November 13, 2022

Tips For Safe Winter Driving

When it comes to driving this winter with early darkness and bad weather remember these tips: Be alert to the conditions of the weather. Slow down if it is rainy or icy. You may not know that the pavement is compromised and landing on an ice patch can cause you to skid. If you do, turn the wheels in the direction of the skid until you straighten up. Increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. Use low beam headlights during a snow storm as high beam tend to reflect light and obstruct the vison of oncoming traffic. Keep your windows clean inside and out and make sure your wiper blades are new or in good condition for what winter weather brings. Remember to check your car maintenance for the proper antifreeze level in your radiator, good tire tread and air pressure, and a full gas […]
November 11, 2022

Yard Work Safety

Let’s Keep Our Lawns – and Ourselves – Safe For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don’t let your landscaping efforts land you in the hospital! Follow these handy safety tips. Tool safety tips from the U.S. CPSC Dress appropriately. To protect yourself from debris when using lawn tools, wear eye protection, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, close-fitting clothes and no jewelry. Sturdy shoes are recommended, and ear plugs may be appropriate depending on how loud the device is. Before starting, remove objects from your work area that could cause injury or damage, such as sticks, glass or stones. Keep children indoors and supervised […]
November 11, 2022

Protecting your Valuables

When it comes to valuables, homeowners insurance alone may not be enough. As a valued client we want to help you protect the valuable items that you’ve worked so hard to acquire. When it comes to valuables, homeowners insurance alone may not be enough. We want to help you protect your valuables from losses that may not be protected under a typical home insurance policy. Plan Ahead To Protect High-Value Items Valuable Items coverage as a basic policy or endorsement could cost you less than $1 per day to better protect items like engagement rings, fine china, golf clubs, collectibles and more.* Don’t wait: Contact me today! Gary at the Wickstrand Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 757-417-6501 or send […]
June 22, 2017

Boating Season

It’s Boating Season Every summer, our team gets calls from customers after a fun weekend on the water takes a turn for the worse. Often, these accidents could have been prevented with just a few simple precautions. Here are a few tips we like – courtesy of our partners at Safeco. Don’t let an accident wreck your fun! Life Preservers Aren’t Just for Kids. It’s not enough to just have life jackets on board — wear them! In an accident, people rarely have time to reach for a life jacket. This rule applies to adults, not just children: More people in their 30s die in boating accidents than any other age group. Life vests have come a long way in style. Today, you can even get vests for your water-loving dog!   Watercraft Insurance Most home insurance policies have limited coverage for boats. If you own a boat, watercraft insurance […]
February 3, 2017

Taking a spring break? Keep your home safe while you’re away

TOPIC: Homeowners safety while on vacation For many, the winter months are a welcome time to escape the short days and chilly temperatures by heading on vacation. And is there a better way to celebrate the end of winter than to take a spring break? Whether you’re going to hang out at in the mountains, bask on a sunny, white-sand beach in the Caribbean or hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding, you have to take precautions to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away. After all, what could be worse than returning from a relaxing break or an active adventure to find a disaster has occurred, such as a break-in, or water or fire damage? To ensure your vacation doesn’t end in tragedy, follow these tips before you go. Check for any leaks and fix them. For example, ensure your refrigerator icemaker is not leaking! Set your […]
June 10, 2015

Protect Your Most Cherished Possessions

How to protect your most cherished possessions  If you’re like most people, there are certain items you own that you can’t imagine ever losing—possessions you deeply cherish or those that would be impossible to replace due to the cost of re-purchasing them or simply because they’re irreplaceable. While your homeowners insurance is invaluable for covering the loss or destruction of many of your belongings (as well as damage to your home’s structure), your policy might provide only partial coverage for your most cherished items. The good news is that you can still protect the things that matter to you most, even if they’re not fully covered under your homeowners, with a scheduled personal property endorsement that is tailored to meet your specific needs.   Not an easy name, but it can help you sleep better at night A scheduled personal property endorsement is not something that everyone talks about, but […]