To earn the highest safety honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it's no longer good enough for vehicles to protect people inside the vehicle. They must also protect people outside the vehicle.
For the first time, IIHS is requiring automakers to offer pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking systems to receive the group's 2020 Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick honors. Automakers covet the IIHS awards, which they often trumpet in their marketing because many car buyers give extra consideration to those vehicles. IIHS President David Harkey said the organization decided to require the pedestrian crash prevention technology on its top award, Top Safety Pick+, because of the nation's pedestrian safety crisis. "That was really important because of the spike we’ve seen in pedestrian fatalities over the past decade," he said.
IIHS said 23 vehicles won the Top Safety Pick+ for 2020, while another 41 won the Top Safety Pick. Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands, had the most winners overall with 14.
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Adding a teen driver to an auto policy can be a challenging time for parents. Not only are parents anxious about their teen's driving safety - they frequently suffer from "sticker shock" when faced with the associated premium increase.
The following information will give you a better understanding of the risks teen drivers pose so that you can better understand the "sticker shock" and help guide and prepare your teen through this important life event.
10 Teen Driving Stats that might surprise you:
1. On Average 6 teens die, and 650+ are injured every day in the U.S. because of motor vehicle crashes.
2. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19 year olds than among any other age group.
3. Among these 16 to 19 year olds, their fatal crash rate per mile driven is nearly three times the rate for drivers are 20 and over.
4. Six out of 10 teen accidents are caused by driver distraction.
5. The fatal crash risk increases for each teenage passenger in a teen driver's car.
6. One in 3 teens take their eyes off the road when phone notifications come in while driving.
7. Eighty eight percent of teens who self-identify as "safe drivers" admit to multi-tasking while driving.
8. Crash risk is particularly high during the first months a teen is licensed.
9. Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and follow other vehicles at an unsafe distance.
10. Compared with other age groups, teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use.
These statistics are alarming, but the more you know the better prepared you can be. Before your teen hits the road, set clear rules and expectations of their behavior while behind the wheel. You can help your teen develop safe habits by regularly observing their driving and providing constructive feedback.
One of the most exciting times in life is purchasing a home, whether it’s your first starter home or your final retirement home. It’s an investment of money, but more importantly, it’s a commitment to family, life, and love. Purchasing the appropriate homeowners policy is the first step to protecting your investment, but continuing to update the policy as you make any substantial life changes is what will give you the peace of mind that your investment is fully protected.
Most of us know that at its core, a homeowners policy covers damage to your property as well as offering liability protection for you, subject to certain exclusions and conditions. As time moves on, you will acquire new possessions and make life changes that may outdate your current homeowners insurance contract.
Here are a few life changes that may require modification to your insurance coverage:
- Marriage or life partnership. You may need to add your new wedding ring, your new spouse/family member, or their belongings to the policy.
- Getting a pet. Some breeds of dogs or exotic pets may cause concern for your insurance carrier. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance agent before bringing a four-legged loved one into the family dynamic.
- Buying a new toy such as a boat, golf cart, or trampoline may require an update to your policy. Some insurance carriers may have stipulations when adding these.
- Home renovations or remodeling. Coverage may need to be increased for new a home addition, deck, or patio.
- Home rentals. Options like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb may seem attractive from an income standpoint. However, they may negate coverage under your existing policy. The same is true if you decide to rent your home rather than sell it. The type of policy to ensure that type of situation is different than a traditional homeowners policy. In either of these instances, please consult with your insurance agent.
- Home Vacancy. If your home is vacant for an extended period of time, your coverage may be in jeopardy. Please consult your policy and/or insurance agent for guidance.
The bottom line is that it’s important to protect the one thing that protects your family — your home ... it’s where your heart is!
Deer vs. Car Statistics
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) recently conducted a study concerning the increasing dangers from deer-related vehicle accidents. Deer-related car accidents have consistently risen over the years due to increasing deer populations and destruction of their habitat.
- There are approximately 1.5 million deer-related car accidents annually
- The cost of these accidents results in over $1 billion dollars in vehicle damage
- There are around 175-200 fatalities every year and 10,000 injuries
- The majority of these accidents occur between October and December, but can happen year round
Preventing Deer and Car Collisions
Deer can appear suddenly and without warning, but knowing how to react and where and when they are most likely to strike can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
The leading cause of accidents, injuries, and deaths from deer-related accidents is when vehicles swerve in an attempt to avoid hitting a deer. Swerving can result in vehicles moving into oncoming traffic, crashing into trees and other objects, or evening rolling over. While it may be against a driver’s first instinct, the safest thing to do is slow down as much as possible, blow your horn (one long blast to frighten the deer away) and let your vehicle strike the deer. Instincts tell us to avoid an obstruction in the road, but if you can train yourself to not swerve to avoid deer in the road you will keep yourself, your passengers, and other drivers much safer.
Deer Crossing Signs are There for a Reason
Pay attention to posted deer crossing signs. These signs are placed in areas known for high deer traffic. It is important to note that even if there is no posted deer crossing sign it is important to remain vigilant as deer may appear anywhere.
Know How Deer Travel
While deer can be active any time of the day, the majority of deer-related car accidents occur starting at dusk and during the evening. It is important to pay special attention during 6 and 9 P.M.
It is also important to always be aware that deer mostly move in packs, and that when you spot one deer, it is likely that there are more deer nearby.
Use High Beams When Possible
High beams should be used at night as much as possible to spot deer in the road ahead or deer that may be lurking along the side of the road. Make sure to use your high beams only when no other oncoming traffic is visible and make sure to turn them off if a vehicle approaches.
If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best practice is to get your car off of the road and call the police.
In the event a deer damages your car contact your insurance agent or agency to report the incident.