Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, January 31, 2014 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Auto insurance companies brace for the financial impact of self-driving vehicles within the next decade.

Friday, November 29, 2013 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Internet use behind the wheel is growing, and youngsters aren’t the only ones at fault.

Friday, October 04, 2013 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Why don’t we use our turn signals? A new poll from Response Insurance uncovers our most popular excuses.

Friday, August 16, 2013 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

A renowned director hopes his gut-wrenching documentary will scare teens away from texting while driving.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Progressive says 4 in 10 drivers reject its Snapshot auto insurance monitoring program out of privacy concerns.

Friday, October 21, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you have kids of driving age, you worry about them every time they pull away from the house.  ”It’s not your driving, dear; it’s all the irresponsible ones out there, partying and texting and endangering society,” you assure them, secretly hoping your teen isn’t one of them. Travelers recently introduced a new auto insurance program

Saturday, October 01, 2011 10:54 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

It’s common sense that the larger and heavier a vehicle is, the more likely it is to cause injury or death to the occupants of any smaller cars it collides with. But, until recently, SUVs and pickup trucks were more likely than cars and minivans of the same weight to be involved in car accidents

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:35 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you drive an older car, especially one that’s eight years old or older, you might think it’s immune from theft. After all, who would want it? But old cars are much easier for car thieves to steal than newer models because they don’t have the theft-prevention features that are standard on all cars today.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 7:45 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Let me make a prediction: Our national addiction to talking on cell phones while driving will inevitably increase our auto insurance rates. What’s more, efforts to limit cell phone use to hands-free devices while driving will have limited impact on either public safety or cheaper car insurance. Allow me to explain. Cognitive psychologists Christopher Chabris

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 9:42 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Call me geek but I’m fascinated by car insurance. Insert here your pitying eye-roll, followed in close succession by “Why?” and “Don’t get out much, huh?” But two X factors separate car insurance from life insurance, health insurance and homeowners insurance: motion and emotion. Consider the car insurance underwriters at Progressive, Geico and State Farm.