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Handling a Total Loss

You probably get into your car every day without giving much thought to having an accident.  But with more traffic on the roads and more distracted drivers, it’s no surprise that auto accidents are continuing to rise.  If you get into a car accident and your car is deemed a total loss, will you know what to do?  Handling a total loss does not need to be confusing and as stressful if you know what to do and the basis of how a total loss is determined.  In fact, the more you know the faster you can get back on the road! With the soaring costs of auto parts and labor to fix damaged vehicles, [...]

Handling a Total Loss2021-02-18T15:42:05-05:00

Are Your Valuables Adequately Protected?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that means you may be on the receiving or giving end of some beautiful jewelry pieces.  Your gifts of past and present are treasured and the thought of losing these pieces or having them stolen would be devastating. Your grandmothers pearl necklace, the emerald ring gifted to you by your spouse, or any other beloved valuable(s) you have are all meaningful and cherished.  Imagine something happening to these prized possessions and then ask yourself whether your valuables are adequately protected. True Story Nobody likes to consider the unimaginable, but it’s time you do!  Home break-ins happen all too often, leaving the victim(s) violated and threatened, not to mention heartbroken [...]

Are Your Valuables Adequately Protected?2021-02-08T13:16:42-05:00

Are You Protected from an Earthquake?

If you are a resident of North Carolina, you don’t have to worry about experiencing an earthquake, right? Wrong! Just this past August, Sparta encountered an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 that literally “shook” those in Sparta and others as far as 300 miles away.  If you never thought about insurance protection for earthquakes, maybe you should reconsider.  Now you know earthquakes don’t just happen in California.  Any state can experience this sort of disaster and you need to be prepared for when it does.  Will you be protected from an earthquake if it strikes again? Homeowners Insurance Excludes Coverage for Damages Caused by an Earthquake Many people think their N.C. homeowners insurance policy will cover their [...]

Are You Protected from an Earthquake?2021-01-30T08:34:09-05:00

Your Homeowners Insurance Rate and How it is Calculated

If you are a homeowner, you understand the importance of protecting your investment with the right type of homeowners insurance, but when you pay your homeowners premium, do you ever wonder how that amount was established?  Keep in mind that while many insurance companies may rate differently, they all have some common variables that you should know that may shed light on your N.C. homeowners insurance rate and how it is calculated. 7 Rating Factors That May Impact Your Homeowners Insurance Premium If you are already a homeowner or in the market to purchase a home, then you may be surprised to find that you may pay more or less on your insurance premium than [...]

Your Homeowners Insurance Rate and How it is Calculated2021-01-30T08:35:53-05:00

5 Ways to Get the Lowest Rates on Trucking Insurance

Whether your trucking business is seasoned or a new venture, trucking insurance will be one of your greatest expenses. And unfortunately, rates continue to rise. So, how do you keep your insurance expenses down for the long haul? Here are 5 ways to get the lowest rates on trucking insurance. Maintain Clean Driving Records- Your drivers can make a huge impact on your trucking insurance premiums. Insurance companies know that claim settlements resulting from trucking accidents can be astronomical. Statistically, a driving record with just one traffic violation will lead to an increased probability of claims from accidents. Before hiring a driver, run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) so you won’t be surprised when your [...]

5 Ways to Get the Lowest Rates on Trucking Insurance2020-05-08T08:37:32-05:00

CDL License(s) and How to Obtain It

If you are in the trucking industry or interested in pursuing a career driving a commercial vehicle/truck, you will probably be required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, otherwise known as CDL.  As a truck driver, you are in the business of hauling and transporting goods across the United States and while this profession comes with its own share of inherent risks on the roadways, it can be quite profitable.  However, before you get started, you need to find out about CDL license(s) and how to obtain it.    Steps Required to Obtain a CDL License(s)     There are some required steps required to obtain your CDL license; however, keep in mind there are some [...]

CDL License(s) and How to Obtain It2020-03-27T17:59:28-05:00

CDL Licenses and Categorizations

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is a type of driving license required to operate commercial motor vehicles including passenger buses, tractor trailers, and semi-trucks, to name a few.  If you are preparing for a career in the transport business on the road, you are most likely required to obtain your CDL before you can begin.  There are varying types of CDL licenses and categorizations regarding the types of vehicles you are permitted to operate, and they are Class A, Class B, and Class C.  Furthermore, the classifications are determined by the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) along with other features. As you can imagine, operating commercial motor vehicles requires specialized skills and comes with [...]

CDL Licenses and Categorizations2020-03-14T08:58:11-05:00

The Correlation Between SAFER and FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the chief federal government agency that focuses on and regulates transportation in the United States.  Their mission emphasizes safety on the roadways involving commercial trucking companies, commercial motor vehicles, buses and those driving with a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).  Part of the FMCSA’s job includes overseeing, handling, and providing the information in Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER). Hence, the basic correlation between SAFER and FMCSA. The material available in SAFER’s links comes from data that is founded and provided by the FMCSA and typically include the following areas for review when providing insurance: Licensing and Insurance- The Licensing and Insurance links have information from the OP1 [...]

The Correlation Between SAFER and FMCSA2020-01-06T20:04:59-05:00

Insuring Flatbed Trailers

While there are many perks of using flatbed trucks and trailers (no special constrictions, easy access, easy to secure cargo as opposed to securing cargo in a four-walled truck) there are just as many inherent risks involved that need to be addressed when considering the insurance protection you need.  Find out what you should know about insuring flatbed trucks and trailers. Driving a flatbed truck means driving and hauling cargo in an opened area which poses a higher risk for liability compared to other trucks on the road.  Whether you hit potholes, have to stop suddenly in congested traffic, or you fail to properly tie down the cargo, accidents can happen; hence the need for [...]

Insuring Flatbed Trailers2020-03-04T11:15:13-05:00

What College Students Should Know If Involved in an Auto Accident

Preparing for your son or daughter to go to college comes with many concerns so parents must formulate a plan of action to address certain responsibilities.  Being a college student means your child will now be living independently.  One of your biggest concerns for him/her may involve driving safely and how to handle the consequences of being involved in a car accident.  Before your son/daughter leaves for college, find out what college students should know if involved in an auto accident. Your college student has been enrolled in college for several months now and so far, has not been involved in any type of auto accidents, but THEN you get the phone call.  Your child [...]

What College Students Should Know If Involved in an Auto Accident2020-01-06T20:01:31-05:00
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