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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!

The Whole Family Will Love These Local Events!

October Events Not To Miss! 

September is almost coming to an end, which means the outside temperatures continue to drop and the holiday season is getting closer and closer. Before the first day of October comes around, it is the best time to fill up your calendar with fun, local events. Make sure to check out these Conejo Valley events that you can enjoy with all of your loved ones!

From October 3rd and 4th, head out to the Reyes Adobe Historical Site for the 11thAnnual Reyes Adobe Days Festival. The festival is free to attend and is the perfect place to celebrate California culture on the grounds of the original 1845 California rancho with live music, petting zoo, rancho activities, food trucks, local craft beer, and much more!

The Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms is starting on October 3rd and running through the end of the month! The 18th annual event includes plenty of activities, including a corn maze, hay pyramid, live bands, pig races, animal shows, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and more!

If you are looking for a family-friendly way to enjoy Halloween, then you will not want to miss out on the Kids Fun Zone at Janss Marketplace. From noon until 3 p.m., your children will have the chance to enjoy seasonal crafts and activities that they can bring home.

All of us at Integrity First Insurance in Thousand Oaks, California would like to invite you out to enjoy all of these events this October!

Local Events For Fun This August

Enjoying The Last Month Of Summer In Thousand Oaks

August beginning is bittersweet. On the one hand, it signals that last month of summer. On the other, it brings plenty of fun opportunities to head out with your community and enjoy the waning season. Here are just a few events worth checking out in the comings month!

  • Concerts In The Park At Chumash Park: Over the summer, Sunday evenings offer you and your family the chance to enjoy great live music with your community. On Sunday, August 2nd, Fortunate Son, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, will take the stage, followed the next week by Alley Cats, where music meets comedy. Both of these shows will start at 6:00 p.m. at Chumash Park, where there will also be a Kidszone for the younger ones.
  • Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 5k, & 10k: Get ready to get moving on August 9th! This annual event features beautiful runs along the scenic Arroyo Creek bike path in Simi Valley. The mostly flat course makes this a great event for beginners while providing the opportunity for advanced runners to top their own personal records.
  • Concerts In The Park At Janss Marketplace: The summer concert series is in full swing at Janss Marketplace. Upcoming performers at this Wednesday night series include Copycats (August 5th), Zepidemic, a Led Zeppelin tribute band (August 12th), Grunge Monkeys (August 19th) and Space Oddity, a David Bowie tribute band (August 26th). Come out for the free music, great food, and weekly fun at 6:00 p.m.

We hope you have a great time at these fun local events around Thousand Oaks! For all of your insurance needs in Thousand Oaks, Conejo Valley, and the surrounding California area, contact Integrity First Insurance today. As members of your community, we are here to help you set the right protections in place for your family.

St. Patrick’s Day Events To Enjoy!

Local St. Patrick’s Day Events

St. Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, which means it is the perfect time to start looking for a fun and family-friendly way to celebrate. Make sure to check out these local community events with your friends and family this holiday.

The 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura is happening on March 14th starting at 10 a.m. The parade will start on East Main Street in front of the San Buenaventura Mission, and will end at the corner of East Main Street and North Chestnut Street.

If you are in the Agoura Hills area, make sure to head out to the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center on March 14th. The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. There will be plenty of entertainment, including the Claddagh School of Irish Dancers, Tribal Caravan Belly Dancing Performances, and live music by Innisfree. There will also be tons of fun activities, including rock climbing, face painting, and various inflatables to enjoy.

While enjoying these exciting local events, keep these fun facts in mind to impress your loved ones.

  • Patrick was not Irish. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland.
  • The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City, and brings 250,000 marchers to Fifth Avenue.
  • Chicago dyes its river green each St. Patrick’s day using 40 tons of green dye.
  • While St. Patrick’s Day is typically associated with drinking, it used to be a dry holiday and all pubs had to be closed.
  • While lady leprechaun decorations fill the store, there are actually no lady leprechauns in traditional Irish folk tales.

All of us at Integrity First Insurance in Thousand Oaks, California would like to wish you a fun and exciting St. Patrick’s Day!

Fun Facts of the Month

Life can provide a lot of surprises, some scary, some fun. Enjoy some of the fun ones with our monthly list of the most interesting facts:

While we’re the only animal with a proven spoken language, other animals still find many ways to communicate. Elephants have a specific alert sound that they make to warn others of bees. The vocalization is called a "bee rumble." When your cat head bumps you, it’s a way of saying that she feels safe around you and considers you family.

The old saying "laughter is the best medicine" isn’t just an old wives’ tale. When we laugh, we lower our levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Laughter increases both creativity and alertness. And, it improves memory. That’s why you remember the lessons from your funniest teachers best.

We’ve all seen the digital clocks powered by potatoes. Ever wondered about firing up a more complex gadget? The logistics would be tough. It would take, for instance, 595 oranges to charge up an iPhone.

Surprised by any of the facts above? There are no surprises when it comes to reliable insurance coverage at Integrity First Insurance. Contact Jason Mayling today to get a quote.