Category: Vehicle

The ABC’s of DUI and ARD

No, this is not our foreign language edition – just a peek at what happens to first time offenders caught driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.In Pennsylvania, if you are convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of .10% or… Continue reading

Five Ways to Reduce Your Auto Insurance Bill

If you are like most people, every six months you receive a bill from your insurance company for your car insurance. Most of us simply bite the bullet, pull out the check book and try to forget the experience as soon as possible. Like many… Continue reading

Watch Out For Limited Tort Option

Several years ago the Pennsylvania Legislature amended the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law to provide drivers with the choice of full or limited tort options in their automobile insurance coverage. Things haven’t been quite the same since.Full tort coverage is pretty much what we… Continue reading

New Resident Obtaining Driver’s License and Registration

 Moving presents all sorts of annoyances and hassles.  This is especially the case when one moves to a new state.  As our society becomes more mobile, individuals are more apt to move to another state than their parents.  Because each state has different laws regarding… Continue reading

Beware That Uninsured (Extra) Car

    Do you have a classic or “fair weather” car that sits in the garage all winter?  Do you keep it insured over the winter months, or do you let the insurance lapse or discontinue coverage because the vehicle is not in use?  Careful!… Continue reading

Hybrid Cars: Cost vs. Benefit

    Several months ago we ran an article on the tax benefits available with the purchase of hybrid automobiles, which run on gasoline and electric battery power.                   While there may be certain tax benefits available, the total economic benefit may not be… Continue reading

Pointers on Points – The License You Save May Be Your Own

You need not be nick-named “leadfoot” to get speeding tickets. The police and local officials know that there are roads where everyone exceeds the posted limit. In fact, many roads in our area would be eternally grid-locked if the limits were strictly enforced. However, local… Continue reading

Points to Ponder

As most drivers are aware, Pennsylvania maintains a point system which assigns penalty points to your driving record in the event you are convicted of certain traffic offenses. Generally, the more serious the offense involved, the more points that are assigned. Accumulate enough points, and… Continue reading

Recent DUI Legislation

Governor Rendell has signed new legislation reducing the maximum permissible blood alcohol level (“BAC”) from .10% to .08%. As a result, it will take fewer drinks to send you over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle on Pennsylvania highways. The change in the… Continue reading

Use of Roadblocks by Police; What Role Should They Have?

Some consider sobriety checkpoints an infringement on motorists’ right to privacy, while others consider them a vital tool in the war against drunk driving. Sobriety checkpoints spark heated debate among opponents and proponents, however, the Supreme Court has ruled that they are here to stay.… Continue reading