Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

So you’re taking a trip this holiday season. Good for you! You deserve some time away with family and friends.

Besides having a great time, your top priority on vacation should be keeping yourself and your fellow travelers safe. We’ve come up with a list of helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Research your destination before you leave. For example, if you’re traveling to a country with unsafe drinking water, it’s important to know this beforehand to avoid becoming ill.
  • If traveling abroad, make multiple copies of your passport. Keep one at home and bring a few on your trip.
  • Keep your actual passport in the safe in your hotel room.
  • If you’re traveling with children, make sure to never leave them unsupervised.
  • If you’re visiting a place where people speak an unfamiliar language, travel with a guide of the language’s important phrases.
  • Do not flaunt any cash or credit cards in public.
  • Make sure to regularly apply sunscreen or bug spray if your vacation spot is known for its hot sun or insects.
  • Be respectful of the culture of the country you are visiting.
  • Purchase travel insurance before you leave for your trip. Travel insurance can help you avoid the high costs of an unexpected flight cancellation, a medical emergency, and more.

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Stay safe and enjoy your holiday vacation!

Winter and Cars: A Dangerous Mix

Winter is coming, so it’s time to consider an important question: How can you stay safe while driving during one of the most dangerous times to be on the road?

There are plenty of precautions you can take to protect yourself from the harsh conditions you’ll likely face behind the wheel this winter. Here’s some to keep in mind:

  • Before driving, utilize a snow brush and ice scraper to prevent anything from falling on your windshield or side mirrors while driving.
  • Make sure your vehicle is completely defrosted prior to pulling out of your driveway.
  • Driving slow is the way to go during a winter storm (but the best option is staying home, if possible).
  • If you must drive in a storm, try to take a back road rather than the highway.
  • Don’t attempt to drive through a storm without a full gas tank, proper oil levels and a charged cell phone.
  • Don’t get too close to the person in front of you–it’s not always easy to see ice on the road, which can unexpectedly propel you forward.
  • Try to leave the party a little earlier than usual since darkness arrives sooner in the winter.
  • Drinking and driving should never be mixed, but winter conditions make this combination even more deadly.
  • Keep a blanket and warm clothes in your car in the event you get stranded or your car unexpectedly stops running.
  • Driving during the winter can be stressful, but taking the proper safeguards can make accidents and other unfortunate situations less likely. Stay safe this winter!

Things that are Scarier than Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, which means scary things are lurking. After all, what could be more frightening than witches, clowns, and other creepy characters banging on your door asking for candy?

We can think of a few things.

Imagine that in the midst of entertaining trick-or-treaters, your dog devours a pile of chocolate that you accidentally dropped on the floor. A few hours later, he requires immediate medical attention.

Imagine that you awaken at 2:00 A.M. Halloween night to rowdy teenagers throwing rocks at your brand new car. You run outside and find that your vehicle is badly damaged.

Imagine that you are all set to leave for a vacation to Aruba, just to wake up to a November 1st blizzard. The storm leads to the cancellation of your flight.

All of these situations sound pretty scary, right? They get even scarier if you don’t have insurance.

Purchasing insurance allows for peace of mind when life decides to stress you out. The situations mentioned above are far from ideal, but they are manageable when you have pet insurance to cover your dog’s medical bills, auto insurance to cover your car, and travel insurance to cover the financial loss of your trip.

You have the power to protect yourself from some scary situations that could take place this month (maybe not from the clowns, though), so make it a priority to review your insurance needs with one of our licensed agents today!

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