As a Sidecar driver, most insurance companies won’t cover you while you’re roaming waiting to pick up your next ride. Your ridesharing insurance company will not provide coverage during this time; neither will a regular auto insurance policy. What you need is a policy that offers an endorsement to provide coverage for Sidecar drivers.
OnGuard Insurance is an authorized producer of Mercury Insurance that offers a “transportation endorsement” that will provide coverage for Sidecar drivers for only about $10/mo. Being one of the most affordable companies already, you’ll probably end up paying less than you were before you needed Sidecar insurance.
Let OnGuard Insurance help you get covered while saving you time & money… get your free Sidecar insurance quote in just a couple of minutes online or call 888-997-8683 to speak to a licensed agent!
Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Sidecar, Uber and Lyft are experiencing explosive growth as consumers embrace this convenient form of transportation in record numbers. The market is much bigger than you might think, as an estimated 500,000 TNC drivers are currently involved in ride-sharing (Uber, Sidecar, Lyft, etc.). Many of these drivers are unknowingly exposed to potential gaps in coverage.
In fact, Mercury alone averages about one ridesharing insurance claim per day, and many of these claims are being denied because the personal auto insurance policy only provides coverage when the TNC driver’s ride-hailing app is off. This means that many of you driving for these companies probably aren’t covered under your personal policies. Mercury’s ride-sharing coverage will close that gap and provide a solution by extending coverage during Period 1 of the drive cycle (see illustration).
In most cases, a company’s full commercial coverage doesn’t come into play until a ride has been accepted. During the time when a driver has logged into the company app, but not yet accepted a ride [Period 1], limited coverage may apply.
Personal auto policies aren’t designed to extend coverage when transporting passengers for hire. In fact, most personal policies exclude this type of exposure, and many are extending this exclusion to include the time Sidecar app is on, but no fare has been accepted [Period 1].
This coverage extends drivers’ personal auto policies through Period 1 of the ride cycle, allowing drivers to obtain coverage not provided by their ridesharing companies. Your TNC’s insurance company provides coverage from when a ride is accepted on the app, to when the passenger is dropped off. Our policy provides coverage while roaming looking for a passenger and of course for all other personal use.
On average, the ridesharing endorsement is about $10/mo. to add. An additional 8,000 miles will be added to the current mileage estimation calculation. A surcharge of approximately 10% will be applied (the surcharge will vary slightly based upon coverages selected). Once you’ve requested a quote, one of our agents will contact you to go over your quote and underwrite the policy, please advise us that you drive for a ridesharing company and we’ll add that coverage on for you.
Whether you need Uber insurance, Lyft insurance or Sidecar insurance, OnGuard can have you covered to drive for any or all of the ride-hauling companies in just minutes. Get your free rideshare insurance quote online or call 888-997-8683 to speak to a licensed agent today! We look forward to speaking with you and getting you the right coverage at an affordable price!