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If your teen is approaching driving age, it may be time to start thinking about adding them to your auto insurance policy. Although this will likely increase your insurance premiums, it is typically cheaper than having your teen purchase an auto policy in their own name. Here are six tips to consider when adding a teen to your auto insurance policy.
 
  1. Be prepared for higher premium costs. On average, annual premiums increase when a teen is added...
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A catalytic converter is a device found in vehicles’ exhaust systems that converts environmentally hazardous exhaust into less harmful gasses. Though catalytic converters have been installed in every new vehicle since 1975, theft of these devices has skyrocketed in recent years due to the highly valuable precious metals they contain. This article discusses why catalytic converters get stolen and how vehicle owners can prevent their theft.

Why Catalytic Converters Get Stolen...

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May is Motorcyclist Awareness Month. With warmer weather, more motorcyclists will be on the road. This means surrounding drivers should increase awareness of their surroundings to help prevent accidents.

To help keep motorcyclists safe on the road while you’re driving your vehicle, follow these safety tips:

  • Check lanes twice before changing. Double-check to be sure you didn’t miss a motorcyclist who may have been in your blind spot.
  • Be...
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Spending money on gas is inevitable when you drive a vehicle. Although it’s hard to avoid spending money on gas, there are ways you can save the amount you’re spending. To start saving, practice the following gas-saving driving tips:

  • Avoid high speeds. As speed increases, so does aerodynamic drag, which can use cause more use of gas.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Keeping air pressure at maintained levels can improve your gas mileage.
  • Cut down on A/C use...
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It’s easy to become distracted while driving on the road. Winter weather can make roads slippery and hazardous, so it’s even more crucial you stay present while driving during the colder months. Follow these tips to prevent distractions while you’re on the road:

  • Avoid talking on your cellphone or texting while driving.
  • Never touch up your makeup or hair in the rearview mirror.
  • Limit your conversations with passengers and ask them to keep their voices down so...
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Winter driving can be dangerous—even more so if you’re on the road unprepared for a possible accident. While winter weather has the potential to leave you and your car stranded, a winter driving emergency kit could help you get back on the road or at least help keep you safe while waiting for help to come.

If you live somewhere where snow and ice are common, consider packing a safety kit for your vehicle. Winter driving emergency kits typically include:

  • Battery booster...
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Distracted driving occurs whenever you engage in an activity behind the wheel that takes your attention away from the road. Such activities can include using your cellphone, eating, drinking, plugging information into your GPS or adjusting the radio.

Think distracted driving isn’t a serious concern? Think again. According to the National Safety Council, more than 700 people are injured each day as a result of distracted driving crashes. Keep reading to learn what you can do to reduce...

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Regardless of the vehicle you drive, there are many ways to save money on gas. Try these tips to cut costs:

  • Join a gas station rewards program. Most gas station chains offer discounted gas prices through a customer rewards program or credit card tied to the chain. If you choose the card, use it solely for gas purchases and pay off the balance each month to maximize the rewards.
  • Use a gas price comparison tool. Use one of the many...
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Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating way to travel on the road. But doing so also comes with significant safety risks. Before you hit on the road on your motorcycle, review the following top causes of motorcycle accidents and safe driving tips.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Motorists fail to see riders when they are coming out of a driveway, making a left turn in front of an oncoming rider or when the motorcycle is in the driver’s “blind spot.”
  • Many...
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If a friend drives my car, is he or she covered by my policy? Since most insurance coverage is connected directly to the car, if someone else borrows your car occasionally, he or she should be covered under your policy. Yet, your premium is based on both your vehicle and the “primary” driver of that car—you. If someone else starts driving your car more than you do, contact us to have them added to your policy to avoid coverage complications.

If I borrow a...

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