Back to learning Center

The Elephant in the Room

October 9, 2019

You probably think you’re covered, but you’re not. The insurance gaps when you are driving ridesharing services like Uber are the “Elephant in the Room.” We can walk you through current insurance options and the gaps that you need to fill.

Your Insurance Options

Ridesharing has become wildly popular for both drivers and riders alike. The issue is most drivers do not understand the car insurance situation with rideshare driving. Your personal insurance coverage is not enough to cover you in case of an accident.

As a result, big insurance companies developed the “rideshare endorsement” policy to cover you during rideshare driving. As we mentioned above, it is basically just an extra charge and usually drives your rates up close to typical commercial auto insurance prices. Which leads us to another option, commercial auto insurance. Commercial auto policies are typically all covering, but they are incredibly expensive.

So your options are limited and typically expensive, but that’s not the biggest problem... Almost all of these insurance options have gaps in coverage.

The Coverage Gaps Explained

The gaps in coverage that exist between your policy and the ridesharing company insurance policy are not being talked about enough. Many drivers find themselves in a bad situation with coverage after collisions. Let’s illuminate some of the issues.

First, you need to understand the three coverage periods and the coverage you need at each time:

  • Period 1: App is ON and drivers are waiting for a fare match (trolling period)
  • Period 2: Fare is accepted and drivers are traveling to pick up the passenger.
  • Period 3: Driving passenger in the car to their destination

TNCs (Transportation Network Companies), like Uber, have expanded their own insurance policies to carry $1 million in liability protection, but there are still some gaps in coverage. TNC insurance policies provide various amounts of coverage including from $1000 deductibles in periods 2 and 3 and only if you have collision coverage on your own policy. The biggest gap lies in Period 1 when you are trolling around waiting for the next fare.

Most personal auto insurance policies do not cover you during any of the periods, because they are not commercial auto policies. Rideshare endorsement and commercial auto policies fill this gap, but you will definitely pay extra for it. So what’s the solution? How can we make rideshare insurance easier and simpler?

Buckle Fills The Gaps

We saw this problem first hand when our leadership was writing commercial insurance policies for Uber drivers over the past 5 years. We knew there had to be a better way…

Buckle handles everything with one easy solution. A Buckle policy will have you covered for both personal and commercial use of your vehicle at a price lower than the competition. We’re talking about total coverage at better prices just for rideshare drivers.

Rideshare insurance doesn’t have to be hard. Get complete coverage and fill the gaps with Buckle. Get a quote today!

Arrow up icon