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Are you one of the many who makes New Year’s resolutions each year? 

If you’re like most people, you usually resolve to enhance your health or your appearance, and those are admirable goals.

But if you’re ready for something fresh – something that will polish your skills and keep you safe at the same time, then consider gearing this year’s resolutions around becoming a better driver.

To make it a little easier for you, click on READ MORE below for some suggested resolutions to keep you safe on the road...

Although you might already have many of the following habits of safe driving, perhaps there are a few that you can commit to this year.

Observe the speed limit – Statistics show that about a third of fatal auto accidents show speeding as a cause. So allow enough time for your trip, and remember that these limits are based on what traffic will bear in a given area of the road – not to inconvenience you.

Avoid tailgating – Allow your speed to determine your following distance -- the higher your speed, the more room you’ll need to stop behind the car just ahead.  Beware if you’re following a slow driver since they might be distracted and could make an unexpected move.

Signal before making a turn – Your car’s turn signals are the only way to communicate with others sharing the road with you. Make it a habit to use your blinkers even if no other cars are around. That way, you’ll remember to do it when it really counts.

Don’t run the red light – Even if you are alone at the intersection, come to a complete stop and wait for the green light. Even then, before proceeding, check the cross traffic to be sure they are stopped.  How many times have you heard someone say, “I didn’t see them coming?”

Never Drive impaired – If you’ve been drinking alcohol or you are tired, drowsy or ill, don’t get behind the wheel and put yourself and others on the road at risk.

Avoid all distractions – Studies have shown that, when distracted, you are as much at risk as a drunk driver, and that applies to all types of distraction -- whether it’s adjusting the radio or GPS, talking to passengers, or most especially texting or using your cell phone.

Never fail to buckle up – It only takes a second, but it’s potentially life-saving for you and your passengers. And in most states it’s the law.

Secure your passengers – Before starting the car, be sure that all passengers are buckled up. Properly secure young children (under age 8) in the appropriate car seat for their size and age. Seat all children under age 12 in the back seat.

Take care of your vehicle - If your car is not in good condition, you can’t rely on it to perform as expected. Routine and regular maintenance such as regular tune-ups and tire checks will keep your car running well.

Be a defensive driver – Pay attention to what other vehicles around you are doing at all times and drive accordingly. Anticipating what the other drivers are going to do will let you adjust if a car makes an unexpected  move.

 

Auto Insurance Tip

Will you be carpooling in the new year?  Whether you'll be driving the neighborhood kids to or from school, sharing the drive to work with coworkers or something else, your auto liability insurance should reflect the increased risk of additional passengers in the automobile. And if you'll be compensated for your driving, there are extra coverage issued to sort out.  Check with your insurance agent to be sure your insurance coverage is adequate well in advance the need to file a claim.  

The scope of your insurance coverage and options depend entirely upon the policy and the insurance company providing it.  This website is not intended to advise, offer or bind coverage.  You should always discuss your insurance issues with professionals such as a licensed and qualified insurance agent before making any decisions or choosing a course of action.  Ewing Hines & Associates is a full-service insurance agency offering auto insurance for your vehicle, home insurance for homeowners, renters and condo dwellers, business/commercial insurance and life insurance to all of Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA), Washington DC since 1960. Our experienced insurance agents at our office in Kensington, MD welcome your inquiries and are glad to discuss your coverage needs at any time.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 12:50

When we think of Halloween, we think of costumes, trick-or-treating and celebration – one night when the streets are filled with ghosts, goblins, superheroes and more.

If you’ve made sure to provide the best flame-retardant costume, comfortable shoes, a flashlight and the warning not to eat anything until all the candy is checked, you might feel that all is well. But actually, there are a few other considerations that you might be forgetting.

After dark on the streets of your neighborhood, there are threats to those traveling through your neighborhood as well as your children. In their article, "4 Lesser-Known Halloween Safety Tips" Erie Insurance offers some advice that will help you have an even safer Halloween experience.

Read the entire article at Erie Insurance...>

Insurance Tip for Halloween
After dark on Halloween, you could be at risk as a homeowner if an accident occurs on your property. Likewise as a driver, you'll need to be especially aware of all the pedestrians.  Before the bewitching date, you'll want to check with your insurance agent to be sure that you are fully covered and protected with the right homeowners insurance and auto insurance to meet your needs.  

The scope of your insurance coverage and options depend entirely upon the policy and the insurance company providing it.  This website is not intended to advise, offer or bind coverage.  You should always discuss your insurance issues with professionals such as a licensed and qualified insurance agent before making any decisions or choosing a course of action.  Ewing Hines 7 Associates is a full-service insurance agency offering auto insurance for your vehicle, home insurance for homeowners, renters and condo dwellers, business/commercial insurance and life insurance to all of Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA), Washington DC since 1960. Our experienced insurance agents at our office in Kensington, MD welcome your inquiries and are glad to discuss your coverage needs at any time.

 

Monday, 22 October 2018 10:01

Before long temperatures will likely fall into the single digits and snow could bring our daily routine to a standstill here in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. It’s not only unwise but unsafe to be unprepared for weather problems this winter. Be a smart driver -- brush up on these common sense rules for safe winter driving.

  1. Even if you didn't prepare for winter before this  wet, cold or icy weather by performing a complete vehicle check-up, do it now. Your auto tech will tell you that winter conditions present the greatest challenge to your vehicle’s operating efficiency.
  2. Move your vehicle into the open to let it warm up so that you avoid exhaust build-up in your garage.
  3. Check your tires frequently for proper inflation. If your vehicle owner’s manual does not specify, then ask your automotive technician about the proper inflation level.
  4. Make it a practice to keep your fuel tank at least half-full – both to prevent gas-line freeze and to ensure that you won’t likely run out of fuel in an emergency.
  5. If possible, don’t drive in bad weather; and if you must drive, try to be well rested and wait until snow plows and sand trucks have cleared the roads.
  6. When driving on wet, snowy or icy roads, avoid using cruise control or overdrive.  Both detract from your full control of the vehicle in possible slippery conditions.
  7. Use your seat belt and make sure that your seat and mirrors are properly adjusted for best visibility.  Wear sunglasses to reduce glare.
  8. Don’t use your parking brake in cold or inclement weather, if at all possible.
  9. If you experience skidding on slippery roads, always take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you want to go to recover from the skid.

One more essential:  Keep a Winter Driving Kit in your vehicle and stock it with: a bag of sand, salt or kitty litter, ice scraper, paper towels, shovel, snow brush, warning flares, window-washing fluid, a flash light, booster cables, a blanket, gloves and a cellular phone. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared for an emergency.

The key to safe winter driving is to plan ahead, know your vehicle and adapt to the weather and road conditions.

 

Monday, 12 November 2018 10:00

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