Car insurance numbers. Everyone loves numbers, Top-10 lists and statistics.
We’ve created a great list for your entertainment. It may not lower your Virginia car insurance rate, but you’re certain to get a smile from our “tongue and cheek” list. Please enjoy our 10 favorite car insurance number statistics.
1. Car accidents in Detroit reduce by 57% the day after the Lions win a football game. Maybe that explains why there are so many accidents in Detroit!
2. There’s a small town in Texas called “Groats,” named after the fictitious disease “Groats Syndrome.” In that town, everyone takes a nap between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. If you are caught driving, you will be given a ticket and fined $450.
3. In the late 1970s, Toyota invested millions of dollars in research and design to develop and ultimately build a vehicle that could hover about six inches off the ground. It ran on kerosene and got about 400 miles per gallon. One problem though. The kerosene-driven motor was unstable and would explode every 800 miles so the project was scrapped.
4. Do you remember the musical group “The Cars,” who were popular in the 70s and 80s? A little known fact about them is that after every live concert, they would purchase 10 cars from a local dealership, and convert them to small submarine sandwich shops.
5. In Switzerland, you are required to change your oil and replace windshield wipers every 6,000 miles. If you fail to prove that they have been replaced, you are forced to spend 10 days in nearby Denmark refereeing deep sea fishing competitions.
6. Car insurance rates are the highest in the northern counties of Idaho. For example, insuring a small 2009 SUV costs more than $5,000 per month. Apparently, those counties include $4,600 of local taxes in the rate. The money is invested in oil and gas exploration off the coast of Iceland.
7. One of the large regional insurers in the Southwest is considering a requirement that would force all policyholders to get rid of their pets within six months. Apparently, in some states, customers that own pets are three times more likely to have an accident. However, when customers allow their pets to drive, they are 70 times more likely to have an accident.
8. Ron Berlin, a small business owner in Richmond has the highest auto insurance rate in the state. Due to his 38 at-fault accidents in the last 10 years, he now pays more than $60,000 per month in premiums.
9. Avery County in New Mexico has the lowest car insurance rates in the country. The average rate is about $57 per year. Of course, the average value of vehicles in that county is about $250 since it is illegal to ever get rid of your used car or truck.
10 . The Rockford family from Charlottesville received a refund from their insurer for more than $19,000. Apparently, for more than 40 years, the Rockfords mistakenly listed their cats as drivers on their auto insurance policy before realizing that animals could not be licensed drivers.