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Advice for University Students

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From dorm rooms to driving, it's important for university students going back to school to be protected. Most parents want to know if they need tenant insurance for their children when they move away to attend university. Tenant Insurance is important to protect the student's valuables like laptops and televisions in dorm rooms or apartments, but most importantly liability coverage should be considered.  It is important to protect your family in case of accidental damage to a building or other residents belongings. Check out this interview our insurance specialist Scott Conrad did with CTV Atlantic News for some helpful tips and to know the questions to ask your insurance broker to ensure you are covered. screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-12-38-11-pm  

Victim of Distracted Driving Has a Message

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#ItCanWait campaign isn’t sugar-coating the harsh realities associated with the consequences of distracted driving. Texting while driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving and the message is still not being understood. Hopefully, this video can help.

Clearly Awesome Giveaway – Speedy Glass Aquapel

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We’ve partnered with Speedy Glass Halifax for a CLEARLY AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

Speedy Glass offers a rain repellent product which improves a driver's ability to see clearly and drive safer.

Aquapel Glass Treatment is applied to windshields as well as other vehicle glass. It repels water, improving visibility and enhancing safety particularly at night under less than ideal conditions and makes it easier to clear ice, snow, dirt and bugs. It lasts for a long time too!

We’re all about making our roads safer, so we're giving away 10 coupons to 10 lucky winners for a free Aquapel application. To enter visit our Facebook page and share the contest post, it's that easy.

Draw will take place Monday, February 15th. Keep checking Facebook for updates and to find out if you’re a winner!

7 Simple Ways to Prepare your Car for Winter

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As the season changes, it’s a good time to prepare for the cold Nova Scotia winter ahead. Winter can be hard on your vehicle and winterizing your car can help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather. An investment of an hour or two of preparation is all it takes to have peace of mind and avoid the cost and hassle of breaking down when the weather is bad. Follow this list of 7 simple ways to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the winter ahead: 1. Get your car tuned up. Taking your car to a mechanic and have them check the following: battery, tires, coolant/antifreeze level, exhaust system, lights, brakes, heater, and defroster. 2. Wipers should be replaced every 6 months, check them and consider using winter wiper blades that are built to handle ice and snow. Be sure to carry an extra jug of cold-weather windshield-washer fluid in your vehicle. 3. Install a set of winter tires, this is so important for Maritime winter roads. Winter tires allow you to stop up to 40% sooner than all-season tires, making you better equipped to handle the extreme winter driving conditions. 4. Keep the gas tank at least half full. This will decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. 5. Prepare a winter safety kit. Include a shovel, an ice scraper and brush, extra antifreeze, a flashlight, batteries, blankets, a candle, matches, phone number of the local towing company, sand, booster cables and food. 6. Always carry a fully charged cellphone with you. 7. Getting ready is only half the battle. Always drive according to the road conditions and head warnings from Environment Canada’s weather office.

5 Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

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Travelling in the family vehicle for extended periods of time can test the patience and attention of even the most experienced drivers. These distractions may not only cause you to get a ticket, but they could cause you to be involved in an accident on the road. Below are 5 tips to avoid distractions while driving.

 

    Do your multi-tasking outside the car.
Everyone spends a lot of time in their vehicles, and it may seem like the perfect time to get little things done: calling friends, searching for music, or programming a GPS. Instead, get everything settled before you start driving, so you can focus on the road and the drivers around you.

 

    Do not use your cell phone while driving.
While you're driving, a cell phone should only be used for emergency purposes. Even then, it's best to pull over safely to the shoulder to make a call. Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send, or what information you might need during your trip ahead of time. For example, program your GPS at the outset, and make any necessary calls or texts before setting out.

 

    Make sure children and pets are secured in their seats.
It is extremely important to take care of your child’s car seat and seat belt before the car begins moving. Pets should also be securely fastened for their safety, and so that they can’t distract you while you’re behind the wheel. Prepare children with everything they need prior to driving, as reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. If they need your attention during your trip, pull off the road safely to care for them.

 

    Avoid eating while driving.
Food spills are a major cause of distraction while driving. Finishing your breakfast on the way to work may seem like a time-saver, but it means at least one of your hands is occupied and you are less attentive to the drivers around you. Eat before you leave your destination or stop at a safe place to enjoy your meal.

 

    If you are drowsy, pull off the road.
Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in a high percentage of accidents. If you start to feel drowsy, find yourself drifting out of your lane, or struggling to keep your eyes open, find a safe place to pull over and as soon as possible. When you’re driving for long periods of time, take a break at least once every 2 hours. Taking regular breaks allows you to maintain your focus and helps manage your fatigue level.