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When it came to company vehicles and employee drivers, Green Landscaping Co. (a pseudonym) did a lot of things right. The vehicles were maintained on a set schedule, their employees were all subject to biennial motor vehicle record reviews and every truck was outfitted with a telematics device that reports the vehicle’s location and speed. READ MORE >>

The kids are driving. They want their own cars, yet you want to help them as much as you can as they establish themselves. The easiest remedy? Keep them on your auto insurance policy until they can afford insurance on their own, right? Consider these important factors when evaluating whether to continue providing coverage through your own auto policy. READ MORE >>

A personal lines umbrella policy creates an extra layer of protection for you against very large claims when you may be financially liable for a loss or injury to someone else. A personal umbrella policy doesn’t cover everything, so it’s important to clarify with your agent what triggers your insurance. READ MORE >>

A standard auto policy—known as actual cash value—will typically pay to repair or replace your car minus depreciation. But increasingly, “new car” and “better car” replacement options and gap insurance are available. Are they worth it? READ MORE >>

It’s been a long, cold winter across most of the country, but spring is finally going to be here. This is a good time to get your car back into shape after a tough season facing frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and now potholes.    RELATED: Read Potholes - The Car Killer    READ MORE >>

After a car accident, paying the deductible part of the repair bill is often painful. Writing it off on your taxes can reduce at least a little of the pain. Federal tax law does allow you to take a deduction for the accidental damage or theft of your car. Given the limits on the write-off, though, you may not have much success claiming it. READ MORE >>

When you have an insurance claim, the last thing you want to discover is that you didn't buy the right coverage. While it's easy to point the finger at agents, coverage gaps could be a two-way street. Sometimes friends and family members offer bad advice, including tenuous, illogical and even illegal strategies, hoping to save you a few bucks. READ MORE >>

The role of cell phones in our society faces greater scrutiny in recent years, particularly when it comes to the world of driving. Distracted driving can happen in a number of ways, but smartphones are often behind a case of distracted driving more often than not. READ MORE >>

Thinking about shopping for a new car? Then you’ll want to check out what vehicles are considered the safest to buy. From small cars and sedans to SUVs and large luxury vehicles, you’ll find 62 of the 2018 models deemed safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). READ MORE >>

Ruts are a common winter annoyance. When drivers get stuck on snowy roads, their wheels spin deep down into the snow pack, leaving the streets scattered with deep divots for the rest of us to navigate around. You’re likely to find ruts on less-traveled roads or side streets – especially near hills and curves, where drivers are more likely to get stuck. READ MORE >>

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