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Understanding Car Safety Ratings


Although newer vehicles are generally more expensive to insure than older ones, consumers can often get discounts if their new vehicles have the latest safety features. Advances in crash and accident avoidance technology mean that consumers who buy a new vehicle equipped with the latest safety features are often less likely to be seriously injured in a car crash.

Safety ratings are a function of two major factors: prevention—how well the vehicle is designed to prevent an accident—and, crashworthiness—how well the vehicle performs in a crash.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks its Top Safety Picks based on good, acceptable, marginal or poor performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, and evaluations of seat / head restraints for protection against neck injuries during rear impacts. Crash tests are conducted on a half-dozen types of vehicles, including large cars, mid-sized cars, small cars, minivans, mid-size SUVs, and small SUVs. You can also visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for a full report on recalls and defects.

Currently, some of the top-rated safety features are:

  • Adaptive front airbags
  • Side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Knee airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Anti-lock braking systems
  • Brake assist
  • Tire pressure monitors
  • Back-up sensors
  • Park assist
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Smart headlights
  • Crash-alert systems (such as OnStar)
  • Built-in car seats

Technology is ever-improving, and, as time goes by, manufacturers and the government are standardizing these features. Doing your homework ahead of time and knowing what your options are can make the decision-making process smoother and get you into that new car faster!

Local December Events Thousand Oaks CA

Local December Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

Check out these Ventura County festive fun events!

When it comes jolly holly holiday fun, Ventura County offers plenty of events to keep the family entertained and involved all the way through December! Whether you like to get festive from food, crafts, or a charity event, read on for a handful of local December happenings that will get you into the spirit of the Christmas season!

  • Winterfest Event in Oxnard
    Sat, Dec 5, 12 pm – 4 pm
    John’s Lutheran School, Oxnard
    This event is the perfect way to prepare for the Christmas season with family and friends! Bring the whole family down to play in the ‘snow’, visit Santa Claus, enjoy delicious food and beverages, play games, make crafts, and browse the local vendors’ booths! Don’t leave your little ones at home – this event has many activities for children in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade! Bag your carnival ticket by visiting the school in November!
  • Santa’s Village Holiday Carnival in Camarillo
    Sat, Dec 12, 9 am – 2 pm
    1605 Burnley St, Camarillo
    This carnival offers games, inflatables, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and local vendors with gifts and food to enjoy! Stick around for the special visit from Santa Claus! The 54th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade will take place at 10 am, starting as Las Posas and Temple Avenue and ending at the Camarillo Community Center. It will host floats, bands, autos, and so much more!
  • Santa to the Sea Half Marathon, Relay & 5K in Oxnard
    Sun, Dec 13, 8 am – 12 pm
    Nyeland Acres to Channel Island Habor, Oxnard
    This 8th Annual event begins with the half marathon at the giant Santa located at 2801 Ventura Blvd, Oxnard and ends at Marine Emporium Landing in the Channel Islands Harbor. In addition to the marathon, there is a 5K race, 2-person relay and a kids 1K run. This event has been awarding scholarships to deserving locals since 2009. Partially funded by grants from the Gene Haas Foundation and the Oxnard College Foundation, approximately $122,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to 300 current Oxnard College students!

From Integrity First Insurance, we hope that you and the family have a great time getting festive in Ventura County, California! We ensure that you have the quality insurance coverage so that you can thoroughly enjoy the holiday season without a worry! Contact us in Thousand Oaks, California today!

Don’t Miss These Local Events!

May Events

There is no better way to spend a spring weekend than enjoying a fun, family friendly event in the local community. Make sure to check out these two events that people of all ages can enjoy this May.

On May 8th and 9th, head out to Janss Marketplace for the Free Family Space Day Event. The area in front of Burlington and the fountain at the Marketplace will be transformed into a unique, interactive space experience. There will be many different activities and displays to enjoy, including planetary music, learning about the life of an astronaut, fun physics, an astral art project, an Apollos Missions display, a spacey science magic show, and more. All the excitement starts at 3 p.m. on May 8th and ends at 7 p.m. If you miss the first round of fun it will start back up again at noon on the 9th until 4 p.m.

On May 9th, you will not want to miss the 2015 Simi Valley Street Fair. Over 200,000 people are expected to join in on the fun that starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. There will be a kid’s corner, an emergency preparedness expo, and more than 300 booths that will be selling crafts, arts, food, and other items.

All of us at Integrity First Insurance in Thousand Oaks, California would like to invite you and your family and friends out to enjoy both of these community events!

Check Out These February Events

February Events

As January comes to an end, it is the perfect time to look for fun, family friendly events that you can enjoy with all of your loved ones. Make sure to mark your calendar for all of these exciting February events in the local community.

On February 14th head out to the Westlake Village City Hall for the 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Research 5K/10K Walk/Run. The event features a 5K, 10K, and a Kids 1K Fun Run. Check in for the 10K starts at 7 a.m. for all runs, but the runs are spread out throughout the morning. Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks are meant to help increase funding for the research of the disease and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. The Lustgarten Foundation helps to serve as a great celebration of the process that is being made to help fight against the disease.

The RUNdezvous 5K Fun Couples Run is happening on Valentine’s Day in Newbury Park and is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. The run starts at Road Runner Sports in Newbury Park at 7:30 a.m. All of the proceeds help to benefit the VHL Alliance. VHL is a rare genetic cancer. Head out and run or walk with anyone you love, from your spouse or parents to your best friend or furry friend.

Integrity First Insurance in Thousand Oaks, California would like to invite you and your loved ones out to enjoy all of these exciting local events this February!

Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting Events!

November has almost come to an end, which means it is the perfect time to start looking for some family fun activities in December. Make sure to mark your calendar for all of these exciting Conejo Valley December events!

A little bit of winter has arrived at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks! The yearly holiday ice rink opened on November 13th and will be open until January 19th. While living in Southern California means we do not get to enjoy white winters, it does not mean we have to miss out on some of the best winter activities. Make sure to bring the whole family out to enjoy a round of ice-skating at The Lakes next month.

If you are looking for some traditional holiday fun, you will not want to miss out on The Nutkracker at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on December 20th and 21st. The Pacific Festival Ballet Company will present the show, complete with opulent sets and costumes that work perfectly with the choreography performed by the cast of 200 dancers.

If your pet is looking forward to Christmas as much as you are, you will not want to miss out on Santa at The Oaks mall! Bring your cat or dog down to the JCPenny in the mall on December 2nd and 9th and get their picture taken with the jolly man. The whole family will enjoy a picture of your pet with Santa on their holiday card!

Integrity First Insurance Services in Thousand Oaks, California would like to invite you and your family out to enjoy all that these exciting events have to offer this December!

Check Out These Local Events!

The Conejo Valley is one of the most beautiful and exciting places to live. With all of the fun, family friendly events in the local area, there is never a shortage of things to do. Make sure to check out these exciting events this September in the Conejo Valley that are fun for people of all ages.

You will not want to miss the 11th Annual Thousand Oaks Art Festival on September 20th and 21st. The festival starts at 10 a.m. both days, and spans from the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza all the way to the Lakes, and is expected to attract more than 12,000 Conejo Valley and Southern California residents to enjoy over 60 art exhibitors, as well as wine tasting!

If your children are a fan of the movie Cars, they are sure to love Disney’s Planes! Make sure to bring the whole family out to the Drive In Movie at Oak Park High School on September 20th, and enjoy a screening of the movie. The exciting and unique event is only $5 per car, and starts at sundown. The gates open one hour before sunset, so make sure to get there early to get a good spot!

Get ready to laugh all night at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza because Bill Cosby is coming to town! Enjoy all of Cosby’s hilarious jokes on September 28th, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are selling out fast, so make sure to get yours before they are all gone!

Integrity First Insurance in Thousand Oaks, would like to invite you and your family to check out all of these fun events in the local community.

Things to do in January in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks

There is no lack of things to do and experience in Thousand Oaks or Westlake Village California.  Some of the events going on in January are:

Mamma Mia

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will host this production beginning on January 14th at 7:30 p.m.  Don’t miss out on this event.  It runs through January 19th.

Forever Plaid

After all the activity of the the holidays, sit back and be entertained by the musical Forever Plaid.  This production will begin on Friday, January 31st at 8 p.m., and run through February 9th in the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.   

International Night of Guitars

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will host the International Night of Guitars.  Pino Foastiere of Italy, England’s Mike Dawes, and Argentina’s Quique Sinesi will be there to perform for you.  Pino is respected for his talent on the steel string guitars.  He has the ability to mix melodies and improv when needed.  Dawes is a young performer who has virtuoso style and has mastered micro-techniques. Quique has mastered a lot of the South American rhythms as well as melodies on the guitar and the charango.  This should be an interesting night of music.

We are Integrity First Insurance and we serve the community of Thousand Oaks as well as Westlake Village in the Conejo Valley area.  For all of your insurance needs, contact Jason Mayling President of Integrity First Insurance.