When someone has hosted an MMA radio show called “Rage in a Cage,” it’s safe to say that they are a die-hard UFC® fan. Michael Shweigert was selected as the lucky winner of SafeAuto’s “VIP at the UFC” Contest. The twenty-two year old will be taking his friend and co-host of the show, Frank Horak along for the unforgettable trip to Minneapolis.
Schweigert and Hogart will receive airfare, hotel, tickets to the UFC® on FX bout as well as a private meet and greet with SafeAuto Fight Team members Travis Browne and Bart Palaszewski. SafeAuto Insurance holds multiple “VIP at the UFC” Contests on Facebook to reward all of the MMA fans who engage with their social media accounts.
“My initial reaction when I heard that I had won was that it was too good to be true,” stated Schweigert. “I am a huge UFC® and Travis Browne fan. I have a serious passion for the sport and had a radio show for a while covering it. I am looking forward to getting back into the mix of things and this trip is a once and a lifetime opportunity for me. “
The main event for the UFC® on FX fight in Minneapolis will be Travis Browne versus Bigfoot. “’Hapa’ has been one of my favorite fighters in the UFC® and I am glad to finally get to watch him fight and meet him in-person!” said Schweigert. I think it is great that SafeAuto will engage with their fans. They are very active with the social world and to hold special contests like these in a sport that grows more and more popular by the day is a great move.”
Be sure to stay tuned to SafeAuto’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as the state minimum auto insurance company will chronicle Michael Schweigert’s “VIP at the UFC®” trip to Minneapolis.
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Let's talk about the worst drivers in America.
No, this isn't an article about your scatterbrained friend who can't work a car stereo. Or your Aunt Mabel who is petrified of driving on the freeway. Or even that clueless bozo who cut you off in traffic today.
This article discusses the two demographic categories of drivers who are statistically the most likely to be involved in auto accidents (and therefore also pay the highest car insurance premiums). That would be teenagers under the age of 18 and elderly people above the age of 80. Those two groups are 9 times as likely and 5.5 times as likely respectively to get into crashes than middle-aged American drivers, who are among the safest on the roadways.
So for these high-risk drivers, what type of vehicles are appropriate? The largest, most-tank-like vehicle you can buy? Or a car with an engine that's only slightly more powerful than the average lawnmower?
Neither, actually. What you're looking for are vehicles that have excellent crash test ratings, a plethora of safety features, and a reputation of reliability.
Parents of teenagers should avoid buying them a large sport utility vehicle or a pickup truck. Even though they have a lot of metal that can provide exterior collision protection, these bigger vehicles are more likely to tip over, thus increasing the risk of a rollover accident. Senior citizens should opt for vehicles which provide good driver visibility and positioning, front seat comfort, and access to controls. These are the attributes which will simplify the driving experience for octogenarians.
There is a long list of vehicles which meet the criteria for either elderly drivers or teen drivers. But there are only five which satisfy the requirements for both groups. They are:
1. Honda Accord 4-cylinder
Model years: 2008-2012
The Accord got the highest possible safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also comes with standard electronic stability control.
2. Nissan Altima 4-cylinder
Model years: 2010-2012
It scored highly in crash tests, especially those occurring from the side (which tend to be more dangerous than rear-end or frontal collisions). In addition to the driver's airbag, the Altima comes with a passenger airbag, a side airbag, a side head airbag, and a rear head air bag.
3. Toyota Camry
The Camry received an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, and perfect scores from the IIHS. It has all of the same airbags as the Altima plus a rear body airbag.
4. Toyota RAV4 without a third-row seat
Model years: 2006-2012
Toyota is the only automaker with two vehicles that are highly recommended for both seniors and teens. The RAV4 got high marks for safety, has standard electronic stability control, and boasts a total of five airbags.
5. Subaru Forester nonturbo
Model years: 2009-2012
This SUV garnered perfect marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though it's not as reliable as the Accord or Camry. But the five airbags and electronic stability control help improve the safety of its occupants.
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As Americans, we take a lot of things for granted that people in other countries struggle with. For example, assuming that the water coming out of our faucet is potable. Or that the dinner we order at a restaurant isn't contaminated with E coli. And we don't only do this with our health. We take for granted things related to our vehicles as well. Like assuming that the gasoline we pump into our tanks is safe for our cars' engines.
But last month, that last assumption came back to bite us.
That's because millions of gallons of tainted gasoline was sent to hundreds of gas stations in the U.S. -- and much of it wound up in people's cars. The affected gasoline came from oil refiner BP, which said that the gas was misformulated during the refining process (though it didn't say exactly how that happened). Because American engines are built to run on a specific mixture of gasoline, an error in the combination of additives can adversely affect engine performance.
The Problems It Caused Motorists reported some 9,600 instances of their engines starting hard, idling rough, and stalling unexpectedly after putting the tainted gas into their vehicles' tanks.
The best way to repair that problem is to have a car's fuel system flushed and cleaned at a repair shop, which costs anywhere from $300 to $1,200 (and probably isn't covered by auto insurance).
What Exactly Happened? BP says that it shipped a total of 4.7 million gallons of the tainted fuel in all grades: regular, mid-grade, and premium. The gas was sent from BP's refinery in Whiting, Indiana to several hundred stations in the Midwest between August 13 and August 17; though it insists that subsequent shipments were properly formulated and safe for vehicle consumption. It is important to point out that since BP sells a significant portion of its output to other fuel companies, the tainted gas is not limited to those stations which sell BP-branded gasoline. Some of the other fuel stations that sold the misformulated gas include Citgo, Speedway, Road Ranger, Thornton's, Sam's Club, and Meijer.
Could You Have Been Victimized? The oil conglomerate has posted a searchable database of the stations which received the tainted fuel in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin. BP is accepting claims through a toll-free phone number from people who believe that they filled up with tainted gas at one of the stations. But some attorneys in the affected states are still considering filing a class action lawsuit against BP.
If your vehicle starts displaying some of the "symptoms" mentioned above, then you can take it to a repair shop or service center to see if mechanics can identify the problem. Other measures to take include putting a fuel treatment product into your gas tank, or topping off your tank at a different gas station in the hopes of mixing the "good" gas with the "bad" and improving performance. Keep in mind that going forward, the chances of engine trouble being attributed to tainted gas will be rare, simply because these types of misformulated shipments occur very infrequently.
Hopefully, this episode of tainted gas will never be repeated by BP. But it does help all Americans pause to think about how we fill up our gas tanks time after time without giving it a second thought.
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