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Holiday Travel Tips

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Holiday Travel Tips

 

This week many are preparing to drive/fly to friends & family for the Christmas holiday. Before you head out, check out this article from The Travel Channel with 10 tips to help make your travel easier whether by plane or “Wagon Queen Family Truckster”!

 

Tip #1 – Do Research. Find alternate routes when driving to make the trip more interesting. Take frequent breaks at interesting places (rather than truck stops). If you’re flying, make sure to get info on carry-on & checked baggage.

Tip #2 – Stay Connected. There are a ton of phone/tablet apps that will help you on your travels from finding out how long the security lines are at the airport to finding the cleanest restrooms near you.

Tip #3 – Pack Light. If you can, try to travel with just a carry-on to avoid the long lines waiting for baggage. Don’t try to wear all your clothes at once to avoid baggage fees…

Tip #4 – Pack Earplugs. Using some earplugs & eye mask will help to block out the chaos on the airplane or in the back seat and may help you relax.

Tip #5 – Don’t Get Hangry. Eat something before you travel & pack snacks/drinks when on a road trip. If you’re at the airport, seek out Popeye’s for some of their “emotional support chicken“…

 

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Cyber Shopping Tips

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Cyber Shopping Tips

According to Forbes magazine, cyber attacks will jump by 60% this holiday season. More and more people are finding themselves staying in their warm & cozy homes doing their Christmas shopping online rather than fight the crowds and weather. Safewise has some tips to help you stay safe while shopping online and protect yourself from scams.

– Chose credit cards when possible. Debit cards are tied to your bank account and if that gets compromised you can be in some serious financial trouble. Credit cards offer more protection and less liability on average than your bank card.

– Shop secure sites only. Easiest way to check and see if a site is secure is to look for the “s” at the beginning of the web address (“https:”) or the “green lock” symbol in the address bar.

– Update your software. Make sure your OS is up-to-date as well as your virus protection software.

– Outsmart email scams. Be wary of emails from your financial institutions or credit card companies claiming that your account has been compromised. Call the bank or credit card issuer to verify the problem exists and NEVER click on links within the emails or enter ANY personal information.

– Beef up your passwords. Passwords should be a combination of letters/numbers/symbols. Use a password generator to develop potentially hack-resistant passwords.

 

Safewise has a few other tips to help you safely shop online, we encourage you to read the full article!

 

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At M. 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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Snowstorm Preparedness

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Snowstorm Preparedness

Something we in the Midwest dread, the upcoming winter season. Sure the snow is lovely, the holidays sublime, but with dropping temperatures and hazards of ice & snow it can be a bit nerve-wracking. The US government via their Ready.gov website has an article with tips to be safe during snowstorms and extreme temperature changes.

For “Winter Storm Warnings”:

  • Stay off the road if at all possible
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly
  • Prepare for power outages
  • Use generators outside and away from windows/doors
  • Look for signs of hypothermia
  • Check on neighbors

 

Prepare NOW!:

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms and prepare accordingly
  • Make sure your caulking/insulation/weather stripping is in good repair
  • Learn how to properly keep pipes from freezing
  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery back-ups
  • Gather enough supplies for each person/pet in your home to last several days
  • Learn the signs and basic treatments for frostbite and hypothermia

 

Check out the article at Ready.gov for more info on staying safe during snowstorms!

 

Contact Us!

At M. 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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