Archive for August, 2012
Auto insurance quotes can vary greatly as they depend on numerous factors. Some of these factors are more obvious while other may raise an eyebrow in customers who don’t share the insurance providers’ logic. And some of these factors may even seem a bit discriminatory. Such is the status of driver’s age, which is a topic for heated debate between customers and insurers. The thing is that depending on your age only you can get very different auto insurance quotes while choosing the same amount of coverage for the same car. At times the discrepancy can be double the amount, so it really gives a headache to certain groups of drivers who are unfortunate to be of a certain age. But before you start arguing with your provider it is recommended to learn why exactly it is so.
Insurers regard the driver’s age as a determining factor for their driving skills and experience. This link is based on the statistical data accumulated throughout the decades and thousands of auto insurance claims settled. The rule of thumb is that the older is the driver the less likely he or she is to produce an accident due to the accumulated driving experience. Of course, as with any rule there are many exceptions, and there is also a point when age starts to deliver a negative effect on driving skills. But since the majority of distinct age group representatives correspond to this rule, auto insurance providers charge people differently depending on their age.
The most vulnerable group of drivers in this perspective are the teens aged below 25 years. According to general statistics, young drivers tend to be more aggressive in traffic and produce more accidents due to lack of skills and experience. That’s why they always get the highest auto insurance quotes. Another vulnerable group is comprised of the elderly drivers aged over 65. At that point people start developing conditions that decrease their reaction speed and awareness, so more accidents are produced because of that. Still, while getting high auto insurance quotes, senior drivers usually get good discounts from insurance providers to neglect the negative financial impact of costly insurance.
The group that benefits the most from their age are adult drivers aged between 30 and 55. It is the most productive period of life for many people when enough experience is accumulated for being a safe driver. But as previously mentioned, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all drivers of that age are perfect drivers. And there may be other factors involved rather than age when calculating auto insurance quotes for them.
Driving is a privilege. When you do something to have your license revoked it is usually a game changer. You might feel trapped, as if you are no longer independent. Yes, you can ride the bus, walk, ride a bike, or ask friends and family to get your form here to there. By the time you have the chance to get your license back you are ready to do almost anything.
You will probably have paid a hefty fine, and may even need to take a safe driving course. (The safe driving course should help you secure relatively cheap car insurance.) For most states, the ‘almost anything’ is proof of liability insurance. You will probably need proof of insurance in order to get your license re-instated even if you no longer own a car. Generally, you will need to carry that insurance for at least 3 to 5 years despite not owning a vehicle. In that time you are required to buy a non-owners car insurance policy , sometimes called a SR-22. SR-22 is the document that some states require you to carry at all times when you are driving, along with your license.
Most insurance companies sell non-owners policies. They usually go to people who have lost their license, or someone who travels a lot and uses rental cars, borrowed vehicles, or vehicles they do not own for several days a month or multiple weeks per year.
Non-owners auto insurance policies are a liability policy. You are insured for any damage to property or to a person that you inflict resulting from a collision you caused. Like all auto insurance you pick the maximums you think are best for your situation. Remember that liability limits mean that is the maximum dollar amount that the insurance company will pay for a claim, not the maximum amount awarded, or total costs of an accident. If you choose a policy that has maximums below the actual costs, what you own privately may be used for compensation to the injured parties.
SR-22 or non-owners policy is not a collisions policy. It does not cover the cost of repair to the car that you were driving. Nor do they cover an automobile that is registered in your name or one that the owner’s residence is the same as yours.
If you recently re-gained your license and is ready for a cheap car insurance purchase, ask if the companies you are reviewing line with the SR-22 requirements of your state.
Reasons For Volunteering
Many thousands of people all around the world choose to give up some of their spare time to help charities and causes close to their hearts. There are all sorts of ways people can volunteer, and for many, the tangible and immediate difference their efforts make to their chosen organisation is really appealing. Its not just about helping out at the latest fundraiser however, there are many other reasons that people volunteer:
Getting to know people in your local community.
Volunteering often allows you to meet and work alongside like-minded people in your local community. Working for a particular cause means that you are very likely to meet others who share your interests. Very close friendships are formed through volunteering… and some even find romance!
Improving your local area.
If you volunteer locally particularly with environmental and community charities there are often very tangible benefits right on your own doorstep.
Volunteering helps to build the sort of communities we want to live in.
Learning new skills and developing existing ones.
The skills you learn volunteering can often be applied in other areas of your life. It also allows you to use your existing talents and abilities in new, creative and interesting ways. It also helps to develop your confidence and social skills.
Improving your employability.
Volunteering looks great on your CV. As well as demonstrating an altruistic side to your character it shows get up and go. Volunteering can help people to gain some really valuable experience this can provide something different and interesting to talk about at an interview. This is particularly useful for young people and students. Its not just for those new to the workforce however. Volunteering looks good whatever your position in a company or level of experience. Employers are looking for people with passion. Being able to talk passionately about a project you have been working with can make a real difference.
Its often forgotten how much fun volunteering can be. This is important for all charity groups to remember. Keep it fun and keep your volunteers happy!
So there you are there are always loads of volunteering opportunities out there: just waiting for someone like you. What are you waiting for?