Can I Drive Someone Else’s Car With My Insurance?

Posted on June 27, 2024

Have you ever found yourself needing to drive a friend’s car in a pinch? Maybe you’re considering borrowing a car for a quick errand. Before you pick up those keys, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of what your car insurance covers and the rules for driving cars not registered in your name in Ireland.

Understanding Your Car Insurance Policy

First things first, let’s talk about what’s typically covered under your car insurance when it comes to driving someone else’s vehicle.

What’s Included in Your Cover?

Comprehensive vs Third-Party Insurance
Most drivers with comprehensive insurance might think they’re automatically covered to drive other cars.

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However, this isn’t always the case. While some policies allow it, they usually offer only third-party protection when you drive another car. Always best to read the fine print or give your insurer a quick call to confirm.

The DOC Extension
The Driving Other Cars (DOC) extension is a handy part of some policies, mostly comprehensive ones, which lets you drive someone else’s car. But remember, it’s generally meant for emergencies and might only offer third-party cover—so if you damage the car you’re driving, costs come out of your pocket.

Are There Any Restrictions?

Yes, and they are pretty important ones…

Age and Experience Matter
Younger drivers or those who’ve only recently passed their test might not have DOC cover. Insurers often set an age limit or require a specific amount of driving experience before this extension kicks in.

Permission is Key
Never assume it’s okay to drive someone else’s car. Always get explicit permission from the owner first. It’s not just polite; it’s a legal must.

When Regular DOC Just Doesn’t Cut It
If you find yourself needing to drive someone else’s car more than just occasionally, you might need to tweak your insurance setup.

Non-Owner Car Insurance
Ideal for those who frequently drive cars they don’t own but aren’t named drivers on another policy. This coverage ensures you’re insured even when you’re behind someone else’s wheel regularly.

Named Driver Addition
Regularly driving a friend or family member’s car? Consider getting added as a named driver to their insurance policy. It’s usually a straightforward process and helps avoid any coverage surprises.

Legal Must-Knows

Driving without proper coverage isn’t just risky—it’s illegal. So make sure to always double-check your coverage before driving a car that’s not yours, and confirm that your insurance policy covers you for that drive. It’s a simple check that can save you a lot of hassle.

Before you get behind the wheel of another car, make sure you’re covered correctly. For peace of mind on the road, consider updating your policy or exploring new options that better fit your driving needs. Contact one of our trusted KennCo advisors today on 01 409 2600, or click to get a fast online quote on the right insurance solution for you.

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