout for policies showing the telematics icon below.