Generations and Driving: We Aren’t So Different After All

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Wanting to drive and getting behind the wheel isn’t a thing of the past.  In fact, the Gen Zs of the world (ages 14 to 17) are excited about learning to drive. Actually, 89 percent to be exact.  The excitement Gen Zs feel about driving is very similar to the way Baby Boomers felt when they were asked about their early driving years.

Erie Insurance recently conducted a national survey* about generational driving habits. From being excited to drive, to what we’re doing behind the wheel, the survey uncovered similarities and differences across generations.  See the full results of the survey and watch the short video below highlighting what different generations are saying about driving and cars.

Video: IIHS Safest 2018 Cars

Thinking about shopping for a new car? Then you’ll want to check out what vehicles are considered the safest to buy.

From small cars and sedans to SUVs and large luxury vehicles, you’ll find 62 of the 2018 models deemed safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Each year the safety experts at the nonprofit research and education organization determine which vehicles do the best job of protecting people in the most common kinds of crashes—front, side, rollover and rear—based on ratings in IIHS evaluations. The current list of award winners is smaller than usual because IIHS raised the bar on its test criteria, adding passenger-side crash tests and headlight ratings to their list of considerations.

No minivans, pickups or minicars earned the highest award, Top Safety Pick+, and just 15 vehicles qualified, having good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes. Models from a wider range of vehicle types—47 in all— earned the second-tier award, Top Safety Pick, but no minicars made the cut in that category either.

Hyundai and Subaru lead the way
Leading the pack of manufacturers of the 15 Top Safety Pick+ vehicles are Hyundai Motor Company, which owns the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands and has six awards, and Subaru, which has four. Mercedes-Benz has two, while Toyota, BMW and Ford Motor Company have one each.

The frontrunner among the 47 second-tier award winners is Toyota Motor Corporation with 10 vehicles. Hyundai is the runner-up with nine.

IIHS has awarded Top Safety Pick honors to qualifying vehicles since the 2006 model year. It adjusts the list of winners throughout the year as it evaluates new models. Learn more about the vehicles that are in the winner’s circle by watching the video above or reading the source article at iihs.org.

Insurance Resolutions for the Best Year Yet

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We’ve pulled together some ways to make your life better for you and your family heading into the New Year. Check out our tips to make sure your home, car and family are better protected this year and beyond.

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is winding down and it’s time to think about how you want to refresh, renew and recharge for the New Year.  We’re talking New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that only 9.2 percent of Americans succeed in their resolutions out of the 41 percent that make them?  We’ll make sure you’re in the 9.2 percent with ideas for making lifestyle changes for you and your family (that don’t involve hitting the gym five days a week).

This year, put an insurance spin on your resolutions. We’ve pulled together simple tweaks and fixes to leave your home, car and family better protected in the New Year.

First up, The Top 5 Driving and Car Maintenance Habits to Break in 2018.