State Farm Drive Safe and Save vs OnStar: Which Service Is Best (2021)

When comparing State Farm's Drive Safe and Save vs. OnStar it is important to know that either the OnStar device or the State Farm provided Bluetooth device yield the same result. Your driving behaviors will me analyzed and reported to you so you can inform any subpar behaviors. Having an OnStar device may entitle you to a further discount that is based on annual mileage.

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UPDATED: Feb 3, 2021

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The Rundown

  • Drive Safe & Save tracks driving behavior and informs you of negative driving habits you can improve.
  • Owning an OnStar device may allow you a further discount.
  • Improving your driving behaviors increases the discount.

Today we’re going to compare the State Farm Drive Safe program and OnStar. If you’d like to know more about State Farm in general, read our article State Farm Car Insurance review.

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What is State Farm Drive Safe and Save?

The State Farm Drive Safe and Save app connects to a Bluetooth beacon that State Farm will provide you once you enroll. As long as you keep your Bluetooth on the app will provide you with driving feedback.

Here are some things it will tell you about, so you can correct your driving habits and begin saving money.

  • Distracted Driving
  • Fast Cornering
  • Hard Braking
  • Quick Acceleration
  • Speeding

If you limit these suboptimal driving behaviors you’ll begin to see discounts on your premiums. Keep in mind that insurance companies are all about risk and this app really just simplifies the process for both you and the insurer.

Before we go into a little more detail on how you can save, let’s take a look at the rates you’d be decreasing. Consult the following table to see rates for not only State Farm but other companies as well.

State Farm vs Other Leading Providers Average Annual Car Insurance Rates
StateAverage Annual Rates by StateAllstate Average Annual RatesAmerican Family Average Annual RatesFarmers Average Annual RatesGEICO Average Annual RatesLiberty Mutual Average Annual RatesNationwide Average Annual RatesProgressive Average Annual RatesState Farm Average Annual RatesTravelers Average Annual RatesUSAA Average Annual Rates
Alabama$3,566.96$3,311.52Data Not Available$4,185.80$2,866.60$4,005.48$2,662.66$4,450.52$4,798.15$3,697.80$2,124.09
Alaska$3,421.51$3,145.31$4,153.07Data Not Available$2,879.96$5,295.55Data Not Available$3,062.85$2,228.12Data Not Available$2,454.21
Arizona$3,770.97$4,904.10Data Not Available$5,000.08$2,264.71Data Not Available$3,496.08$3,577.50$4,756.25$3,084.74$3,084.29
Arkansas$4,124.98$5,150.03Data Not Available$4,257.87$3,484.63Data Not Available$3,861.79$5,312.09$2,789.03$5,973.33$2,171.06
California$3,688.93$4,532.96Data Not Available$4,998.78$2,885.65$3,034.42$4,653.19$2,849.67$4,202.28$3,349.54$2,693.87
Colorado$3,876.39$5,537.17$3,733.02$5,290.24$3,091.69$2,797.74$3,739.47$4,231.92$3,270.77Data Not Available$3,338.87
Connecticut$4,618.92$5,831.60Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,073.66$7,282.87$3,672.34$4,920.35$2,976.24$6,004.29$3,190.00
Delaware$5,986.32$6,316.06Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,727.29$18,360.02$4,330.21$4,181.83$4,466.85$4,182.36$2,325.98
District of Columbia$4,439.24$6,468.92Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,692.81Data Not Available$4,848.98$4,970.26$4,074.05Data Not Available$2,580.44
Florida$4,680.46$7,440.46Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,783.63$5,368.15$4,339.60$5,583.30$3,397.67Data Not Available$2,850.41
Georgia$4,966.83$4,210.70Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,977.20$10,053.44$6,484.90$4,499.22$3,384.88Data Not Available$3,157.46
Hawaii$2,555.64$2,173.49Data Not Available$4,763.82$3,358.86$3,189.55$2,551.83$2,177.93$1,040.28Data Not Available$1,189.35
Idaho$2,979.09$4,088.76$3,728.79$3,168.28$2,770.68$2,301.51$3,032.19Data Not Available$1,867.96$3,226.29$1,877.61
Illinois$3,305.48$5,204.41$3,815.31$4,605.20$2,779.16$2,277.65$2,711.81$3,536.65$2,344.88$2,499.76$2,770.21
Indiana$3,414.97$3,978.81$3,679.68$3,437.55$2,261.07$5,781.35Data Not Available$3,898.00$2,408.94$3,393.75$1,630.86
Iowa$2,981.28$2,965.86$3,021.81$2,435.72$2,296.16$4,415.28$2,735.44$2,395.50$2,224.51$5,429.38$1,852.57
Kansas$3,279.62$4,010.23$2,146.40$3,703.77$3,220.65$4,784.42$2,475.59$4,144.38$2,720.00$4,341.43$2,382.61
Kentucky$5,195.40$7,143.92Data Not AvailableData Not Available$4,633.59$5,930.97$5,503.23$5,547.63$3,354.32$6,551.68$2,897.89
Louisiana$5,711.34$5,998.79Data Not AvailableData Not Available$6,154.60Data Not AvailableData Not Available$7,471.10$4,579.12Data Not Available$4,353.12
Maine$2,953.28$3,675.59Data Not Available$2,770.15$2,823.05$4,331.39Data Not Available$3,643.59$2,198.68$2,252.97$1,930.79
Maryland$4,582.70$5,233.17Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,832.63$9,297.55$2,915.69$4,094.86$3,960.87Data Not Available$2,744.14
Massachusetts$2,678.85$2,708.53Data Not AvailableData Not Available$1,510.17$4,339.35Data Not Available$3,835.11$1,361.86$3,537.94$1,458.99
Michigan$10,498.64$22,902.59Data Not Available$8,503.60$6,430.11$20,000.04$6,327.38$5,364.55$12,565.52$8,773.97$3,620.00
Minnesota$4,403.25$4,532.01$3,521.29$3,137.45$3,498.54$13,563.61$2,926.49Data Not Available$2,066.99Data Not Available$2,861.60
Mississippi$3,664.57$4,942.11Data Not AvailableData Not Available$4,087.21$4,455.94$2,756.53$4,308.85$2,980.48$3,729.32$2,056.13
Missouri$3,328.93$4,096.15$3,286.90$4,312.19$2,885.33$4,518.67$2,265.35$3,419.14$2,692.91Data Not Available$2,525.78
Montana$3,220.84$4,672.10Data Not Available$3,907.55$3,602.35$1,326.11$3,478.26$4,330.76$2,417.74Data Not Available$2,031.89
Nebraska$3,283.68$3,198.83$2,215.13$3,997.29$3,837.49$6,241.52$2,603.94$3,758.01$2,438.71Data Not Available$2,330.78
Nevada$4,861.70$5,371.62$5,441.18$5,595.56$3,662.09$6,201.55$3,477.14$4,062.57$5,796.34$5,360.41$3,069.07
New Hampshire$3,151.77$2,725.01Data Not AvailableData Not Available$1,615.02$8,444.41$2,491.10$2,694.45$2,185.46Data Not Available$1,906.96
New Jersey$5,515.21$5,713.58Data Not Available$7,617.00$2,754.94$6,766.62Data Not Available$3,972.72$7,527.16$4,254.49Data Not Available
New Mexico$3,463.64$4,200.65Data Not Available$4,315.53$4,458.30Data Not Available$3,514.38$3,119.18$2,340.66Data Not Available$2,296.77
New York$4,289.88$4,740.97Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,428.24$6,540.73$4,012.93$3,771.15$4,484.58$4,578.79$3,761.69
North Carolina$3,393.11$7,190.43Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,936.69$2,182.71$2,848.03$2,382.61$3,078.65$3,132.66Data Not Available
North Dakota$4,165.84$4,669.31$3,812.40$3,092.49$2,668.24$12,852.83$2,560.35$3,623.06$2,560.53Data Not Available$2,006.80
Ohio$2,709.71$3,197.22$1,515.17$3,423.01$1,867.19$4,429.74$3,300.89$3,436.96$2,507.88$3,135.16$1,478.46
Oklahoma$4,142.33$3,718.62Data Not Available$4,142.40$3,437.34$6,874.62Data Not Available$4,832.35$2,816.80Data Not Available$3,174.15
Oregon$3,467.77$4,765.95$3,527.28$3,753.52$3,220.12$4,334.55$3,176.83$3,629.13$2,731.48$2,892.19$2,587.15
Pennsylvania$4,034.50$3,984.12Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,605.22$6,055.20$2,800.37$4,451.00$2,744.23$7,842.47$1,793.37
Rhode Island$5,003.36$4,959.45Data Not AvailableData Not Available$5,602.63$6,184.12$4,409.63$5,231.09$2,406.51$6,909.45$4,323.98
South Carolina$3,781.14$3,903.43Data Not Available$4,691.85$3,178.01Data Not Available$3,625.49$4,573.08$3,071.34Data Not Available$3,424.77
South Dakota$3,982.27$4,723.72$4,047.47$3,768.80$2,940.29$7,515.99$2,737.66$3,752.81$2,306.23Data Not AvailableData Not Available
Tennessee$3,660.89$4,828.85Data Not Available$3,430.07$3,283.42$6,206.69$3,424.96$3,656.91$2,639.30$2,738.52$2,739.28
Texas$4,043.28$5,485.44$4,848.72Data Not Available$3,263.28Data Not Available$3,867.55$4,664.69$2,879.94Data Not Available$2,487.89
Utah$3,611.89$3,566.42$3,698.77$3,907.99$2,965.57$4,327.76$2,986.57$3,830.10$4,645.83Data Not Available$2,491.10
Vermont$3,234.13$3,190.38Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,195.71$3,621.08$2,128.21$5,217.14$4,382.84Data Not Available$1,903.55
Virginia$2,357.87$3,386.80Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,061.53Data Not Available$2,073.00$2,498.58$2,268.95Data Not Available$1,858.38
Washington$3,059.32$3,540.52$3,713.02$2,962.00$2,568.65$3,994.73$2,129.84$3,209.52$2,499.78Data Not Available$2,262.16
West Virginia$2,595.36$3,820.68Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,120.80$2,924.39Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,126.32Data Not Available$1,984.62
Wisconsin$3,606.06$4,854.41$1,513.27$3,777.49$3,926.20$6,758.85$5,224.99$3,128.91$2,387.53Data Not Available$2,975.74
Wyoming$3,200.08$4,373.93Data Not Available$3,069.35$3,496.56$1,989.36$3,187.20$4,401.17$2,303.55Data Not Available$2,779.53
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Other ways to save with Drive Safe and Save are limiting night driving time, limiting driving during times of decreased visibility, trying ride-sharing services, public transportation, or biking.

Now that we’ve gone through what State Farm’s Drive Safe and Save app does for you, let’s learn how to enroll.

How do you enroll in State Farm’s Drive Safe and Save program?

First, you text SAVE to 78836. This is how you download Drive Safe & Save. State Farm allows you to download it from either the App Store or Google Play Store.

You will be given simplistic step-by-step instructions to complete app setup. The final stage of app setup is to activate the Bluetooth beacon that will be sent to you.

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OnStar

Remember how we said that with State Farm’s Drive Safe and Save program they would send you a Bluetooth beacon? The other option is to have an OnStar system that will do the same thing.

When comparing these two the fact of the matter is that both of these devices yield the same result. No matter which of these two devices you use, State Farm says that you could save anywhere between 30 percent and 50 percent on your auto insurance premiums.

So what is the difference? Why get OnStar? Because there will be a further discount that will be calculated based on your annual mileage. This is calculated via collected readings from your odometer.

Let’s wrap up with the various plans OnStar offers.

OnStar Plans

OnStar actually has several plans to choose from. Their Connected Access Plan has the basics to help you keep your car healthy. If you purchase a new vehicle, you get 10 years of this.

The Remote Access Plan is similar except you don’t need to be in your car to access OnStar. You can just use your OnStar login on the mobile app.

First off, the Unlimited Access Plan has everything the Remote Access Plan has. The Unlimited Access Plan also allows for unlimited data, it has Amazon’s Alexa built-in, and comes with Turn-by-Turn Navigation.

So, how much is OnStar? Connected Access is $15 per month. Remote Access is also $15 per month but can also be procured for a year for only $149.90. Lastly, the Unlimited Access Plan is $24.99 per month.

You may also be wondering how to get OnStar for free. They will give you three months of Connected Services and some perks as a free trial.

In the end, the point is to accrue as many discounts as possible. When you start a policy, be it with State Farm or any other insurer, inquire as to what discounts you can take advantage of that are applicable to your life. Read our article Car and renters insurance discounts to learn more about discounts on car insurance.

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