Now that severe weather season has arrived in North Texas, storms carrying hail could soon become a threat.
Those frozen balls of fury are a key reason why Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington residents may be seeing high car insurance rates — and a recent study shows that those rates continue to rise.
Metroplex residents paid an average 2017 premium of $1,867.10, according to The Zebra, an Austin-based company that researches and compares insurance rates from dozens of companies. Premiums in North Texas have increased 46 percent since 2011.
"Texas in general is a state hit by a variety of severe weather events: hurricanes, hail, storms," Adam Lyons, founder of The Zebra, said in an email. "Additionally, many cities in Texas are growing rapidly. The weather events, combined with more people on the road and increasing population density means more cars damaged by weather, more claims filed from accidents, therefore leading to increased premiums."
Nationally, rates have gone up 22 percent since 2011.
Many neighborhoods that pay the most are in Dallas, including ZIP codes 75207, 75216, ,75203, 75210, 75241, 75237, 75247, 75232, 75215 and 75227.
Residents who pay the least live in: 76077, 76070 and 76043 (Glen Rose area); 76205, 76201 and 76209 (Denton); 76226 (Lantana); 75028 (Flower Mound); 76008 (Aledo); and 76085 (Weatherford).
The Dallas-Fort Worth-area data is from 272 ZIP codes in 132 cities.
Consumer Reports expanded upon The Zebra's report with tips on how to save.