Summer Driving Tips

 

An Auto Insurance Update

Summer is here, and many families are planning that great summer road trip.  Whether you are planning a day trip or a longer weeklong adventure, it is important to be prepared before you hit the road.  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) statistics reveal that more fatal traffic crashes occur over the summer months than over the winter months.

Summer Driving Tips

If you have teen drivers, make sure they have taken driver safety training.

Never use your phone while driving.

When on a long drive, take frequent breaks.

Roads become very slippery in the first few minutes of rainfall because the rain mixes with the oil and dirt on the road. It takes about 30 minutes of steady rain to wash the oil and dirt off the road.

If your car is due for a tune-up, oil change, battery check, or tire rotation, now is the time to get it done.

Use seats belts every trip, all the time.

Traffic laws vary by state, so it is important to follow traffic signs.

Pack extra water and supplies in case of an emergency.

Drive at a safe speed. Speeding increases the likelihood and severity of a crash.

Auto Insurance

It will be important to have an auto insurance update before you go. Laws vary from state to state, and when it comes to your auto insurance, it is important to have the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.

New Car Shopping? Think About Auto Insurance Too  

 New Car Shopping? Think About Auto Insurance Too

 Auto Insurance

 Are you in the market for a new low-cost car? Before you head off to the showroom, you may want to determine which cars are the least expensive to insure. There are many low-cost autos on the market which are very popular. If you are in the market for a fuel-efficient, low-cost auto, here are some items to consider.

Auto Liability Coverage pays for medical damages and funeral expenses for any people injured or killed in an accident for which you were responsible.  Auto Property Damage covers damage you do to a third party. Auto Physical Damage covers comprehensive and collision. A collision is designed to get your car repaired if you hit an object. Comprehensive Coverage covers your vehicle in the event of damage or loss from something other than a collision; this includes theft, vandalism, nature, animals.

Best Cars To Insure

Mazda CX-3.

Honda Pilot LX.

Fiat 500X Pop.

Nissan Frontier S.

Hyundai Tuscon SE.

Umbrella Insurance Offers Added Protection

 

Umbrella Insurance Offers Added Protection

A Personal Insurance Update

You have worked hard to build a good life for yourself and your family. You own a home, have two cars and a boat, and you might even have a second home. You have also built a financial future for your family with a 401k plan and other investments. One accident can wipe all that out by not having enough insurance.

A personal umbrella policy can protect your assets in the event of a major accident. A personal umbrella policy adds additional limits above your auto and home insurance policies. Let’s face it, litigation resulting from an accident can be costly to you. Think about this, you are having a holiday party, and someone goes home slightly drunk and cause an accident. Think you won’t get sued? Think again.  A lawsuit and all the related expenses could destroy your financial security, but a personal umbrella policy could protect you.

Take some time to add up all your personal assets including; your home, investments, 401k plan, future income, and the value of your personal property. All these are exposed to the possibility to be taken, if you are involved in costly litigation.

Is It Time For An Insurance Check-Up?

Your insurance needs change over time, so it is important to review your policies periodically to make sure they are up-to-date. Tragically, many people are not insured after devastating natural disasters. It’s never too late to do a homeowner’s insurance checkup before the next threat heads your way. This article highlights some important insurance coverage you should consider such as:

Earthquake Insurance

Flood Insurance

Wind Insurance

Steps To Help Secure The Right Coverage

Make sure your homes information is up to date. Your agent should shave to right square footage and replacement value.

Research the replacement cost for new construction in your area.

Have our agency provide you with coverage options for competitive insurance products.

Consider getting a “floater” to your home insurance policy. If you own valuable furs, jewelry, guns, collections, silverware, or artwork, a “floater” can cover the full value of those items. Consider adding building code or ordinance or law endorsement, which will help pay the higher cost of bringing plumbing, wiring, or other key systems up to current codes when rebuilding.

Why Are Your Auto Insurance Premiums Increasing?

An Auto Insurance Update

You may have noticed your auto premiums are increasing. In fact, auto rates are increasing all over the country. The reason for the increases are not what you may think. It is not because the insurance companies want to make more profit, it is due to the overwhelming number of accidents and the cost of these accidents. Most major auto insurers are paying out more in losses than they are taking in premiums.

The two contributing factors are the number of distracted driving accidents, and the cost of repairing newer, technologically sophisticated cars.
Distracted Driving

Distracted driving accidents are increasing in America due to the growing use of hand-held devices.  Too many people are interacting with their phones while driving. Phones and sophisticated dashboard technology are among some of the top activities that lead to accidents.

Driving while using a hand-held device increases the likelihood of a car accident by 400%.

Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near-crashes. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. The distraction occurred within three seconds prior to the vehicle crash!

Here is a link to a good article

Cost of Repairs Are Up Dramatically

Most new cars are designed with sophisticated technology that is expensive to repair.  Even the cost of bumpers has increased over 100% according to the Insurance Information Institute.  Today’s vehicles are equipped with expensive computers that control and monitor hundreds of features on the vehicle.  These computers are typically not repaired, but are replaced, which increases the total cost of the auto repair.

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72% of auto insurance in the United States is with just 10 companies. If you have not had us shop your auto insurance, now is the time.

There Are Many Ways to Get Discounts on Your Auto Insurance

An Auto Insurance Update

Everyone likes to get the best possible combination of price and coverage on their auto insurance.  For the most part, your auto insurance is based on your driving record and the type of vehicle insured.  There are a few things you can control when it comes to purchasing auto insurance.  Many insurers offer a variety of discounts that can affect your auto insurance premium savings.  Discounts may vary from insurer to insurer.

Good student discount. For teen drivers, this can save hundreds of dollars. Typically, if your student maintains an A or B average, the discount will apply.

Multi-policy discounts. Most insurance providers offer discounts to customers who carry more than one line of insurance with them.

Drivers education courses. Many insurers offer discount if drivers have taken driver’s education courses.

Military discount. Many insurers offer discounts for military service.

Equipment discounts. If your vehicle has special safety equipment, you may be eligible for discounts.

Call our office for more information on how these discounts may apply to your situation.

A Personal Insurance Guide

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

Items To Consider (you may need insurance for some of these)

Bought a new car or sold a car

Changed your marital status

Bought a boat, RV or ATV

Change of address

Welcomed a new baby into the family

Major inheritance

Have a new teen driver in the family

Child headed off to college

Purchased second home

Planned foreign travel

Started a home based business

I now drive my personal car for work

Personal Insurance

Review my insurance to make sure I have the right coverage

Take the time to read my insurance policies

Does my independent agent have all my correct information, including new phone number, address, and newly purchased property?

Make sure I have identity theft insurance

Do I have enough life insurance?

Do I need life insurance for my spouse?

There Are Proven Ways To Reduce Your Auto Insurance Premiums

Auto Insurance

When it comes to purchasing auto insurance, having options can be a very important way to save money. Putting money back in your pocket is one of our primary goals.  We know and understand the auto insurance market.  This allows us to provide you with the best possible combination of pricing, coverage and service.

Auto insurance rates differ from company to company, so it really pays to have us shop your insurance. Some markets offer better rates for trucks, RV and campers, while others can offer better rates for motorcycles.

How to reduce your auto premium

There are many things you can do to keep your auto rates at the lowest level possible.

Review your deductibles. According to the Insurance Information Institute, raising your deductible from $200 to $500 could reduce your Collision and Comprehensive costs by 15 to 20 percent.

Encourage your student driver to get the best grades possible. Most major insurance companies offer a discount for students in good academic standing.

Select a safe car. Check out which cars are popular with thieves and avoid them. Also, the more expensive the car, the higher the premiums.

Be a safe driver. The more accidents and tickets you have, the higher the premiums will be.

Purchase a car with an alarm or LoJack. LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System provides car owners with peace of mind knowing that if their vehicle is stolen, they have the best chance of getting it back.

Be loyal. Many auto insurance companies offer loyalty discounts if you stay with them over time.

Check for other auto insurance discounts. These might include taking safe driver courses, senior discounts and more.

You might be able to pay less for your car insurance premium and not even know it. So it pays to connect with us to review your insurance needs.

Are You Looking for Affordable Auto Insurance?

Everyone wants affordable auto insurance.  Therefore, it is wise to spend some time educating yourself to make intelligent decisions about your next auto insurance purchase.  You do not need to be an insurance expert to understand the fundamentals involved in auto insurance, but a basic understanding of common terms will definitely help you make an informed decision.  Too often people avoid all responsibility when it comes to buying their auto insurance—only to realize later that they have made a costly mistake.

An excellent way to start the auto insurance purchasing process is to look at the declarations page of your auto insurance policy.  There you will find the policy’s expiration date, premiums, coverage, and limits.  In addition, by selecting an independent insurance agent to shop the market for you, you will end up with better coverage and competitive pricing.

The Declarations Page

Policy Period – This is the specific time that the policy is valid. Some auto insurance policies have an annual renewal, while others have a six-month renewal.  Do not shop for auto insurance with a declarations page that shows that your policy period has expired.  That could cause you to be placed in a sub-standard market.  Show your agent the current declarations page.

Vehicles – Your vehicles will affect your physical damage premium. Make sure that you give the agent the correct vehicle identification number of all of your cars. This is usually found on your declarations page.

Drivers in the Household – Every resident relative with a driver’s license should be listed on the policy unless they have other insurance.

Liability Limits – These are the limits for bodily injury and property damage insurance. This is essential coverage and not a smart place to cut costs. This portion of your policy pays benefits to the party that you may have injured in an auto accident.  It also pays for the damage to their vehicle.

Physical Damage – This is your collision and comprehensive benefit. It is physical damage coverage for your automobiles. Your deductible selection will raise or lower the rate.

Ask your agent about discounts and options.  Learn all that you can, and you can help make your auto insurance more affordable.

 

Personal Umbrella Insurance

You’ve worked hard to earn your lifestyle. Consider adding additional liability protection to your Texas Auto, Home, Renters or Condo policy. Personal Umbrella Liability coverage added to your other policies can protect you, your spouse and any relatives living in your home. Let the staff at Heaton Bennett Insurance show you the value of an umbrella liability policy.

Umbrella Insurance Protection

Umbrella Insurance provides extra protection or limits above the liability insurance you currently have. Just as an umbrella protects you from heavy rain, an umbrella insurance policy protects you from losing the entirety of your wealth and assets in the event of a claim. Umbrella insurance can provide limits above your business insurance, personal auto and home policies.

Umbrella insurance provides broad insurance beyond traditional insurance. It provides additional liability coverage above the limits of your primary insurance policies. It can also provide coverage for claims that may be excluded by the primary policies

It is true that personal umbrella insurance may not be for business or individual, but if you are a business, wanting to protect your company’s resources, building financial resources for your future, are a professional, own your home, boat or recreation vehicle, you should consider an umbrella insurance policy.  Having the added protection of an umbrella insurance policy is coverage no one should go without. Call us today, for a free review.

High Net Worth Individuals

Do you own a boat, second home or have other expensive toys? Often high net worth individuals need higher liability limits to protect personal assets. A simple rule is, the more you own the greater risk you may have of losing it. The nice thing about an umbrella policy is that it is competitively priced. Usually, it costs about $300 per year for each $1,000,000 increment of insurance that you buy, and it can bring you great piece of mind.