Consumer Reports September 2015: Car Insurance

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auto-insurance-policyCheck out this information in the September issue of Consumer Reports:

Car Insurance

Trying to find the best car insurance rate can be a difficult, confusing process. Have you ever wondered how car insurance rates are set? Check out the article “The Truth About Car Insurance” for more information.


The second article in this series, “How Your Hospital Can Make You Sick,” notes that every year around 648,000 people in the U.S. develop an infection during a hospital stay, and that 75,000 of them die. Two charts list the hospitals with the highest and lowest ratings for infection prevention. The article also continues the discussion on antibiotics.

Tips for a Safer Bathroom

As people age, making their homes safer will become a priority. Every year, around 235,000 people end up in the emergency room with injuries suffered in their bathrooms. Do you want to upgrade your bathroom, but don’t want it to look like a hospital? Check out the article “A Bathroom for the Ages,” with information on easy face-lifts for your bathroom, and ratings for sinks, toilets and countertops.

Snack Food

According to a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, ninety percent of adults eat a snack during the day. But are these snacks good for you–even the ones that are advertised as being “better for you?” The “Welcome to Snack Nation” article discusses daily eating strategies–whether it’s best to graze during the day, eat numerous small meals, or eat several large meals.

More in This Issue

  • Ratings for laptops
  • Ratings for child car seats
  • Ratings for laundry detergents
  • Article on the best smartphones for seniors
  • Article on robocalls and information on robocall-blocking devices
  • Streaming video services–how to choose between Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu

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