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Emergency Preparedness Winter Car Kit

Having the proper items in your car during the winter can be the difference between life and death during a critical situation. The items listed below can help provide comfort and save your life. Along with the following items, you’ll want to be sure you have a fully charged phone before hitting the road. This can also save your life should an emergency arise.

The Basic Supplies:

These are the essentials. Remember that along with these basic supplies, you’ll need an adequate amount of gas. It’s important to check that your antifreeze is at the proper level as well.

  • Blankets – Even having one extra blanket can provide much-needed warmth and protection.
  • Extra clothes such as mittens, socks, hats, and jackets
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Bottled water
  • A proper first aid kit with all the supplies that come in it. If you use something in your kit, replace it as soon as you get a chance.
  • Windshield cleaner
  • A simple multi-tool such as a Swiss Army Knife or a Leatherman Tool
  • Road flares or warning triangles

Extra Supplies:

If your area experiences extreme winter weather, it’s a good idea to keep these extra supplies on hand as well.

  • Non-clumping cat litter for gaining traction in the snow
  • A folding shovel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small fire extinguisher (Class B or C for your car)
  • Tire changing essentials such as a jack and lug wrench
  • Paper maps
  • Compass
  • Snacks such as canned nuts or granola bars
  • Ice scraper
  • Tow strap or chain
  • Matches or lighter

 

You can pick from the many options on the market for emergency car kits, or you can take the above listed items and make your own based on your needs. Always remember to check these items and make sure they are still in working order every month. If something needs replaced, do so immediately, as you never know when you may need your emergency kit. Don’t forget to contact Spencer Insurance Agency at (215) 885-2200 or on our website to review your auto insurance policy before you hit the road!

Routine Vehicle Maintenance

Cars are essential to our everyday lives. When you need to head to work or the market, you walk out to your car and expect it to start right up. To keep your car running and avoid potentially costly breakdowns, you should get into the habit of conducting these regular vehicle maintenance tasks.

  1. Change the oil and oil filter. Oil lubricates the engine keeping important parts from grinding against each other. If not changed regularly, oil can also damage your engine by accumulating contaminants and causing friction.
  2. Check your tires monthly. The only thing separating your car from the road is your tires. They must be properly inflated to do their job. To find out how much air pressure your tires should have, find the placard located on the driver’s door jam or look in the owner’s manual.
  3. Regularly inspect all other fluids. Motor oil isn’t the only fluid your car uses to help run properly. Your car has brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, washer fluid, and power steering fluid. You can check the transmission fluid with the dip stick and the all other fluids should be able to be inspected manually by removing the related covers and visually inspecting the levels. (CAUTION: Never remove the radiator cap! You risk being scalded. Check the coolant in the nearby transparent refill container.)

4. Don’t forget the windshield wipers, the battery, and the air filter! If the windows streak or the wipers screech when they are used, replace them. If the battery terminals are showing some corrosion, use a wire brush with a solution of water and baking soda to remove it. Your air filter may need replaced once or twice a year. Check your air filter every time you change the oil.

This is just a short list of vehicle maintenance items. If you are uncomfortable performing these tasks, visit your local auto mechanic. They will be happy to assist you! One last item that should be inspected regularly, your auto insurance policy! Give Spencer Insurance Agency a call at (215) 885-2200 or visit us online at https://spencerinsurance.com/ to review your auto insurance policy.

 

Source: https://www.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/routine-vehicle-maintenance-101-what-you-should-know

 

School is out! Time for that talk with your teen driver . . .

 

Summer brings a break from school and an increase in the time your teen drivers spend in the car.

Here are a couple tips:

  • Spend some time with your teen driver in teaching them how to merge onto an expressway or interstate highway and practice changing lanes. Many of us will travel to vacation spots and use interstate highways. Why not use this as a teaching moment for your teen driver.
  • Set the rules for Teen Driving. Remind them of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations “5 to Drive Rules.”
    1. No cell phones while driving
    2. No extra passengers
    3. No Speeding
    4. No Alcohol
    5. Always buckle up.

 

Most accidents are caused by driver inattention and distraction. Stress safe driving habits with your teen driver. Review the parent/teen contract on our website to set expectations for your teen driver

Check out our “Parents of teen drivers” website for more tips:

  1. Links to the PA, DE and NJ Motor Vehicle departments
  2. Tips and suggestions
  3. Safe teen driver course

Contact us today to make sure you have the coverage you need with a teen driver in your home.

“Why did my car insurance rates go up when I haven’t any accidents or claims?”

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We hear this question often from our clients.  Car insurance rates for all companies have increased over the last few years and I’d like to address some of the reasons:

  • While technology in cars can make them safer on the road, it also adds to the cost to repair the car. My new Camry has five cameras to help me back up and see what is around my car. It also has lane departure warnings and helps navigate me back into the lane. I also have headlights that move as I turn my car.  All these features are great but to repair a bumper or windshield is now a lot more expensive.
  • There are more cars on the road than ever before and with stable gas prices people are driving more. More driving leads to more accidents.
  • Distracted driving. Do I need to say more?  I was on the road the other day when the driver in the car next to me was holding his cell phone to his ear talking with one hand as he drank his coffee using the other hand.  Not sure how he was driving.  It used to be when one of our clients was rear ended at a traffic light they were hit at about 10 MPH. Now due to distracted driving, drivers don’t even realize the light is red and smash into the car in front of them going 40 or 50 MPH. This leads to much more serious claims and higher payments. Over the last three years our agency has had three claims over $500,000 in liability payments.  Fortunately for two of our clients they purchased an umbrella policy that we recommended.

All these factors contribute to the rise in car insurance rates. Our goal at Spencer Insurance Agency is to make sure you are paying a competitive price for your insurance coverage. We review your renewal policy to make sure it is not out of line.  As independent agents we have several companies to choose from for your auto insurance rates.  If you ever feel your rates are too high let us know. We will check it out.  If another company’s rate seems a lot lower please call to discuss the quote with us to make sure you are getting the same coverage.  The “True Cost of Insurance” is not just the premium but also the additional out of pocket costs you incur because you had the wrong coverage.

Contact Spencer Insurance Agency for a second opinion on your car insurance.

 

Fall is here and so are the Spencer Agency’s fall safety tips!

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As summer comes to a close I ask “will we get rid of this rain and humidity.”  I am looking forward to some crisp fall days and seeing the beautiful change of the color of the trees.

But it would not be fall without Spencer’s fall safety tips.   Check these tips out so you can prevent future claims. This fall section has tips on how to prepare your car and home for fall and winter.  It also has some teen driver tips for parents of teen drivers.

       

Lastly, September is Life insurance awareness month so I have some tips on how to protect your family with life insurance.  Tips on what you need to do with your life insurance if you are getting married or divorced. Rachel will tell you why you should not delay purchasing life insurance.

As always just contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  “Your protection and peace of mind is our only business.”

Do you know someone who is a parent of a teen driver . . .

If you have a teen driver continue reading.  If not, forward this message to a friend or family member who is a parent of a teen driver.  You will be doing them a favor.

I remember when my four children were teen drivers. My head was spinning. I had to teach them how to drive safely and pay those high rates for car insurance.  Now that I have grandchildren I look forward to watching my children navigate through this process.

Spencer Insurance has help for parents of teen drivers.  Check out our website designed just for parents of teen drivers.

What is on the website?

  • A list of driving schools – email us if you know another good one.
  • Tips and suggestions
    • Parent – teen driving contract
    • 101 Safe Teen Driving Tips
    • 7 costly mistakes parent make
  • Links to the PA, NJ and DE motor vehicle sites to learn how to get a permit
  • A link to our “Safe Teen Driving Course”

Spencer Insurance understands this is an important and stressful time.  Let us help you navigate through this process.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

“Your Protection and Peace of Mind is our only Business.”

 

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 15-21, 2017

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Spencer Insurance Agency wants to help you, the parents of teen drivers.  This was the reason behind the Spencer Insurance Agency’s Parent of Teen Drivers website.

Here are some statistics in an article by teendriversource.org:

  • 75% of serious teen crashes are due to critical errors such as:
    • Lack of scanning that is needed to detect and respond to hazards
    • Going too fast for road conditions
    • Being distracted by something inside or outside of the car.
  • Two or more peer passengers more than triples the risk of a fatal crash with a teen at the wheel.
  • Seat belts save lives. How many times have we seen local news reports where a passenger was thrown from the back seat of a car because he was not wearing a seat belt?

Spencer Insurance Agency can help the parents of teen drivers in many ways.  We currently have several car insurance companies with very competitive rates for parents with teen drivers in the Philadelphia area. These competitive car insurance rates mean you don’t have to sacrifice coverage to save money on your car insurance premiums.

Spencer Insurance Agency has a website designed for the “Parents of Teen Drivers.”  This website includes:

  • Tips and suggestions for parents of teen drivers
  • Information on some local driving schools
  • Links to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware DMV
  • Link to a Safe Teen Driver Course providing 16 hours of lessons. Most states require parents to drive with their teen drivers for at least 50 hours.  This course will help you in planning 16 of those hours.

Remember, the best way we teach our children to drive safely is by our example. Contact us today to find out more about how Spencer Insurance Agency can help you with your teen drivers.

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Know someone who has a teen driver?

Parents: This Doesn’t Have to be a Stressful Time in Your Life. You Can Keep Your Teen Safe, Avoid Paying High Insurance Rates, and Get Peace of Mind!

I remember when our four children were teenagers and wanted to learn to drive.  UGH!

To be honest my children preferred to be taught to drive by their mother, Tammy.  Truth is Tammy has a lot more patience.  What did Dirty Harry say?  “A man has to know his limitations.  Thank you Tammy!

Spencer Insurance wants to help you!  Did you know Spencer Insurance has a website exclusively for the Parents of Teen Drivers?  Check it out!

This website will provide you:

Let us help you as you train your teen driver to be a safe driver.  Most importantly lead by example.  If you text and use your cell phone while driving what message are you sending your teen driver?

Good luck and call us at 215-885-2200 if we can be of any assistance.

School is back in session so please driver carefully!

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I have been walking my dog in the morning this summer.  It is great to get some exercise for me and Luna.  Now Luna whines to go out as soon as I wake up.  The mornings are getting darker as the sun rises later.  Keep this in mind this week as students go back to school.

Many high schools start early and the students are walking to the bus stop or school in the dark.  Be aware of them.  Allow yourself some extra time to get to work as there will be more congestion now that school is back in session. You may be slowed down by a school bus or students crossing the street.  Be patient.

This is also a good time for parents of teen drivers to check out our website designed just for the parents of teen drivers. Parents need to continue to train their teen drivers even after they get their license.  Make sure they understand the “rules of the house” in regards to driving your car.  Do you have a teen/parent contract?  Do they know the consequences of their actions?  Will they pay your deductible if they have an accident? Spell this out today in a teen/parent contract.  Parent’s need to educate their teen drivers on how car insurance works.

Check out our website designed for the parents of teen drivers to get more tips, links to your state’s motor vehicle department, a list of some driver’s training schools and much more.

Please be careful driving now that school is back in session.

Have a Teen Driver? This summer is the time to brush up on their driving skills!

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When teen drivers get a permit, parents spend many hours training their teen drivers. As parents we want to make sure our teens are safe when driving and develop safe driving skills.

Many parents stop training their teen after they get their license.  Why???  Summer is a great time to drive with your teen driver to observe their driving habits and help them develop new driving skills.  When we vacationed in Maine or New Hampshire I would let my teen drivers take over the wheel while on the interstates and rural roads.  We don’t have a lot of rural roads around our neighborhood so having them drive in New Hampshire and Maine sharpened their driving skills.

So if you are down the shore, up in the mountains or in another state make sure you let your teen drivers take over the wheel and get some experience.  Help them develop new safe driving skills.

Try this all times of the year.  In the Fall we have slippery roads due to falling leaves, in the winter there is snow and ice.  Take them out during these times even if just in a parking lot to learn how to drive in these conditions.

Check out our many tips in our Parents of Teen Drivers Website.  Call us at 215-885-2200 if you have any questions or would like a second opinion on your car or home insurance costs and coverage.