My neighbor’s daughter is the text messaging queen.
She received and sent 68 messages in a one hour period the other day.”
I was quite impressed. She could hold a full-fledged conversation with the people in the room while madly typing on her cell phone with one hand. I was ready to sign up to take lessons. Thankfully, she is not in this group of Techno Drivers. It takes me an eternity to eek out a mere sentence. To me, it is so much easier to make the call and talk to the person; I don’t understand this generations fixation with cell phones and the need to constantly text.
I have had a cell phone for almost 20 years now. My sister finally convinced me to get a hands-free earpiece. Great investment if you use your phone a lot, especially if you are driving in states that ban cell phone use.
I recall reading an article in SOCO magazine a few months back about saving gas. The author suggested that by reducing speed and driving 5 MPH under the posted speed limit, you could save considerable fuel. What a farce I thought. No way could you save that much by slowing down that little. Who in today’s high-speed society is going to drive that slowly?
I was on a road trip recently, so I decided to test this off the wall theory myself. The following numbers are from highway driving on flat roads with moderate traffic. When I drove the 65 MPH speed limit, I got 24 MPG. I slowed to 60 and got 26 MPG. Big deal I thought two whole miles per hour. Then I increased to 70, 75, & 80 and got 22, 20 and 16 MPG, respectively. Now that is a big difference!
Many people renew their Massachusetts auto insurance policy without even giving it a second thought. This is particularly true for those who may be on an automatic draft program where premiums are deducted from a checking account or paid via a credit card. While there are convenience and savings benefits to auto-pay, it can lead to complacency. Rates may even be edging upward without you being aware of it. This is why it may be a good time to Review Your Massachusetts Auto Insurance Policy.
Before your insurance policy renews is a good time to review your Massachusetts auto insurance and take advantage of ways you can save on your coverage.
If you are in the market to buy a new or used car – pay attention! Hurricane Sandy destroyed or damaged THOUSANDS of cars. The market is now “flooded” with these “fixed-up/cleaned-up” cars. After these vehicles were declared totaled, the cars can be sold off as salvage. In many cases, these cars can be fixed up and cleaned up and resold on the market. Be very careful… these cars can be a ticking time bomb. Many companies will not even insure a vehicle with a salvage title. You may be in for a rude awakening when you go to register and insure your vehicle.
What to look for and how to spot damage:
1. Sniff around the interior of the vehicle – including the trunk to see if it smells musty or moldy. If you smell excessive air fresheners or cleaners, it is a tip-off as well.
2. Look for rust. Check the door hinges and hood brackets for rust.
3. Look under the hood for water lines or stains. Check the cloth material underneath the hood itself for water marks.
4. Peel back the carpet and look for rust or debris
5. Take it for a test drive. If it doesn’t feel right or is sluggish walk away.
6. Have it inspected by a service technician.
7. Check the vehicle history report – carfax.com or vehiclehistory.gov
Hurricane Sandy vehicles are showing up throughout the country. Be cautious of extra good deals and be careful who you deal with. You don’t want to get stuck with a submarine!
We’ve listened to your requests and we’re excited to announce that we will accept new payment options. Plymouth Rock will now accept payment by credit and debit cards from all customers 24 hours a day via phone and via eServices.
Credit Card/Debit Card Payments
Their new credit and debit card payment options provide even more payment flexibility. Credit and debit card payments can be processed through:
- eServices. Customers can use their credit and debit cards to pay online by logging into their eServices accounts at plymouthrock.com.
- Customers can also pay online via eServices from a mobile device, using the same method as the last payment made using eServices from a computer.
- By phone via their new automated telephone payment services (see separate section below).
They will also continue to accept electronic withdrawals from a checking or savings account.
Automated Telephone Payment Services
Plymouth Rock customers will have even more choices that let them make payments anytime, anywhere, and now, from any phone. Our new 24-hour automated telephone payment services offer customers the ability to enter a policy number and:
- Obtain billing information.
- Make a payment (via credit card, debit card or one-time withdrawal from a checking or savings account).
- Get agent contact information.
The automated telephone payment services system has both touch-tone and voice response capability. When customers call the toll-free number at 866-353-6292, they will be given the option to obtain information or make a payment before requesting assistance from a Customer Service representative. Customers can make more than one payment by phone on the same day.
Flexibility and Advantages for You and Your Customers
Plymouth Rock now offers more convenient ways to pay than ever before:
- Four easy-to-use payment methods: check, electronic withdrawal, credit card and debit card.
- Four convenient payment channels: from a computer, from a mobile device, by phone, and by mail.
There is no additional fee for customers to use any of their payment methods. All payment methods are available to both new and renewing customers. Credit and debit card payments also provide quick and convenient alternatives to help prevent a lapse in coverage for customers who may receive a Notice of Intent to Cancel.
Despite a texting ban in 35 states, researchers at NHTSA found that 71% answer phone calls and another 41% make phone calls while driving. Some liken it to drinking and driving. The survey showed that nearly half of all drivers 21-24 have thumbed though texts and emailed while driving. Bottom line – it is dangerous for you and everyone else on the roads. Is it really that important not to wait until you pull over? What did we ever do without cell phones? Please drive safely!
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a top-10 list of the most frequently stolen vehicles in the United States.
For 2010, the most frequently stolen vehicles are as follows:
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1995 Honda Civic
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 1999 Chevrolet Pickup
- 1997 Ford F150 Series
- 2004 Dodge Ram
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1999 Ford Taurus
Older vehicles are stolen primarily for valuable spare parts, according to the NICB.
The report indicates that overall incidents of vehicle theft are down, mainly due to improved anti-theft technology. In fact, the FBI projects that 2010 saw the lowest rate of vehicle thefts since 1967.