Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, June 06, 2014 12:00 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Staged car accidents are a nationwide problem, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:04 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Halloween will make roads and sidewalks busier than usual. Follow these tips to avoid auto scares this fright night.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:27 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Driving an SUV or pickup may keep you safer in a car crash, but the damage caused could equal higher insurance rates.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The issue of unintended acceleration has hit the news again and this time it has nothing to do with Toyota cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has begun a preliminary evaluation of the Ford Taurus, 2001-2006, and the Mercury Sable, 2001-2004, after receiving 14 complaints from owners of the cars unexpectedly accelerating.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:36 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Don’t want to hang up and drive your car? The feds are pushing automakers to make sure you do. Numerous studies have shown that drivers are very worried about other drivers causing a car accident because they are distracted by their phone or the array of “infotainment” gadgets in their cars, but they continue to

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The leading cause of death for teens aged 16-19 are car accidents, and it’s long been known that having passengers in the car increases the risk of a car crash, but two new studies explain how they increase crash risk. The pair of studies, from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, and State Farm, were

Wednesday, January 04, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Forty percent of drivers polled in a recent Consumer Reports study are delaying key repairs and maintenance on their cars. The nonprofit says that the delay can increase their risk of a safety issue that can lead to a car accident. Ignoring necessary repairs can also result in larger, more costly problems later. Delays in

Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:54 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

While dying in a car crash is still the leading cause of death for Americans in most age groups, traffic fatalities have dropped to historic lows, according to data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA. According to the agency’s fatality and injury data for 2010, there were 32,885 deaths, the

Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, and while I enjoyed the plentiful features and pleasant driving experience of this car, there was one feature I found myself grateful for every time I got behind the wheel — the seven-inch display located in the top of the center stack

Saturday, October 29, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

While Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for kids, it’s also one of the most dangerous thanks to the number of pedestrians and cars on the road. Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to

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