According to The Insurance Information Institute, the average driver in Florida will pay a crushing $1,259.55 per year for just car insurance, putting us at #5 for the most expensive state for car insurance premiums. We are literally shook.
Sadly issues with car insurance fraud and tons of accidents each day, among many other factors, keep our rates high and our pockets short. According to Martinez Manglardi Attorneys in Florida, more than 1,000 accidents happen each day here - with more than 30,000 happening in Orange County for 2018. We can only imagine with more drivers on the road that more accidents will happen 2019.
The good news is you won't have to get creative to save some money on car insurance in 2019. ValuePenguin analyzed available car insurance options in Florida and compiled a list of the cheapest options, so you have an idea on the best places to get quotes from.
According to their website, the cheapest insurance option in Florida right now is through Florida Farm Bureau Insurance, with an average yearly cost of only $381 - Followed by USAA at a $600 premium, and Geico the 3rd cheapest at $605. Here are the top 5:
Of course, your rate will vary depending on how clean your driving record is and the type of car you drive, so you should always get multiple quotes to see who will give you the best rate - and save you the most money to put towards your next Florida adventure, like the Venetian Pool.
You can see the full study list of the 18 cheapest insurance companies on their website here.
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Florida is looking to ease government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions as cases slowly continue to drop and vaccines are administered across the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis, in a press conference on Monday, issued an executive order that immediately suspends all current local COVID-19 restrictions, while also signing a bill that will prohibit local governments from enforcing COVID-19 emergency orders, including mask mandates and social distancing requirements, starting July 1.
On top of the new order, DeSantis also reinforced his ban on "vaccine passports," saying it is unnecessary to be "policing people at this point."
"If you're saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data," he said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the order only prevents local governments from issuing COVID-19 restrictions, meaning local businesses and restaurants may still enforce restrictions such as mask mandates and/or social distancing precautions.