Hey Truckers- Were You Aware There’s a New Tool to Check Your Tire Wear?

K-Line Industries, a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket supplier of specialty tools and tooling systems for the turf, agricultural, construction, and heavy truck and equipment markets has made available a tool that guarantees to help eliminate irregular tire wear, ride vibration and lengthen the life-cycle of commercial tires. The Tire Runout Gauge measures both circular and side tire wear conditions to help fleets keep tire costs under control.

The gauge uses a roller wheel which is placed against the tire tread in combination with a gauge bar, individual low and high spot sliders and magnified measurement readout that shows the amount of wear present.

Wear that exceeds limits can indicate a bent or slanted rim, poorly adjusted wheel bearings, improper tire bead seating, tire flat spots or improperly tightened rim clamps and rear rim spacers.

The Tire Runout Gauge is designed as a precautionary tool that can result in quicker identification of possible problems before they turn into early tire removal and unnecessary additional costs.

Wolpert Insurance Agency specializes in trucking insurance,  fleet trucking insurance, owner operator truck insurance, as well as moving & storage insurance. Give us a call today for a FREE quote!

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Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm  Comments (1)  
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How Well Do YOU Know the Rules of the ROAD???

A recent national driving IQ test has proven that “all drivers need a refresher course when it comes to rules of the road”.

Even though the average score of drivers increased from 76.2 percent in 2010 to 77.9 percent this year, results still suggest that a large number of people on the road still don’t know basic driving knowledge, leading to dangerous driving habits. Eighty-five percent of test-takers could not identify the proper action to take when approaching a “steady” yellow traffic light; only a quarter were actually aware of how much space to leave between them and the vehicle in front of them.

Without understanding the correct driving rules of the road, many drivers run the risk of increasing the amount of (close-call) accidents. The mentioned test is put into place to remind drivers to refresh their driving knowledge to prevent such events.

Surveying over 5,000 licensed drivers between the ages of 16-65 throughout all 50 states, including DC, the test included 20 questions taken from recent Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exams. The conclusive data was determined by the percentage of state population, age, gender and ethnicity.

Driver Test Highlights:

  • Men are better drivers: 1 in 4 women failed the test with an average score of 74.1 percent while the males dominated with an average score of 80.2 percent.
  • Northeast is WORST driving region: Average scoring at 74.9 percent; the Midwest is the BEST driving region with an average score of 77.5 percent.
  • “The older, the wiser”: Drivers ages 60-65 maintained the highest average test scores at 80.3 percent.
  • Be extra cautious while driving in the Empire State and Beltway: 1 of 3 (34 percent) of all drivers in New York and Washington DC failed the test; Wyoming was the state with the lowest percentage of failures, with only 1 of 20 (4.5 percent) failing the test.
  • Biggest gains and losses: Colorado recently jumped from 24th place in 2010 to third place with an 82 percent average score. Alaska, however, dropped 30 spots from tenth place in 2010 to 40th place this year with a decreased average test score of 76 percent; past years the state had a 79.8 average success rate.

Think YOU’RE smarter than the average driver? Take the test and compare answers with your friends and family!

Facebook users can take the National Drivers Test Facebook quiz; Twitter users can check out the Drivers Test Twitter page.

How do you think YOU will rank? Contact Wolpert Insurance today to find out about The Safe Driver Insurance Plan (Massachusetts), which lists different types of auto accidents and moving violations, and assigns a “point” value (from 0 to 4) to each type based on the severity of the incident. Drivers with accident-free records pay the lowest possible rates. Those who have had accidents or convictions pay more through surcharges added by SDIP points.

Published in: on May 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Leave Your Children Where They Are If You Think You Might Leave Them in the Car

With summer just around the corner, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), reminds parents the dangers of leaving a child alone in a car, especially on hot summer days.

Research shows the risk of a serious and/potential deadly injury is increased for children left in vehicles during hot summer days. In fact, hyperthermia (heat-stroke) is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children under the age of fourteen. There is an estimated 27 reported deaths every year.

The following are safety tips to prevent hyperthermia:

  • NEVER leave infants/children alone in a vehicle-even if the windows are partially open or the AC is running.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle-front and back-before locking the door and walking away.
  • Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave your car.
  • Place your purse, briefcase, etc. in the back seat so you’ll be sure to recognize that there is, in fact, a child in the vehicle.
  • Call 911/your local emergency number IMMEDIATELY if you see a child alone in a vehicle. When children are in distress, especially due to heat, remove them from the vehicle AS QUICKLY as possible! Warning signs of hyperthermia include: red, hot, damp or dry skin, no sweating, strong rapid pulse of a slow weak pulse, nausea or acting unusual. If any of these signs are present, COOL THE CHILD QUICKLY!!!

For additional safety tips and information on how to keep children safe in and around vehicles, visit www.nhtsa.gov/keepingkidssafe.

Now, some of you may be thinking, “How could a parent leave their child in the vehicle?!”; sadly, some parents DO forget they have their child(ren) in the car, especially if they have a “hectic schedule”. Still, leaving a child in an unattended vehicle is inexcusable. If there is any inclination that a child could be forgotten in the vehicle, leave the child at home with a responsible caretaker while running errands, going to appointments, etc.

Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Parents- Prom Season is Here. Are YOU Ready???

With prom season in full affect, we are reminded of the driving tragedies that too often occur on prom night. Recently, there has been some encouraging news from a 2011 teen driving study conducted by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) that shows a decrease in these incidents. According to a recent national study of about 2300 high school students, only 6% say they have driven under the influence on prom night.

The SADD study results offer some insight into a possible reason for the limited occurences of drinking and driving by teens on prom night: policies/security measures have been put into place at most schools for these events; it has been reported that about 90% of students say their schools have programs/policies in place to keep teens from taking part in illegal behaviors such as underage drinking at school-related functions. Policies include the presence of security guards/police, organized transportation, breathalyzer tests and other programs.

Although the above reported numbers are low, the probability of such tragic events should not be over-looked.

Underage drinking is never acceptable; however these findings suggest that when schools enforce zero-tolerance measures at official functions, they can be an effective way to curb that dangerous behavior behind the wheel…on the flip side, however, the findings also suggest that when school enforcement is absent, drinking and driving is more [common]. – SADD Chairman, Stephen Wallace

For additional statistics, please visit SADD’s website.

Make sure your teen has the best possible insurance for their driving safety! Contact Wolpert Insurance Agency today!

Published in: on May 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Your Baby is All Grown Up and Ready to Conquer the Road Ahead; Insure Their Safe Travels.

The amount one pays for insurance depends on a number of factors; age is certainly not the only one. The cost of premiums will typically be more expensive for young drivers than they are for older, more experienced drivers.

The most common factors affecting car insurance costs for a 16 year-old young driver are:

  • The type/condition of vehicle purchases
  • Gender of driver
  • Safe driving record/experience

When shopping for policies for young drivers, consumers should become familiar with what their particular state requires.

New drivers are considered by the insurance companies to be a higher risk; it is very difficult to give a rough estimate about how much insurance will cost since it also depends on other factors, i.e. gender and residential location. However, one should expect to pay around $1000.00 every six months (this amount can vary greatly).

Unfortunately for teenage males, the cost of insurance tends to be greater than the cost of insurance for female teens. Most premiums are established by data compiled and analyzed by insurers; this determines the amount of risk that they will assume and charge accordingly.Tenn male driver

Male teenagers can expect to pay more, not only for being male, but also being inexperienced; studies show that less experienced drivers may have a harder time recognizing hazardous situations and more likely to underestimate dangerous ones.

Another reason young males may also pay higher premiums is that a recent study shows that they have accounted for 30% of the cost of injuries caused by motor vehicles annually. However, they can save money by shopping and comparing rates from competitors to determine which company will be more affordable for them.

In most cases, it can be much more economical to be included on a parent’s policy. A considerable amount of money can be saved while still getting the required coverage.

Contact Wolpert Insurance today to speak with an agent about insuring the new drivers in your family!

Published in: on March 8, 2011 at 10:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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