5 Common Causes Of Accidents In Nevada

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Each year, nearly 300 Nevada residents die in fatal car accidents. Similarly, more than 1,000 people are severely injured in motor vehicle accidents annually, across the state.  Even with campaigns like Zero Fatalities, a state initiative to encourage safe driving, and the Highway Safety Performance Plan, Nevada still has a substantially high accident rate.


Interestingly enough, the leading reasons for many Nevada car accidents aren’t as common as you might assume. Though drunk driving, driving impaired, and inclement weather all present a real threat, the following five factors are most common for car accidents in Nevada.


  • Failure To Stay In The Proper Lane

Every year, more than 40 people are killed in crashes that occur when someone does not remain in the proper lane. Authorities also credit this common mistake to more than 5,000 car crashes annually. Failure to stay in the proper lane is also often referred to as an improper lane change but can also include a driver drifting or merging out of his or her current lane and into the path of another or oncoming vehicle. Be sure to stay within your lane and remain focused at all times. Double check before changing lanes, always use your turning signal, and do not drive if drowsy or distracted.

  • Running Stop Signs

Police report that more than 700,000 car accidents occur annually at stop signs. Many accidents involve rolled-over vehicles, side-impacted or “t-boned” cars, and car-pedestrian collisions. Running a stop sign in Nevada is punishable with a $1,000 fine and up to four points on your driving record. Stop signs should never be ignored. Be sure to come to a complete stop and look both ways before proceeding.

  • Failure To Yield The Right-Of-Way

Another common cause of car accidents in Nevada occurs when drivers fail to yield to another’s right-of-way. This mistake costs the lives of nearly 25 people each year and an average of 6,500 crashes total. Right-of-ways are present at intersections, four-way stops, three-way intersections, left-hand turns, stop signs, pedestrian crossings and yield signs. The best way to avoid a right-of-way collision is to thoroughly understand the laws and regulations.

  • Reckless Driving

Drivers who fail to heed traffic signals or drive too fast for conditions are often the cause of many Nevada accidents. Reckless driving is credited for more than 4,200 accidents every year and causes around 20 deaths annually. Understand the conditions in which you are driving; if you feel uncomfortable driving in inclement weather, at night, or in heavy traffic consider waiting for better conditions. Similarly, make sure you follow the advice of all road signs. For example, if a sign cautions you to slow before a tight turn – slow before the tight turn.  

  • Finally, the most common cause of accidents in Nevada: Distracted Driving

The most common cause of accidents occurs at the hands of a distracted driver. With Nevada being home to some of the nation’s most spectacular scenery and breathtaking cities, it’s easy to get distracted. Avoid using your cell phone, sending a text message, tinkering with the stereo or even eating messy foods while driving. Furthermore, pull over to take photos or sight-see.

Be sure you, your car and your passengers are adequately protected from car accidents with a reliable auto insurance policy. As the leading car insurance company in Reno, Nevada, Heuer Insurance Agency works with you to create a tailor-made policy that fits your wants and needs. Contact us today to consult with one of our agents.


Tire Talk: The Difference Between All-Wheel And Winter Tires

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Let’s face it – driving in winter-weather conditions can be unnerving. And when the tires on your car aren’t up-to-par, driving in the winter can be downright dangerous. However, when it comes to choosing which type of tire is best for your car, things can get a bit confusing. Should you purchase a set of snow tires? Would all-weather tires be better for your particular situation? Should you splurge for a set of both, just to be safe?

Pros Of Winter Tires


  • Snow tires have better grip. Do you frequently drive on roads that are covered in snow or a sheet of ice? If so, snow tires trump all-weather tires largely because they have superior grip. Not only are these tires designed with a soft, adhesive rubber, but they also have very deep treads that allow for ultimate traction even in the most hazardous conditions. In fact, studies show that winter tires deliver 25 to 50 percent more traction than all-season tires.


  • Winter tires are best for breaking in bad weather. You’ve probably been there: that moment when you’re driving in snowy, icy conditions and the moment you attempt to break, your wheels lock up and you slide uncontrollably to a frantic hault. With a set of winter tires, the chances of this happening are greatly reduced. Thanks to the exceptional gripping abilities of winter-tire tread, you can break where you need to, when you need to.


Cons of Winter Tires


  • Winter tires wear quickly. Though the soft, grippy rubber is ideal when it comes to providing ultimate traction, the material tends to wear down quicker than all-season or summer tires. Sure, winter tires are great in winter conditions, but dry roads or non-wintery conditions can quickly deteriorate the tread quality of the tire.


  • Snow tires can affect the handling of your car. Snow tires are known for less-precise handling than all-weather tires simply because of the way they are designed. The soft rubber of winter tires has more give and mobility, and the durable rubber of all-season tires offers better handling in dry conditions.


Pros of All-Weather Tires


  • You don’t have to change all-weather tires as the seasons change. One of the greatest benefits of all-weather tires is that you don’t have to worry about changing them the second the seasons change. All-weather tires can stay on your car year-round and are also designed with winter-driving conditions in mind. The tread pattern on all-weather tires was created with high-tech compounds that can handle snow, slush and ice, just as they can handle warm, dry conditions. 


  • All-weather tires are ideal for unpredictable climates. Do you live in a place where it could be a blizzard one day and spring-like conditions the next? If so, all-weather tires are the best solution for you. They work better on winter roads than summer tires and better on summer roads than winter tires. In places where the weather can be unpredictable, all-weather tires are the best solution.


Cons of All-Weather Tires


  • All-weather tires could lose grip as the temperature drops. Though all-weather tires undoubtedly have better grip in winter conditions than summer tires, their quality does deteriorate as the temperature drops. Once the temperature reaches about 44 degrees Fahrenheit, the rubber compound reaction within the tire begins to lose its softness, meaning you could be losing a noticeable amount of traction in any type of wet-weather condition.


  • All-weather tires wear quickly in warm conditions. Most all-weather tires should have a symbol on the side that indicates they are certified for driving in harsh winter conditions. However, in hot summer weather, the temperature within the tire could become too soft for its own good, meaning that spring and summer driving causes significant wear and tear on your all-weather tires and will ultimately require you to change these tires more frequently.


At Heuer Insurance Agency, we deeply value the importance of winter car safety. Use these pros-and-cons to help you determine which type of tire will keep you safe and sound in even the most harsh winter conditions.

How To Know Its Time For A New Vehicle

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Replacing your trusty old vehicle can be a difficult decision to make, but at some point, it becomes necessary. If one of the following scenarios applies to you, it is time to consider investing in a new car.

Your Current Vehicle Is No Longer Safe
There are many things that could result in your vehicle becoming unsafe. Perhaps it has just worn out after years of faithful service, or perhaps it has been irreparably damaged by an accident. Whatever the case, it is essential to replace your vehicle if it is no longer safe to drive.

Your Current Vehicle Is Expensive To Drive Or Maintain
If your current vehicle is getting too expensive to maintain or drive, it may be time to consider a replacement. If your car is inefficient and it is getting more and more difficult to pay the increasing cost of gas, you may want to trade it in for a newer, more efficient model. Older vehicles can also become very expensive to maintain. In some cases older cars break down more and more often and in other cases it can become too hard to find replacement parts. Maintaining your vehicle is important to staying safe on the road—if maintenance has become too difficult, it is time for a new car.

Your Current Vehicle No Longer Suits Your Lifestyle
Life brings many changes, and in some cases, this means it is time to change your vehicle as well. Maybe you’ve had a new baby and you need a bigger vehicle, or maybe all your kids have grown up and moved out and you’d like to find a new, more efficient replacement. When your life and needs change, it is time to get a vehicle that suits those changes. Be sure to consider auto insurance policies when choosing your new car, some cars can be much more expensive to insure than others, so you should make sure you pick a car that you can afford to insure. If you need help making a decision, contact an insurance agent before you buy a new vehicle.

Simple Ways to Save Money on Gas

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Sure, gas prices are lower than they’ve been in years, but how long will that last? The savings have been awesome, and to get even more bang for your buck at the pump, here are some tips that can help improve your fuel economy.

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Teens and Tire Safety: What Drivers Ed Doesn’t Teach Kids

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In Drivers’ Education courses, our young drivers spend most of their time learning about the rules of the road and general safety practices. And, while these aspects of their driving education are very important, our young drivers often miss out on essential lessons on tire safety.

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What You Need to Know About Buying a Used Car

The decision to buy used versus buying new usually comes down to money. As everyone knows, the second you drive that brand new car off the lot, it takes a huge drop in value.

But buying a used car is a risky proposition. If you’re not careful, you could wind up with a lemon that winds up being more of a money pit than a trusted tool.

So to increase your odds of finding a great deal for a reliable used car, follow these five steps before you hand over any money for the keys.

Don’t forget to do your research

There’s a wealth of research on the internet about virtually every make and model of every vehicle produced since Henry Ford. Researching can help you narrow down your options, give you a good idea of price, and give you the upper hand in negotiations.

Test-driving a used car

The all-important test drive should be more than a simple spin around the block. The car should “feel” good to you. It should handle well, and you should be alert for any troubling sounds or smells (that means turning off the radio during the test drive).

One good trick is to find a safe area to test the car’s acceleration. A car that accelerates well is a sign of a healthy engine. If it accelerates slowly, or if it jerks or is too loud, then it may have some hidden problems.

Get it inspected by a trusted mechanic

If at all possible, arrange to have the car inspected by a mechanic before you even begin negotiations. A private seller might be more willing to let you do this than a used car salesman, but you should push for an inspection, nonetheless.

If a car is Certified Pre-Owned (CPO), then it’s already undergone a rigorous inspection, and shouldn’t need another one.

Negotiation time

The tactics of negotiation can get complex, but to be successful you should remember these two things: never let the other party know if you are excited about a specific car, and don’t be afraid to simply walk away.

As long as you follow these five steps when buying a used car, you should avoid most bad deals. Of course, there will always be a chance that you’ll wind up with a lemon anyway, but that’s the risk you take when you buy used.

For more car advice, and for information on buying auto insurance, check out our blog!