Safe Summer Driving Tips

How to be safe driving this summer

The summer vacation season is in full swing and it is the busiest time of year on the roads. Following some simple safe summer driving tips will keep you and your family safe on the roads.

Family-packed cars, motorcycles, trucks, campers, trailer-hauling vehicles and bicyclists are all competing for a piece of the highway. With all that extra traffic, drivers must be extra vigilant and patient.

Most would think driving in the summer is much safer and serene compared to winter. But, the fact is August has the highest traffic fatality rate of any month. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 3,136 crash-related deaths in August, 2013 with July and September close behind with more than 2,900 accident fatalities.

Remember, if you are involved in a crash, it affects your auto insurance rates, particularly if you are at fault. Taking extra precautions to drive safely will help get you through the summer season incident-free. Here are some safe summer driving tips from InsuranceHotLine.com:

  1. Safe driving practices – With increased traffic volume, safe driving practices become particularly important. In addition to regular local traffic, there are many tourists hitting the roads that may be in unfamiliar territory. Stay alert for vehicles that may make a sudden turn or lane change. Leave plenty of room behind the vehicle you are following, obey speed limits, avoid frequent land changes and use directional signals when turning.
  2. Bikes and motorcycles – Watch for cyclists and motorcyclists on the roadways. The summer months bring them out on the roads in droves. Bikes and motorcycles often move fast and can be hard to see. They also may make sudden, unexpected turns. As a motorist, you may not be expecting them.
  3. Keep a clear view – When packing your car for a vacation or road trip, don’t sacrifice your field of vision trying to squeeze in extra supplies inside. Consider using a utility trailer or roof rack. Make sure anything on the outside of the car is secured. Make sure you can clearly see your mirrors and through all the windows. If your windows are blocked, you could be fined for having an obstructed view.
  4. Buckle up – You have heard this time and again – buckle up! Make sure you and all your passengers have their seatbelts secured. Infants and young children should be in a child seat. It has been proven that seatbelts really save lives. If your vehicle is involved in a crash or rolls over, the seatbelt will keep you from being ejected. Occupants not buckled up are more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a crash than those not wearing seatbelts.
  5. Road work – Road construction typically takes place during the summers months. This results in closed lanes and traffic tie-ups. Use caution and reduce your speed when driving through a work zone and be alert for construction equipment that may move into your lane. Most states double fines for speeding through road construction zones. Also, remember to obey the move over law that requires drivers to move over to the next lane if there is an emergency vehicle at the side of the road.
  6. Teen drivers – When school is out for the summer, more teen drivers hit the roads. Sadly, more teen drivers on the road can mean more danger for the rest of us. The unavoidable lack of experience can lead to questionable judgment that can increase the risk of an accident. Data shows that teens are more likely to be involved in accidents than other age groups.

Following these safe summer driving tips and keeping your car properly maintained will keep you and your passengers safe for an enjoyable summer.

If you are in need of an insurance agent or are looking to find out what your insurance options are for your home, auto, health or business please contact me.

Lois Drukman
Independent Insurance Broker
Walter J. May Insurance Agency Inc., Hingham, MA
Direct: 781-740-5421 Cell: 617-827-6848
Email: ldrukman@waltermayinsurance.com

So What About The Law [Radio Broadcast August 2016]

“So what about that law?” Radio Show

Sunday 10:30 AM WATD 95.9 FM

Lois Drukman, my insurance broker, and the show’s Health, Auto and Home Insurance expert co hosted. We discussed the law as it relates to insurance.

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If you are in need of an insurance agent or are looking to find out what your insurance options are for your home, auto, health or business please contact me.

Lois Drukman
Independent Insurance Broker
Walter J. May Insurance Agency Inc., Hingham, MA
Direct: 781-740-5421 Cell: 617-827-6848
Email: ldrukman@waltermayinsurance.com

Happy Independence Day

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July!

 

If you are in need of an insurance agent or are looking to find out what your insurance options are for your home, auto, health or business please contact me.

Lois Drukman
Independent Insurance Broker
Walter J. May Insurance Agency Inc., Hingham, MA
Direct: 781-740-5421 Cell: 617-827-6848
Email: ldrukman@waltermayinsurance.com

 

Safe Driving Tips for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer vacation season and is typically the busiest for traffic where millions of families hit the road. More traffic means more chances of accidents. In 2012, the holiday weekend claimed more than 370 lives on the roads as a result of crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The American Red Cross and NHTSA offer these safe driving tips to help protect you and your family while traveling.

  1. Stay alert – Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones. Drink water to avoid dehydration.
  2. Buckle Up – Everyone in your vehicle must agree to wear their seatbelts every time they are riding or driving with you. Wearing a seatbelt is also the best defense against a drunk-driving related crash. Make sure children’s car and booster seats are properly installed.
  3. Rest up – Get plenty of rest before you begin your adventure. It will help you stay more alert.
  4. Allow extra travel time – Expect delays and leave early for your destination in order to avoid being frustrated by congested roads. Frustration leads to aggressive driving that can result in a crash. Don’t run yellow or red lights and leave plenty of room behind the vehicles you’re following.
  5. Avoid alcohol – Alcohol and driving can be a deadly mix. It reduces your reflexes and cognitive actions. Every day, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in an alcohol-related crash.
  6. Make frequent stops – This helps avoid fatigue and keeps you more alert. Have a snack or a light lunch during the stop. Stretch your legs and walk around a bit.
  7. Check your tires – Improperly inflated tires can lead to a blowout, especially driving for long period of time on a hot road. Check the placard on your vehicle driver’s door for the proper inflation rate. Also, check the condition and inflation of your spare tire.
  8. Keep it clean – Make sure your windshield and lights are clean. Not only can the outside of the windshield get dirty, so does the inside where a cloudy haze often forms and can impede night vision. Take a roll of paper towels and window cleaner with you.
  9. Use caution in work zones – There are many road construction projects underway. Speed limits are usually reduced in these zones. Also, remember the “Move Over Law.” If you see a police cruiser stopped at the side of the highway, you are required to move over to the next lane.
  10. Don’t leave kids unattended – Even if you’re running into a store for just a few minutes, children should never be left alone in a vehicle.
  11. Keep an eye on the gas gauge – Don’t let your gas tank get too low. There are some areas where gas stations can be many miles apart. A good rule of thumb is not to let the gauge go below half.

Many families take their pets with them. Consider your pet’s age and health before taking him or her along for the ride. If you do take your pet with you, make sure you bring food and bowls, a leash, and medication. It’s also a good idea to bring along a picture of your pet in case it gets loose.

Being properly prepared for the long holiday weekend trip can make it not only fun, but safe.

If you are in need of an insurance agent or are looking to find out what your insurance options are for your home, auto, health or business please contact me.

Lois Drukman
Independent Insurance Broker
Walter J. May Insurance Agency Inc., Hingham, MA
Direct: 781-740-5421 Cell: 617-827-6848
Email: ldrukman@waltermayinsurance.com

So What About The Law [Radio Broadcast April 2016]

“So what about that law?” Radio Show

Sunday 10:30 AM WATD 95.9 FM

April 3rd, 2016:    Lois Drukman , the shows expert on insurance and I discussed the importance of :naming a Health Care Agent, having life insurance and helpful tips to reduce your insurance premiums.

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Auto insurance myths

Auto insurance covers items stolen from your car. If your car is totaled in a crash, the insurance covers what it is worth after the crash. Your auto insurance pays for mechanical repairs.

Many believe these are covered by auto insurance. In fact, they are not. They are common auto insurance myths. According to PropertyCasualty360.com, Princeton Survey Research Associates International conducted a survey for insuranceQuotes.com in 2015 to find out how misinformed consumers are about their auto insurance. Their findings were surprising.

InsuranceQuotes.com senior analyst Laura Adams said that the survey results “indicate that millions of Americans need a fresher course on what insurance does and does not cover.” Check with your insurance agent to clarify what your policy covers and whether you need to add or drop some coverage.

The five common auto insurance myths are:

  1. Red cars cost the most to insure – The survey showed that 44 percent of respondents believed that driving a red car would cost more to insure. The fact is the color of the vehicle does not affect insurance premiums. However, the type of vehicle does, such as a luxury import sports car would cost more to insurance than a standard American vehicle.
  2. 2. Auto insurance doesn’t cover you if you cause a crash – Thirty-seven percent (52 percent of those millennials) believe that auto insurance wouldn’t cover them if they are at fault in a collision. This may be due to the fact some consumers only have liability coverage which pays for damage to someone else’s property if they are the cause of the crash. Liability coverage does not pay to replace or repair the insurer’s own vehicle.

The fact is liability insurance is required coverage in most states while collision is optional and pays for damage to an insured’s own vehicle, even if they are at fault in a crash. It’s a good idea to carry uninsured/underinsured coverage that pays for damage and injuries caused by a driver who has no insurance or is underinsured.

  1. Insurance only covers what the vehicle is worth after a crash – Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed believed that insurance only pays for the post-crash value of their vehicle. Another 12 percent didn’t know what the insurance covered. The fact is auto insurance pays the market value of a new vehicle before the crash. Some policies offer new-car replacement that pays the cost of what the vehicle would be before depreciation. Liberty Mutual, for example, offers coverage for vehicles less than a year-old and have been driven less than 15,000 miles. It’s an endorsement and obviously is an added fee to the policy.

Consumers should consider gap insurance if they owe more than the vehicle is worth. This coverage pays off the remaining balance on the loan if the vehicle is totaled.

  1. Auto insurance covers mechanical repairs – Fourteen percent of respondents believed that their auto insurance would pay for mechanical repairs. Also believing this to be true were 23 percent of Millennials and those who make less than $30,000 a year. The fact is auto insurance does not pay for routine mechanical repairs. The insurance only covers damage caused by a collision.
  2. Auto insurance covers items stolen from your car – Thirty-four percent of respondents believe auto insurance would pay for belongings stolen from their car. Forty-seven percent of those 64 years old and older also believed this to be true. The fact is auto insurance does not cover stolen items from vehicles. Homeowners and renters insurance, however, would cover items stolen from vehicles as long as the items are worth more than the deductible. As an example, if a laptop was stolen from the car and it was worth $2,000 and the policy has a $500 deductible, the insured would receive a check for $1,500.

Your insurance agent is the best source to tell you what is “myth” or “fact” when it comes to your auto insurance. Have your agent go over your policy with you to see if you have the right insurance coverage.

If you are in need of an insurance agent or are looking to find out what your insurance options are for your home, auto, health or business please contact me.

Lois Drukman
Independent Insurance Broker
Walter J. May Insurance Agency Inc., Hingham, MA
Direct: 781-740-5421 Cell: 617-827-6848
Email: ldrukman@waltermayinsurance.com

So What About The Law [Radio Broadcast March 2016]

“So what about that law?” Radio Show

Sunday 10:30 AM WATD 95.9 FM

March 6th, 2016:    Lois Drukman, my insurance broker, and the show’s Health, Auto and Home Insurance expert co hosted. We discussed the law as it relates to insurance.

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So What About The Law [Radio Broadcast February 2016]

“So what about that law?” Radio Show

Sunday 10:30 AM WATD 95.9 FM

February 7th, 2016:    Lois Drukman, my insurance broker, and the show’s Health, Auto and Home Insurance expert co hosted. We discussed the Atty. General’s dispute with the Pharmaceutical industry, and social host liability.

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Cyber safety tips for your business

In this digital age, small businesses, like their larger counterparts, store data about operations, customers and employees. Much of this information is sensitive. With the growing risk of data breaches, it is critical that a cyber security plan be in place to keep your business cyber safe.

 
Cyberattacks or losing data can jeopardize a business’s reputation and operation. Business owners are responsible to keep their digital data safe to protect not only their employees and customers, but the business operation as well. Here are some guidelines to help protect your business from hackers and data loss and keep your digital information cyber safe.

 
1. Protect computers and information – The best defense against online threats such as malware and viruses is having the latest cybersecurity antivirus software installed on your business computers. You can set the antivirus system to run periodic scans that detect online threats. It is also important to install updates to the antivirus system so that it can detect the latest threats to help keep your computers safe. Also, keeping your web browser and computer operating system updated as well can help thwart threats.

 
2. Backup data – All digital information should be backed up on a regular basis. Such files include customer and employee privacy information, receivables/payables, databases and financial accounts. The backed up information is best securely stored in the cloud or offsite with a reliable storage firm.

 
4. Change passwords – You and your employees should change passwords for computers and accounts logins every few months. A good practice is to have a multi-tiered authentication where at least two sets of unique passwords are required to login to computers and accounts. Ask the financial institution who handles your financial accounts and vendors who have access to your sensitive information if they employ multi-tiered password logins.

 
5. Keep mobile devices secured – Company laptops, tablets and cell phones have access to sensitive business information and it is imperative these devices are protected. Your business information should be encrypted and each employee who uses the devices should have their own unique password.
6. Train employees – Your employees should be trained about cyber security such as not opening suspicious emails and attachments. Control employee access to certain information and accounts.

 
7. Secure your Wi-Fi – Keep your business Wi-Fi secured. Shut off or change the Service Set Identifier (SSID). This is the unique 32 character identifier that is broadcast by the Wi-Fi router. If this is not secured, a hacker can gain access to your Wi-Fi network.

 
Keep alert to all your digital accounts and investigate anything that looks suspicious. Your employees should also be vigilant to any changes or strange activity on your business computer system such as unusual software installations, changed passwords, or disabled antimalware. These are sure signs that your system has been hacked.

 
Having a cyberattack response team set up is the best and efficient way to respond to a data breach. If a breach is suspected, immediately secure the computer system. Then, conduct a thorough investigation and notify police if warranted. Determine if any liability needs to be addressed and mitigate any consequences.

 

If you are in need of an insurance agent or are looking to find out what your insurance options are for your home, auto, health or business please contact me.

Lois Drukman
Independent Insurance Broker
Walter J. May Insurance Agency Inc., Hingham, MA
Direct: 781-740-5421 Cell: 617-827-6848
Email: ldrukman@waltermayinsurance.com

So What About The Law [Radio Broadcast January 2016]

Latest Radio Broadcast

“So what about that law?” Radio Show

Sunday 10:30 AM WATD 95.9 FM

January 3, 2016:     Lois Drukman, Home, Auto, Health Insurance Agent,  co hosted the show and we discussed how to avoid penalties for not having health insurance and how to save some money on your health insurance options.

Here’s the link to listen…

https://soundcloud.com/sowhataboutthatlaw/so-what-about-that-law-january-3-2016