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Allstate to return $600 million in auto premiums as pandemic cuts driving

Reuters logo Reuters 4/6/2020 Suzanne Barlyn
a bridge over a road: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Seattle © Reuters/DAVID RYDER Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Seattle

The insurer Allstate said Monday it will return more than $600 million in auto insurance premiums to customers as many Americans stay home and drive less during shelter-in-place orders to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Most customers will receive a payback of 15% of their monthly premium in April and May, the company said.

The payback, which will apply to 18 million policies issued by Allstate and its Esurance and Encompass units, follows a data analysis by the insurer that showed mileage is down between 35% and 50% in most states, Allstate Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson said during a call with reporters Monday.

The analysis, based on data that Allstate collects from tracking products that some customers agree to use in exchange for discounts, and other sources, showed no difference between states that had shelter orders in effect and those that did not, Wilson said.

Still, some people may be driving faster on what are now less densely traveled roads, which could lead to more serious accidents, Wilson said.

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