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Understanding Your Auto Insurance Coverage

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Most of us value our vehicles, and we purchase auto insurance to protect them against damage or loss. States also mandate the minimum amounts of insurance coverage drivers must carry to use their roads. But let's face it, the wording found in the average policy can be confusing. Knowing what your auto insurance policy covers is important, and most notably when you've been involved in an accident and your car is at the…
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Consumer Conficence in Self Driving Cars is Declining


Automotive companies currently in the race to develop self-driving cars may be zealously committed to perfecting the technology, but a 2018 study revealed that most drivers are having second thoughts about taking their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel.

Conducted by Cox Automotive in May, the Evolution of Mobility Study on Autonomous Vehicles showed that 84% of respondents "want the option to drive themselves even in a self-driving vehicle,” while the…
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Fewer Americans Embrace Self-Driving Technology



From Mike Brennan
MiTechNews:

Fewer Americans are embracing self-driving car technology following high-profile incidents involving Uber and Tesla vehicles, reports Cox Automotive.

Consumers’ interest in automatic braking and other autonomous features is high, but drivers view self-driving cars as less safe compared to a similar survey conducted two years ago. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would never own a fully-autonomous car, known in the industry as a Level 5 vehicle. Two years ago, 30…

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State Police Step up DUI Enforcement

From now until the early morning hours of Jan. 2, Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting increased DUI, speeding, and distracted driving patrols as a part of the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday enforcement period.

Roadside safety checks and seat-belt enforcement zones will also be more frequent.

In 2017, more than 1,000 motor vehicle crash fatalities occurred in Illinois; in 2016, 1,078…

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How to Clean Your Vehicle's Safety Sensors of Snow and Ice


As snow, ice, or salt grime gathers on cars this winter, many of the sensors that are key to the operation of advanced safety systems can become blocked and shut down.

Take, for example, forward-collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. These life-saving features rely on radar sensors that are often mounted in the car's grille—sometimes even in the car's emblem—or on its front bumpers. When these sensors can…

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62 Models Meet Criteria to Earn IIHS Awards

Just 15 vehicles qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS after the requirements were strengthened to include good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.

Another 47 vehicles earn the Top Safety Pick award, which now requires acceptable or good headlights. In contrast, headlights weren't factored in for 2017 Top Safety Pick, and an acceptable headlight rating was enough to bump a 2017 award winner into "plus…

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Gap Insurance - What You Need to Know About This Dealer Add-On


Consumer advocates loathe the add-ons that auto dealers often try to shoehorn into vehicle purchases. They see most of the extra fees as pointless ways of gouging customers. Indeed, if the dealer talks you into fabric protection, you could be shelling out something like $200 just to have the dealership spray down the interior with a $5 bottle of Scotchgard. While many dealer add-ons are pointless and should be tossed off the final purchase agreement…

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Advantages of a Clean Driving Record on Auto Insurance

A better driver will always pay less for car insurance. An agency will look at an applicant's driving record for any past mistakes or traffic violations. If they do not find any and if the applicant has a solid driving experience they will offer the best prices possible. Clients should note that the driving record is not the only thing that counts.

Agencies will prefer an applicant who has a safe vehicle and a…

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Take the Car Insurance Quiz


If you're looking for car insurance, make sure you're armed with the most information about the discounts that you qualify for. Money expert Matt Granite has several statistics that can help you save in the car insurance game.

A car insurance policy can consist of multiple parts, each paying for a different type of problem. If you don’t understand all the parts, you might not know what your current policy covers. And…
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'Magic Glue' Could Provide Quick Reversible Bonding in Auto Body Shop


Researchers at the American Chemistry Council and Michigan State University have developed a 'magic glue' which could be cured, unbonded and rebonded in a manner of minutes and shows promise at the collision repair level.

The substance involves nanoparticle balls of iron dust inside of a polymer, according to a video from ACC's plastics arm.  Applying electric current causes them to vibrate and reach temperatures between 320-800 within seconds, but not so much the…
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