There has long been talk of changing the laws regarding younger driver in an attempt to improve safety on the roads and now it seems that the UK Government has finally announced its intention to implement such rules. For many years it has been a known fact that younger drivers are at a higher risk of becoming involved in a road accident and the suggested new rules will aim to considerably reduce this risk. What Will The New Rules Be? It is important to note that the suggested new rules are simply proposals and it has not yet been decided which, if any, of the suggestions will be implemented. The proposed restrictions for new drivers include: – The introduction of a minimum amount of time that a driver must spend as a learner before they are allowed to sit their practical driving test. – Learners would be allowed to take lessons on motorways to ensure that all learners are prepared for motorway driving once they have passed their test. – Enabling learners to have … [Read more...] about Guest post: New Rules for Young Drivers to Improve Safety & Reduce Premiums
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Mazda's Mid-Size Sedan Continues to Push Standards of ‘Segment Best'Completely redesigned as a 2014 model, Mazda6 entered the cutthroat mid-size sedan segment as a fresh-faced challenger only to exit as its fearless champion. Únexpected yet hardly a surprise, Mazda6 captured impressive awards such as being named 'Car of the Year' by Popular Mechanics and a '10Best' by Car and Driver, among others. While 2015 may be a carryover year for Mazda6, there is no slowing down in the fast lane as the vehicle receives updates to select features and packaging options.'The mid-size sedan segment is one of the largest segments in terms of sales volume, meaning automotive manufacturers tend to put their best foot forward in terms of technology, performance and design,' said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). 'Because of such competition, Mazda6 needed to offer consumers and critics something beyond the smoke-shrouded gimmicks of some segment rivals. … [Read more...] about 2015 Mazda 6
Chances are that someone reading this post just paid a large medical bill, either through having to meet the deductible their insurance company imposes on them, or because of a large hospital bill, or because their drugs are expensive. Is that you? If it is, you’ll be pleased to hear that the companies that just bilked you of your hard-earned cash are doing great, thanks to the class warfare tax bill passed by the GOP last year. Axios’ Bob Herman on Friday calculated the savings that healthcare companies have seen so far this year based on the changes in the bill. As Herman notes, this “rerouted billions of dollars from the federal treasury into the bank accounts of health care companies and Wall Street investors.” Neat! The numbers, per Axios: UnitedHealth Group: $1.1 billion Bristol-Myers Squibb: $463 million Johnson & Johnson: $430 million Gilead: $413 million Biogen: $118 million Universal Health Services: $92 million Hey, UnitedHealth! … [Read more...] about Healthcare Companies Saved Billions From the GOP’s Class Warfare Tax Bill
Last week, we asked you to send in details of the insurance plans you purchased on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. We received more than 70 messages, mostly all with the same theme: This shit is too expensive, and it sucks. Although some people felt their plans were pretty affordable, the vast majority did not. We heard from many people who knew they had to buy something, but also knew the plan they could afford wouldn’t provide enough coverage if they actually needed it. We also heard from people who had to choose a worse plan this year to be able to afford it, and people with serious health problems who were terrified of how to pay for their care. All premiums noted are monthly. Entries edited for length are marked with brackets, and the names of the respondents have been removed. Otherwise, each entry appears as it was received. The Highest Premiums Premium: $1,300, for two people State: Iowa At this point we’re just relieved we can (barely) afford insurance again. … [Read more...] about ‘I’m Drowning’: Your Stories of Buying Healthcare for 2019
You should worry more about your driving skills rather than the color of your car. See more pictures of sports cars. Photolink/PhotoDisc/Getty Images So, you've just driven up in your brand new sports car. It's a beauty. Clean, shiny -- and a luscious candy apple red. As you step out of your new ride your neighbor walks your way. "Nice car," he says. But he adds, with a knowing look: "It's a mighty shame. That beautiful red is going to drive up your insurance rate." As you spend more time with your new car, you hear that same sentiment more and more. For your part, you're furious that you're going to be punished just for having a red car. The good news is that the idea of the color of your car increasing your insurance rate is a common, but ultimately false, misconception [source: Insurance.com]. In fact, when insurance companies get the information for your car, it's typically through the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN tells your company the make, model and year … [Read more...] about How does the color of your car affect your insurance rate?