IIHS says driver assistance systems aren’t always as reliable as humans

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found drivers handle many situations better than cars. Relying exclusively on electronic driver assistance systems can be dangerous, said the result of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests. The reason is that those systems are not always as reliable with certain tasks as actual human drivers. The IIHS found the range of unexpected outcomes ranged from troubling to positively dangerous. The non-profit group found that driver assistance systems produce unexpected outcomes. Those results can range from bothersome, such as braking too cautiously, to…

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Canadian man legally changes gender for cheaper auto insurance premiums

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A motorist fed up with paying more because he was male has found a loophole in a new law in Canada. A driver in Canada seeking cheaper auto insurance rates legally changed his gender from male to female in order to dupe the system. Gender-based car insurance premium calculations charge male drivers far more than females. The man wasn’t just chasing slightly cheaper auto insurance rates. In fact, he discovered that by changing his gender from male to female, he would save almost $1,100 (CAD) per year. The man, whose…

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Allstate pay per mile insurance rolls out for New Jersey drivers

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The Milewise program makes it possible for low-mileage drivers to pay based on their usage. New Jersey drivers now have a new pay per mile insurance policy available from Allstate. The auto insurance company has rolled out Milewise in the state. This insurance policy is designed to appeal to drivers who don’t go very far in their vehicles. The Allstate Milewise pay per mile insurance policy allows drivers to reduce their coverage expenses by driving less. The less these motorists use their vehicles, and the shorter the distances they travel,…

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4th of July accidents expected to spike again this year, says auto insurance industry

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The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety cautions that summer driving is often deadly. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has cautioned drivers about the dangers of 4th of July accidents. In fact, its data shows there are more car crashes on Independence Day than any other day of the year. The IIHS has based this information on fatal crash data from the last five years. The largest contributors to 4th of July accidents are motorcycles and alcohol, says the IIHS. The institute’s five year study determined that every year…

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Nevada drivers now have new auto insurance liability requirements

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Motorists whose existing policies do not meet these new levels will need to purchase new coverage. Nevada drivers will need to make sure they meet the new auto insurance liability requirements in the state. They have until July 1 to purchase coverage with limits of at least 25/50/20. Some policies will already provide the minimum coverage but drivers are encouraged to check. It has been a long time since drivers in Nevada have had to change their auto insurance liability coverage. For many decades, the minimum requirement had been $15,000…

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Auto insurance customer satisfaction reaches new record, says J.D. Power

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Considerable improvements to policyholder support and services have made the difference. Auto insurance customer satisfaction has reached an all time high, says a new J.D. Power study. The J.D. Power 2018 Auto Insurance Study said there were a number of improvements that led to this positive result. Insurance companies are starting to find their balance with customer interaction, said the study. The study results showed the difference was made by improvements in billing and payments, digital interactions, and offerings. The auto insurance customer satisfaction is improving due to a better…

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Senior auto insurance rates drop $200 for Delaware drivers

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A house bill signed into law last year went into effect on May 1 and will bring savings to seniors. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 80 (HS 1 for HB 80) will bring considerable senior auto insurance premiums reductions this year. The bill was signed August 1, 2017. The legislation became effective as of May 1, 2018. The new law prohibits car insurance companies from boosting rates for certain specific reasons. The senior auto insurance law stops car insurers from hiking premiums just because a person has turned 75…

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Pedestrian deaths are becoming explosively more commonplace

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An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report shows a spike of 46 percent in pedestrians killed. Pedestrian deaths have now risen to their highest point in 28 years, according to a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report. The IIHS report showed that the more the U.S. increases its arterial roadway use, the more people are killed. Arterial roadways in urban-suburban areas saw a 50 percent spike in deaths at non-intersections. The IIHS report also showed that there was a 56 percent increase in pedestrian deaths when it was…

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Auto insurance customers in Ontario, Canada overpaying by $5 billion

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A new Ontario Trial Lawyers Association says policyholders have paid far too much over five years. Ontario, Canada auto insurance customers may have been overpaying by as much as $5 billion on their premiums. This figure accumulated over the last five years, said a new Ontario Trial Lawyers Association report. Claims continued falling as car insurance company profits grew significantly in that time. At the same time that auto insurance customer were making fewer claims, insurers were making more money. In fact, according to the report, insurer profits rose to…

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Unfair insurance practices earn Wells Fargo a $1 billion fine

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The banking giant’s latest penalties are for having sold unnecessary auto insurance to customers. Wells Fargo has been slapped with a $1 billion fine for its unfair insurance practices. Thousands of the bank’s vehicle loan customers were sold additional unnecessary auto insurance policies. Those car owners ended up paying much more for their vehicles than was necessary. Among those Wells Fargo customers, thousands ended up having their vehicles repossessed as a result of the unfair insurance practices. The fine was laid down by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well…

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