Hybrid Owners Drive More and Get More Tickets, Study Shows
Quality Planning, an insurance consultant firm, recently concluded a two-year study on the driving habits of approximately 350,000 automobile owners. It investigated driving tendencies and maintenance costs to determine the unique risks involved with insuring hybrids. Apparently, hybrid owners are ticket-prone, rich, and into marathon-style distances.
According to the survey, hybrid owners drive approximately 25-percent more miles (commute excluded) than gas-only vehicle owners. Incidentally, they also accumulate more traffic citations per 100,000 miles than their gas-guzzling counterparts. (Perhaps the hybrid owners are just trying to prove that their "green" cars have some muscle, too.) The results also indicated that, even though the cost differential is significantly narrowing, hybrids are still more expensive to maintain than other cars.
While the results of the study might not be overly surprising, the fact that some insurance carriers provide policy discounts for hybrid owners is significant. Some studies indicate that hybrids are now cheaper to own in the long term, but that may be offset by the elimination of insurance policy discounts and the increase of policy rates, thank you very much, Quality Planning. [From: Autoblog]