Teaching Your Teenager Safe Driving Habits

While driving home one evening last week, I found myself stopped in traffic behind a van with two hand-written signs taped to the back: “STUDENT DRIVER BEHIND THE WHEEL” and “THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SYMPATHY.” I chuckled as I remembered learning to drive many years ago, and wondered...

The Value of an Independent Insurance Agent

There are several different types of insurance agents, divided between independent agents and captive agents, and divided into groups based on the type of insurance being sold. There is tremendous value brought to the consumer in the relationship with an independent insurance agent. Independent agents, like ourselves, represent a large group of companies. This allows us to provide the best rates and coverage available to all our clients. Upon reviewing

Underinsured Motorists: What you need to know

Nationally, 1 out of 7 drivers is underinsured. As averages go, some geographical areas are better, while others (usually metropolitan areas) are worse. Do not be lulled into thinking that the state laws have corrected the underinsurance problem. No, when we face difficult economies like we do today, auto insurance is one of the first areas to suffer. In an effort to save money, many people are simply giving up auto insurance all together. If cost is a concern, we can often balance your policy’s coverages differently so

When Rising Water Is Called a Flood

There are floods in the news again… seems incessant. Hurricane Sandy just devastated the New York metropolitan area. Duluth is still working to recover from recent flood damage of trout streams and hiking trails. Though we’ll likely have a reprieve for a few months, flood season will come roaring back shortly after we’re lulled to sleep. Most everyone experiences a surprise “flood” in one situation or another, whether a formally declared flood such as caused by hurricane Sandy, or a swamped basement because a sump pump couldn’t keep up following a spring thunderstorm. There are multiple definitions of what constitutes a “flood.” Some floods are addressed easily by insurance, some are clearly excluded.

Avoiding 5 Common Injuries

It is difficult to eliminate the possibility of all accidents, but a few moments of awareness education, along with diligent planning and follow-through will certainly reduce their likelihood. 1. Wet Floors. Whether from melting snow or ice, rain, or everyday spills, wet floors always pose a hazard. If you operate a...