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Top 7 Driving Phobias (And How To Conquer Them)

April was Distracted Driving Month, which got us wondering, are people distracted by their driving phobias? So we polled our Facebook community to learn more about what exactly gives them the behind-the-wheel heebie-jeebies. Here’s what they said shakes them up:

  • 27% Driving on mountain roads without guard rails
  • 27% Driving in bad weather (ice, snow, and rain)
  • 20% Driving near large trucks
  • 4% Becoming unable to drive
  • 4% Driving over bridges
  • 3% Driving near intoxicated drivers
  • 1% Veering off the road (uncontrollably)
  • 1% Fearing that the hood latch would suddenly release

If any of these driving anxieties sound familiar, here are some tips for staying calm on the road (no matter what happens):

A good instructor can guide you through driving situations that make you feel uncomfortable and help you bolster your confidence. A

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Altitude Sickness On Arrival: How To Cope

Considering the far-flung destinations many people travel to on vacation today, it’s not surprising that more and more travelers are experiencing altitude sickness. If you travel to locations set at 3,500m (around 11,000 feet) above sea level you may develop symptoms of altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness signs and symptoms include headache, difficulty breathing, nausea and mental confusion. If you feel ill after arriving at a high-altitude location, use your travel insurance to seek medical advice. People with respiratory or cardiac problems are at greater risk of experiencing symptoms, even at lower altitudes.

Drink plenty of fluids on the flight as dehydration can make symptoms worse. R

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US Travel Warning for Mexico

Travel insurance can protect a vacation investment if it has to be cancelled or interrupted for a reason that is written in the policy.  Most of the time this is because of a sickness, injury or death of a traveler or family member, but many other unforeseeable circumstances can apply as well.  A recent expanded US travel warning for Mexico has many travelers asking if this is a covered reason to cancel.  An article from USA Today addressed the travel warning in more detail.

An expanded U.S.State Department travel warning to Mexico, issued before this week’s news that 183 bodies have been discovered in a northeastern border state, is generating mixed responses in tourist spots highlighted in the new alert.

The April 22 warning notes that millions of U.S. citi

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Sex and Car Insurance: How Gender Affects Your Rate

Auto insurance actuaries make generalizations about groups of people to help them determine auto insurance rates. Though it sounds surprisingly un-PC, your gender can generally predict driving behavior and, hence, how likely you are to be involved in an accident. And in spite of the stereotype of the ditzy female driver, you might be surprised to learn who pays more for car insurance. Ready?

Generally, males between the ages of 16-25 pay more for auto insurance than females the same age. It may seem like gender discrimination but there are good reasons why:

  • Males typically drive more than females.

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Advice For Cyclone Season In The South Pacific

Travelers heading to the South Pacific region should be aware of the risk of cyclones during the period of December through April, according to the U.S. Department of State. The threat of cyclones originating in the area could cause problems for your trip.

While most vacations in the South Pacific pass without any negative incident, you should monitor weather reports and take the appropriate action should a tropical cyclone hit the region. Make sure your trip is protected with trip cancellation insurance. Affected areas include Australia, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, as well as French Polynesia.

Make sure you have up-to-date travel insurance to cover a tropical cyclone if it hits your vacation while you are abroad.

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USAA Auto Insurance Information

The United Services Automobile Association, or USAA, is a reciprocal financial services company which offers various products, from banking to insurance, to all members of the United States armed forces of any branch, as well as their immediate family members. Formed in 1922 by 25 members of the U.S. Army, the company has since grown until it is now a Fortune 500 company. USAA posted almost $18 billion in revenue in 2010 and has more than 8 million members. USAA auto insurance is known as some of the most reliable and responsive in the industry.

USAA History

Originally called the United States Army Automobile Association, USAA was formed by 25 armed forces officers in response to their inability to obtain auto insurance because they were labeled as high risk by the insurers of that time, due to their occupations.

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