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Motorhome Safety Tips

Motorhome Safety Tips

To round out the month, we are going to share some tips from a UK site that has practical tips for both motorhome safety and getting started with RVing.

Secure Your Motorhome – Keep track of your keys, even though newer motorhomes may have sophisticated fobs and such – the temptation to leave the keys in the ignition for a “quick sec” is still there. When leaving your motorhome, make sure all the doors and windows are secure/locked.

Take Less – Of course we all want to bring the “comforts” from home with us, but this can cause trouble when keeping track of it all. The less you take, the less worry you have about keeping track. Be sure to keep the outside lockers secured when not in use as well.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Most people go to RV parks to “camp” in their motorhomes, which tend to be pretty well-lit/secure. If you’re going to use your motorhome in the wilderness, be aware of your surroundings and if the area doesn’t “feel right” – find somewhere else to camp.

When purchasing a motorhome for the first time, there are some tips they offer as well:

Decide How Big – do you want a small van conversion or a large tour bus-type motorhome. Depending on the size, you may have to get an additional drivers license endorsement to operate one.

Separate “Likes” from “Must-Haves” – there will obviously need to be some compromises when it comes to finding the right motorhome, separating the likes from the must-haves can help narrow down the list.

Try Before You Buy – some dealers offer a “loaner period” where you can take a motorhome for a weekend to see how it fits you. Go to RV shows and talk to dealers as well as looking online.

Stay Local, Then Venture Out – When first starting out camping in a motorhome, stay local just in case. Your first few ventures should help you determine your vacation packing, maintenance, & any mechanical issues that may arise. It’s better to be stranded across town or in the next city than to be stranded a thousand miles from home.

The articles have other tips to help you enjoy your motorhome, so be sure to read the full articles!

 

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Memorial Day Tips

Memorial Day Tips

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us, today we share tips on making your weekend festivities safe and delicious!

 

The Asbury Park Press offers tips from their local chefs when it comes to preparing your holiday feast:

– Heat up your grill for at least 5 minutes with the lid closed and then use a grill brush to clean the grates of old food particles & rust. Use a paper towel coated with olive oil to grease the grates which allows food to easily come off.

– When cooking any meat, don’t press down on it while it’s cooking as that allows its natural juices to flow out and dries out the meat.

– Flip your protein once. There is no need to flip steaks/hamburgers/bratwurst/chicken more than once if cooking properly.

– Keep your menu simple and prepare as much as you can beforehand. This will help cut down on the chaos when guests arrive.

 

The website Reviewed offers some tips when it comes to preparing for holiday travel:

– Check your battery. Typical usage life of a car battery is anywhere from 3-to-5 years. Keep your phone charge as well as have a portable cellphone charger just in case.

– A flashlight is your friend. Breaking down at night is bad enough, not having a decent light source makes it even worse. LED flashlights are best as their light is brighter and their battery life lasts longer.

– Check ALL of your tires. Most people do a cursory check of their tires, but really take a look at the tread for worn spots or trouble spots in the sidewalls. Check your spare as well, it isn’t of much use if it is flat.

– Top off fluids. Read your owners manual to see what fluid levels should be and top off as necessary.

 

The state of Massachusetts in their blog post offers tips to those leaving home for the holiday:

– Bring a copy of all email correspondence when renting a vacation property or hotel room.

– Talk to your health insurance provider about their out-of-network procedures in case you are traveling somewhere outside your health insurance network.

– Avoid sharing details of your trip on social media. Avoid checking in at locations and post pictures at the very end of your trip.

 

Above all be safe and have fun!

 

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At Marsilje & Vander Plow 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 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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Jet Ski Safety

Jet Ski Safety

 

All this month we are looking at ways to be safe while using your summer toys! Check out our prior podcasts on motorcycles and ATVs!

Thanks to JetSki.com, they have a great article from the Automobile Club of Southern California filled with tips on how to be safe while using a jet ski (or other personal watercraft). Be sure to check out the entire article for more tips than what we shared today!

– Check the engine compartment to make sure the battery is secure/cables are tight, check the fuel lines for cracks/leaks.

– Make sure the fire extinguisher onboard is not expired/damage

– Operate the jet ski as if you were driving a car/motorcycle, be aware of your surroundings and try to minimize any distractions.

– Don’t stand on the watercraft while it is moving (unless the watercraft requires you to stand).

– Don’t use drugs/alcohol while operating a watercraft, there could be local/state/federal consequences if you are found operating while intoxicated.

 

Make sure you read the rest of the article for more tips!

 

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At Marsilje & Vander Plow 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 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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ATV Safety

ATV Safety

All this month we’re going to be looking at safety tips for your summer “toys”! Today’s tips come from Foremost Insurance, one of the carriers we represent! The recommend the following if you are getting ready to enjoy the trails & dunes:

– Think Ahead. Find out the rules and regulations as far as using your ATV. Many states have areas set aside specifically for ATV riding, check with your local DNR office or online to find out where they are.

– Gear Up. Make sure that your safety gear is DOT approved and that you use not only a helmet, but also gloves and over-the-ankle boots for protection.

– Learn More. Take a safety course to learn how to ride properly & safely. Also register your ATV and make sure the ATV is rated for your age/ability level.

– Check It Out. Before you hit the trails, make sure your ATV is in good running condition. Check all the fluids and cables to be sure that there will be no issues when out on the trails/dunes.

– Stay Off Paved Roads. ATVs are illegal to drive on paved roads in most states and could be difficult to control on paved surfaces.

Check out the full article for more tips on safely operating your ATV this summer!

 

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At Marsilje & Vander Plow 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 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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Driving with Motorcycles

Driving with Motorcycles

 

This week we look at some road rules for drivers when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists. The season is upon us and with the roughly 5,300 motorcyclist fatalities each year (according to the USDOT), drivers of private & commercial vehicles need to be more aware.

Thanks to an article from one of our partner companies, Grange Insurance, hopefully these tips will help you as you share the road this summer.

– Share the road, not the lane. Motorcyclists need room to maneuver safely, so don’t share a lane.

– Increase your following distance for flashing turn signals. Many motorcycles on the road these days do not have turn signals that automatically cancel. Keep your distance and make sure the cycle is going to complete a turn before passing.

– A minor annoyance to a motorist could be a major hazard to a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists could change speed or position in their lane due to pot holes, gravel, or other hazards in the roadway.

– Remember that motorcycles react differently. Motorcycles tend to stop quicker on dry pavement than other vehicles. Give yourself enough leeway so you can react in case of a sudden stop.

– Look in all directions when making left turns. Half of all motorcycle accidents occur with motor vehicles. When turning left, look for oncoming traffic as oftentimes motorcycles t-bone motor vehicles while completing the turn.

 

Be sure to read the complete article for more tips on sharing the road with motorcycles!

Contact Us!

At Marsilje & Vander Plow 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 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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