Your car is as safe as it’s ever been. Every vehicle on the road is a miracle of ultra-high strength materials and impressive computing power, working together to protect you like a cocoon as you drive.
Today’s cars are so safe that recent research found that in Great Britain, no driver or passenger had been killed in a Volvo XC90 SUV since it came out in 2002.
So why have road deaths in the US increased in each of the past three years? And why does The Zebra’s latest State of Auto Insurance ...
Think of all the choices you make on a regular basis:
What should I wear today?
Try a new restaurant or stick to an old favorite?
How should I vote in the midterm elections? New indie movie or the latest from Marvel?
How do I allocate my 401(k)?
Some of those decisions are bigger than others. But they all bounce around your brain until you take some sort of action. They all have consequences. And they’re all influenced by some factors that might surprise you.
Like most people, I think I’m a pretty good driver. And the numbers back me up on that. The only two tickets I’ve got in years came, by some cosmic coincidence, in the same week back in 2013. And the only “wreck” I’ve been involved in during that time came when someone gently bumped me from behind in a drive-through lane.
So why should my car insurance rates be taken from a pool that includes terrible drivers? Where’s the fairness in that?
Every time your phone rings or you open your email, there’s a dark threat looming in the background: scammers.
Scammers are a real and growing problem. The Better Business Bureau added 47,567 known scams to their online Scam Tracker database in 2018, nearly 5% more than the previous year. And the latest estimates from the Federal Trade Commission say that Americans lost nearly $1 billion to scammers in 2017.
And there’s a group that’s particularly at risk: seniors.
Buying a new car is the perfect opportunity to shop around for insurance. You're going to need to show proof of insurance before you drive your new baby off the lot, so why not try to save a few bucks at the same time?
To help you determine whether you're getting a good deal, The Zebra has created a formula called APPP: Annual Premium as Percentage of Price.
Everyone has to have car insurance, but it doesn't always have to be expensive. You know about the most obvious ways to save, like keeping a good driving record and paying attention to your claims history. But The Zebra has combed through the thousands of potential risk factors to uncover a few that you might not know about. With these in mind, you might just find a little extra money in your monthly budget.
1. Improve Your Credit Score
A lot of people don't like insurance companies using cre...
People do crazy things behind the wheel. We all know this. You probably saw something today that you thought was nuts. But what's the worst thing you can do, at least as far as your insurance company is concerned? What's the driving violation that'll drive your insurance rates up the most?
Most people wouldn’t think that negotiating the details of a new contract in a conference room compares with freeing American hostages in the jungles of the Philippines. But Chris Voss, one of the few people who has done both, says they’re more similar than you might think.
Since the beginning of auto racing, the stars of the sport have been the drivers, whose skill and fearlessness make them internationally famous and fabulously wealthy. But what happens as the world moves closer to self-driving cars? Will racing be the same without these daredevils behind the wheel?
The humble mouthguard—that C-shaped piece of plastic that protects an athlete’s teeth—has remained relatively unchanged for the past 60 years. But today, the most unassuming part of a football player’s gear is poised for a technological makeover that would place it squarely in the middle of the most important phases of the game.
Mouthguards won’t look too different from the outside, but they may soon gain the ability to help assess head injuries, tell you when you’re becoming dehydrated, or e...
Not long after the Dallas Cowboys debuted the NFL’s largest video board at their new stadium in 2009, the Houston Texans rolled out an even bigger screen. Then the Jacksonville Jaguars went even bigger at their new venue, throwing in an in-stadium swimming pool as a bonus. The building of NFL stadiums has become an arms race, but architect Dan Meis is calling for a de-escalation. Maybe, he says, the future of stadiums means less is more.
Meis knows first-hand what that arms race looks like. H...
In just four years in the NFL, Houston Texans defensive end J. J. Watt has become professional football’s most physically dominant force. He’s the first player ever to twice record 20 or more quarterback sacks in a single season. Today, Watt is a 6′5″, 289-pound tower of power, but trainer Brad Arnett remembers the skinny high school sophomore who first walked into his Waukesha, Wisconsin, gym 10 years ago. Arnett applied exercise science and old-school techniques to transform Watt into Andre...
The two clues that foretold Tom House's future as a quarterback specialist emerged way back in the late 1980s. The first came with the footballs that he used as pitching coach of the Texas Rangers, pointing out in his quiet voice that throwing with proper mechanics was the only way to produce a tight spiral.
Then came the cameras that could capture high-speed video of pitchers—and fly fishermen, golfers, and quarterbacks. House was curious about all of them. He sent footage to a lab to be dig...