Archive for May, 2016

Make Your Home Safer

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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Keep your home safer by replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Most people spend a lot of time at home, so it makes sense that most accidents occur in the home. However, many people don’t spend a lot of time actively trying to make their homes safer. Ask yourself: how can I make my home a safer place? Wachter Insurance has a few tips to try to make your home safer. (more…)

How to Stay Safe in Work Zones

Friday, May 27th, 2016
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Remember to slow down and be cautious in work zones, not only for the workers safety, but for your own safety, too.

As the weather has gotten nicer, you’ve probably noticed a lot more road construction. It can be annoying when you’re slowed down on your way to work, but it’s important that you practice safe driving habits when passing work zones. Driving slowly and paying close attention to signs can mean the difference in getting through the work zone safely and accidentally rear-ending the car in front of you. Here are some tips for getting yourself through a work zone safely. (more…)

Motorcycle Thefts are on the Rise

Friday, May 20th, 2016
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A disc lock such as this one can serve as a deterrent to motorcycle theft.

If you own a motorcycle, you’re likely excited to take it out on a spin on these sunny spring afternoons. However, you should practice extra caution when you’re not cruising on your bike. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), motorcycle thefts increased six percent last year, which is the first time motorcycle thefts have increased in the last decade. A total of 45,555 motorcycles were reported stolen last year. So, when you are storing your motorcycle, it’s a good idea to take extra steps to prevent tempting a thief. (more…)

The Benefits of Driving Stick Shift

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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Driving stick shift has its advantages.

Most people these days are accustomed to driving vehicles with automatic transmissions. A car with an automatic transmission is easy to learn and gives you less to think about when driving. However, there is a reason that many people still continue to prefer driving stick shift. If you are considering buying a car with a manual transmission, here are a few things to consider. (more…)

How to Protect Against Dog Bites

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Some dogs are friendly to their owners but threatened by strangers. Make sure you ask before petting a dog you don’t know.

39 percent of American households own a pet dog. However, there are 4.7 million dog bites every year. Our cuddly canine friends are our stalwart companions and members of our families. However, according to Mychelle Blake, a certified animal behavior consultant with with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), “Even normally well-behaved dogs may bite if they feel nervous or threatened.” This is why it’s important to know the signs that a dog is feeling threatened and to know how to handle the situation safely. (more…)