City of New York looks to Pay As You Drive Insurance to change driver behaviour

At the time of writing this blog post there is much less travelling taking place in New York. Icy cold weather and blizzards have brought traffic to a near standstill and closed airports in and around New York. This is however not a regular occurrence – usually traffic is hectic at the best of times…

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Increase your visibility to reduce road crashes

In South Africa an alarming number of road fatalities are the result of crashes into pedestrians. Both pedestrians and motorists should be held responsible – pedestrians,often intoxicated, for walking on the road surface and motorists for not slowing down in areas where they should expect to find pedestrian fatalities. We often find that motorists shrug…

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Does Car Insurance cover engine fire?

Yesterday, the day after Christmas, I travelled from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn and saw in the distance thick white smoke with traffic coming to a near standstill. On approaching the cause of the congested traffic my heart went out to a gentleman standing next to a vehicle that suffered severe damage from engine fire! I…

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Beijing limits vehicle registrations to reduce traffic congestion and pollution

On the 23rd of December we posted a story on the Road Safety Blog titled Vehicle navigation and car insurance can reduce both travel time and CO2 emissions. This post focused on the need to reduce CO2 emissions – and how vehicle navigation and insurance can help to reduce these CO2 emissions. I have come…

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Vehicle checks reveal alarming number of non roadworthy vehicles

Vehicle checks across South Africa have revealed that there are alarming numbers of vehicles on our roads that do not meet the requirements of roadworthiness! Information revealed on the 22nd of December: Almost four million vehicles and drivers have been stopped and checked, and more than 1.5 million fines issued for various traffic offences across…

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Protect lives by driving safely near the scene of an accident

Earlier this month 2 paramedics attending the scene of an accident were added to the long list of December road fatalities.It is especially sad when those who try to save lives are themselves threatened by irresponsible driving behaviour of motorists near accident scenes! The first hour after an accident is known as the Golden Hour…

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Texting while driving hurting the car insurance industry

Texting while driving contributes to many car crashes and car insurance claims. Unfortunately for the car insurance industry the truth will seldom be revealed as the drivers of these vehicles are unlikely to admit that they were texting at the time of the accident! Survey results from the US The US Insurance Research Council did…

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Hyundai, VW lead the insurance industry’s list of safest new vehicles

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia and German car maker Volkswagen lead the insurance industry’s annual list of the safest new vehicles, used by safety minded consumers looking to buy a new car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized 66 vehicles on Wednesday with its “top safety pick award” for the 2011 model year,…

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Will my car insurance pay if the accident is not reported to the police within 24 hours?

Decisions made by the Ombudsman reveal that car insurance companies will not easily evade their obligation to make payment in the event of late reporting of an accident. Even though there might be other legal implications for late notification, the Ombudsman will apply his mind to the insurance contract with a much broader view on…

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