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01 Jun 2017
Auto Claims is a National Issue auto insurance premiums

The Spike in Auto Claims is a National Issue

Personal auto insurance rate hikes are not keeping up with losses.

Motorists across the U.S. may (or may not) have noticed that their auto insurance premiums raised slightly last year. Despite the rise in premiums, reports conclude that the increase was still not enough, due to high catastrophe-related losses and unfavorable claims.

Over the last two years, personal auto underwriters faced, and still continue to face, adverse loss trends that drove higher claims costs. They include claims frequency jumps from more miles driven, more distracted driving, higher physical damage losses because of the more complex and sophisticated automobile parts, and higher bodily injury costs from more severe accidents. In short, the technology loaded in cars and more distracted drivers are causing a knock-on effect to insurance industries as well as their health and safety.

This issue is not just happening to individual policies. It’s a national issue echoed by just about every CEO of the large national auto carriers. Believe it or not, but State Farm reported a loss of $7 billion on its auto insurance underwriting in 2016. In 2015, the underwriting loss was $4.4 billion. State Farm is far from alone in seeing detrimental results in its auto insurance line. GEICO, Travelers, Allstate, The Hartford, and other insurers are also looking for ways to counter rising auto costs.

Before you renew your auto policy, talk to your insurer about the increased rate. Instead of seeing an unwelcome surprise as a premium, discuss the ways in which you can save, drive more carefully, and bundle insurance policies to save a few pennies.

Find out how CAV Insurance can help you secure a reliable and affordable auto insurance policy. Our trained experts are ready to help you and answer any and all questions you may have about the rising car insurance rates. For coverage in Wellesley Hills and neighboring cities in Massachusetts, contact us today.

25 May 2017
Make Sure That Your Home Is Properly Covered

Make Sure That Your Home is Properly Covered

Home insurance protects your home from covered perils, so it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure it is insured to the best of your ability. 

Your home is likely the greatest investment you have made in your entire life, as it is for most people, so it is of the utmost importance that you protect it with the right home insurance policy. Your home insurance policy should be updated every time there is an improvement, major purchase, or increased rebuilding costs. To make sure that your home is properly covered for all perils, take these homeowners insurance recommendations into consideration.

  1. Do you have enough insurance to rebuild your home?
    Let’s imagine one of the worst-case scenarios and say that your cat accidentally knocked over a candle and your home was completely burnt to a crisp. (If you are worried about the cat in this imaginary scenario, let’s just say you and your cat made it out unscathed!) You have to think of the costs for clean-up, raw materials, and then construction. You need to insure your home for costs of complete reconstruction.
  2. Do you have insurance to protect your things?
    Let’s go off that same scenario. Your home has been fully reconstructed, but it is empty. What about your things? (And your cat’s things?) Homeowners insurance generally covers 50 to 70 percent of the amount of insurance you have on your policy. So if you have $100,000 in coverage, your home insurance company will provide $50,000 to $70,000 towards your things.
  3. Do you have insurance to cover your additional living expenses? 
    If your home was burnt to a crisp, where will you and your cat stay while it is being constructed? While it may not be Rome, it still won’t be built in a day. Home insurance can cover your expenses for living elsewhere until your home is ready.

Home insurance is a policy that need not be taken lightly. For all of your insurance questions and needs, contact CAV Insurance today.

18 May 2017
Get Wet, Not Killed: Boating Safety Tips

Boating Safety Tips

Boating is supposed to be an incredibly fun and memorable experience, but it can only be so when you keep safety in mind.

Even if you are as experienced a captain as Captain Nemo, it is always a good idea to review boating safety rules before you hit the water. The best way to remain calm and remember the safety tips is to go over them as much as possible. If you want to protect yourself and those aboard your vessel, it is important that you consider the following safety tips.

  1. Be Aware of the Weather
    You absolutely must be aware of the weather before you go out on the water. You can check your phone, online, and your TV to get a good forecast of your local weather. If you get to your boat and you see dark clouds, feel sudden drops in temperature, and notice changing winds, play it safe and get off the water.
  2. Develop a Float Plan
    Always make sure to let someone know you are going boating before you head out to sea. You need to develop a Float Plan. A good plan includes the following information:
    • Boat type and registration information
    • Name, address, and phone number of the boat owner
    • Trip itinerary
    • Name and phone number of all passengers
    • Alternative forms of communication like Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon
  3. Always Wear Lifejackets
    Most drowning victims are the result of them not wearing their life jacket. Make sure that your family and friends don’t become another statistic by giving each member onboard a lifejacket that properly fits them. Make it a rule that they wear it all times when aboard the sea vessel.

Boat insurance can protect you from such dangers in terms of property and liability, but it’s best to do what you can to avoid any issues. For all of your insurance questions and needs, contact CAV Insurance today.

11 May 2017
How to Pick the Right Life Insurance Policy

How to Pick the Right Life Insurance Policy

When it comes to something as important as your loved ones’ financial security if you die, make sure that you take these tips into consideration to ensure you pick the right life insurance policy. 

Life insurance is a policy that provides your loved ones with a lump sum of money called a death benefit in the event of your death. But for many people, choosing a life insurance policy can be quite the hectic adventure. There is a lot that rides on your decision, and if you choose incorrectly, it will be your loved ones that face the consequences. Make sure that you choose the right life insurance policy with these tips.

  1. Know the Two Types of Life Insurance
    ∆ Term Life Insurance – Term life insurance, as the name suggests, only lasts for a limited term. The terms usually go from 5-30 years and this policy is typically the least expensive life insurance option. Term life, however, does not hold any value outside of the death benefit.
    ∆ Whole Life Insurance – Again, much can be learned from the name of the policy. Whole life insurance will cover you for your entire life, as long as you pay all your premiums on time. While a bit pricier than term life, whole life accrues cash value that can be used, should you reach retirement and decide that paying the premiums is not something you want to continue doing.
  2. Know How Much Life Insurance You Need
    In order for your family to be fully financially protected, you have to consider your monetary value to them at the moment. You have to consider the mortgage, car payments, credit card debt, student loans, future children tuition, and other child-related costs and things for which you pay.

Life insurance is an incredibly important policy; a policy that requires much thought and consideration in order to protect your loved ones. For all of your insurance questions and needs, contact CAV Insurance today.

04 May 2017
How to Make Your Teen a Better Driver

How to Make Your Teen a Better Driver

If you want your teen to be as safe as possible when they drive, make sure that you take these tips into consideration. 

Putting your teenager, the child you have been raising since before they could speak, behind the wheel of a car is a very nerve-racking experience. Teenagers are three times more likely to get into a car accident than those aged 20 and older. Luckily for you and parents everywhere, there are a few things that you can do to help prepare them for the road. Before they spread their wings and leave the nest, or house rather, take these tips on how to make your teen a better driver.

Tip I: Drive with them when they acquire their permit. 

A study conducted by University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center found that there is a sharp decline in accidents for individual teenagers who drove 110 hours with supervised driving before getting their licenses. The risk of accident for rookie drivers is far greater than the veteran driver.

Tip II: No phones when they drive. 

We all know the law: No texting and driving. Irresponsibly, however, we all break the law, even adult drivers. Teens should keep their phones in the center console on silent as to not draw their attention. Children learn by example, so be a role model and do not fiddle with your phone when you are behind the wheel.

Tip III: Limit the passenger count when they drive. 

They will have to learn how to drive with passengers in the car, but when they are still learning, limit that teenage passenger friend to one, and increase it by increments of one once they learn how to tune out distracting teenage ruckus.

Your kids will be independent one day and it’s your job to help them prepare them for the toughness of the adult world. For quality auto insurance that will keep you, your teen, and your car protected from all covered perils, contact CAV Insurance today.