November 15, 2013

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A boost for booster seats; most don't use insurance monitoring option

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(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

Majority of booster seats earn 'best bet'
More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute, which is funded by insurers, ranked 31 new models. Nineteen earned the top rating of "best bet," which means they correctly position a 4- to 8-year-old child to use the regular shoulder and lap belts in almost any car. Both booster seats with high backs and those without backs performed well.
The Associated Press


Insurance monitoring option widely unused

Nearly seven in 10 American motorists (69 percent) say they are better drivers than others, but most aren't benefiting from pay-as-you-drive car insurance, according to a report from InsuranceQuotes.com. The insurance-comparison site says that about two-thirds of drivers who sign up for pay-as-you-drive car insurance are saving money, but only about 1 percent of all drivers have signed up, and most Americans (58 percent) don't know what pay-as-you-drive car insurance is. The policies (such as "Snapshot" from Progressive, "Drivewise" from Allstate and "Drive Safe & Save" from State Farm) gather information about consumers' driving habits to help determine how much drivers pay for car insurance.
(South Florida) Sun Sentinel

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