Pritchards And Associates cares about your safety on the roads. And besides being highly dangerous, texting while driving is now illegal. Here’s the scoop …
The Florida law banning texting while driving went in to affect
July 1, 2019. The new law makes it a primary offense to text while
driving. Therefore, police can pull drivers over specifically for texting. The
first offense is a fine of $30 and a point on your driver’s license. The second
offense is $60 and three points, if cited again within five years.
Entering letters, numbers or characters into a device is
considered texting; this includes emails, and instant messaging. A
stationary motor vehicle is not subject to the ban, so technically texting at a
stop light is still legal but not advisable. The law also includes exceptions
for vehicle navigation such as google maps and Waze.
Starting Oct. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019, police will begin
issuing a warning to drivers talking on a hand held phone in a school zone or
construction zone (while workers are present). Then, beginning Jan. 1, 2020,
they will start issuing tickets. It will still be legal to use hands-free
technology such as Bluetooth under these conditions.
From a safety standpoint, it’s best to put away the devices and
concentrate on driving. Whatever it is, it can wait.
When it comes to getting health insurance for your family, there are three basic options to choose from. Your situation, including your income, will determine which options you qualify for obtaining. For those who have little to no income, you may be able to get health insurance for your family through a government program at little to no out-of-pocket cost. These plans usually come with small co-pays as well, with some having $0 co-pays. If your income exceeds the minimum threshold for free government health insurance for your family, then you must choose between an employer-sponsored plan or coverage through a private insurance agency. Here at Pritchards and Associates, Inc., serving the Okeechobee, FL area, we help people just like you every day get the health insurance they need to protect their family.
Should I Get Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance?
Some employers offer really good insurance coverage, and we highly recommend getting a policy through your employer if it meets all of your needs at an affordable price. Some people can tap into an individual health insurance policy through an employer at a very low cost, but once they add on family members, the premium becomes expensive. If you can’t afford health insurance for your family through your employer, you can always visit our office.
Should I Get Private Health Insurance For My Family?
One of the top reasons to get private health insurance for your family is because it can be customized to meet your family’s exact needs. We work with clients on a daily basis, helping them customize their policies to ensure every family member receives the health coverage they need. To learn more about customizable health insurance plans for your family, contact Pritchards and Associates, Inc. serving the Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, FL area today.
With Hurricane Dorian approaching, currently forecasted as a major storm, I
want you to know that the Pritchards And Associates Agency Family is here to
assist you. As it appears right now, Dorian will reach us on Tuesday, September
3rd (although that could surely change.) We will be closed Saturday,
Sunday and Monday due to the holiday and the hurricane. As weather and
damages permit, we will be open for business again as soon as possible.
Should you have a claim, please
do the following, being careful to follow the instructions
1 – Please visit, ahead of
time, our website (www.pritchardsinc.com), our blog (especially
THIS PAGE), our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pritchardsinc/), and the two web
pages mentioned below, so you are aware of how to reach out to both your
insurance company and us, and how to report a claim and mitigate your
losses. We have a lot of information there that you will find useful to
help you both through and after the storm. A list of insurance carriers and their contact information
can be found HERE and HERE.
2 – After
the storm, call or email
your insurance company as soon as possible. Carefully copy
down your claim number and call
or email us with that claim number. Be sure to state the
extent of the damage and if your home is or is not livable.
3 – Please
keep our Agency in the
loop if you have questions about or difficulties during the
claim process. Remember, a company is only as good as the person you are
dealing with. If you have problems along the way in the processing of your
claim, please know that while we can’t work miracles, we often can get to the
bottom of things that are slowing the resolution of a claim.
4 – For
your benefit, keep a claim
diary notated with the date and time of all your discussions
and contacts with insurance company personnel and their titles, our Agency,
your field adjuster, contractors, engineers etc. Do this from the very
beginning of the claim and continue until your claim is closed. Keep a copy of all correspondence
from anyone associated with the claim. You will likely be dealing with
both an in-house adjuster and a field adjuster. The first one, the
insurance company desk adjuster, deals with your claim in regard to your policy
coverages, and the field adjuster deals with assessing the actual
5 – Also,
please remember that being
kind goes a long way. After the last hurricane, two of our
own associates had total losses with their homes and yet they were here at work
right away, helping others all day. You
should be able to reach both us and your insurance company by email or phone
after the storm passes. Please understand that we will be
handling many inquiries and there
could be a delay in getting through because of the volume of
calls coming in at one time. We
will have our entire staff available and on the phone helping
people the first few days after the storm.
6 – You
can reach Pritchards And Associates at the following phone numbers: In the Okeechobee area = (863) 763-7711. Along
the coast = (877) 763-6625.’
We pray for your safety
and wish you the very best as we face this serious situation.
Lowell H. Pritchard
General Lines Agent
You retired to Okeechobee, FL, and you want life insurance that will protect you and your family from issues. Therefore, you need to talk to us at Pritchards and Associates Inc. right away to learn more about what you can do to ensure that your policy is as high-quality as possible.
Pay Attention to Payout Rates
When buying life insurance, make sure that your policy pays out at a reasonable time. Some plans will take a few weeks to go into effect after a person dies. Others will go into effect almost immediately. The differences mostly lie in the policy cost and what you pay.
For example, more expensive policies typically utilize incentives – such as faster payouts – to get you to buy. And other plans have to pass through a few hands and get some specific execution before they work. So read through what to expect to ensure that you get the most from your policy.
Visit Your Doctor Right Away
Many people try to get a life insurance policy without talking to a doctor. This step is often a mistake because a company may penalize you if they find out you had a health problem before taking to them. However, they are willing to work with you if you have certain illnesses.
For example, if you spot a health problem that could affect your policy, you want to know sooner rather than later. When you see what is happening earlier, you can talk with your insurance provider and find a plan that is specific to that unique situation and save yourself the cash.
We Can Help You
So if you live in Okeechobee, FL and you want high-quality life insurance, please contact us at Pritchards and Associates Inc. to learn more. Our experts will sit down with you and come up with a plan that serves your needs comprehensively and effectively.
Your car is one of your most valuable assets. Helping it hold its value not only increases your ability to get more out of it at trade-in time, but it can also help you in other ways as well. This is especially true if you are involved in an accident and an adjuster is trying to determine the value of your vehicle. Residents of Okeechobee, FL can turn to the agents of Pritchards and Associates Inc. if they have questions concerning how to maintain their car’s overall value.
Keep It Clean
Keep it clean both inside and out. Take it to the car wash at least once a week and remember to vacuum the inside. Washing away dirt and grime reduces the risk of paint discoloration and rust spots. Cleaning underneath your vehicle will also help to reduce wear and tear.
Regularly scheduled maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer. Changing the oil and having the fluids checked at least once every three months or three thousand miles will keep the engine running in top condition and reduce your risk of a break-down.
Keep the Mileage Low
Keeping the mileage low can be a hard thing to do if you only have one vehicle. Instead of running out every time you need something, combine your trips so that you only have to venture out once. Saving a few miles each week will add up over time.
When you are interested in learning more about how to maintain the value of your vehicle, call the agents at Pritchards and Associates Inc. Their goal is to help the residents of Okeechobee, FL get the best possible insurance coverage for all of their vehicles. Make your appointment today and find out if you have the coverage you need!
The trusted advisors at Pritchards And Associates want to make sure that you’re prepared for the effects of a storm, should one occur, before and after it hits. The articles below provide valuable information. And please take care!
Do you own a growing business in Okeechobee, FL? If so, it’s time to revisit your commercial insurance policy to make sure you are fully protected. Your business is your lifeline, a valuable asset that needs to be protected properly to make sure you stay in business for a long time. In the future, you can always sell your profitable business for retirement or pass it down to a family member. Either way, your business needs to be protected. Read on to learn more about adding additional coverage to your growing business.
Have You Added to Your Fleet?
If your growing business utilizes cars, vans, trucks, boats, ATVs, or even airplanes and you expand upon this fleet, you’ll need extra coverage to make sure it is protected. The knowledgeable insurance agents at Pritchards and Associates Inc. can help you expand on your policy to cover a growing fleet.
Are You Hiring More Employees?
As your business grows, so should your employee base. If this is your situation, you’ll need added coverage to protect these employees. Revisit your current commercial insurance policy to make sure each and every employee is covered.
Expanding to another Location?
Many growing businesses have more than one location. This can be across town or in another state. Adding another location will require you to update your current commercial insurance policy or add a new one.
To learn more about protecting a growing business in Okeechobee, FL, contact the team at Pritchards and Associates Inc. serving this area. Our friendly agents will answer all your questions and concerns and help you find the best commercial coverage to protect your business.
Mobile homes (legally referred to as manufactured homes if built since 1976) trace their origin back to the early years of cars and motorized highway travel. They have grown in size and improved in quality since the early twentieth century. Mobile homes are often beautiful and highly functional. They are also much more affordable than traditionally built homes.
Protecting this investment is of utmost importance to mobile home owners. The following are some loss control tips for people with these types of homes.
• If you have a hollow exterior door, consider investing in a solid one for better security. All exterior doors should also be fitted with high-quality deadbolts.
• Use timers on your exterior lights when not home to provide the illusion of occupancy.
• Form a neighborhood watch program if you do not currently have one.
• Install and periodically monitor fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Purchase at least two fire extinguishers for your home and ensure they are fully charged.
• Verify that your home has proper anchoring. Mobile home tie-downs could protect your property and your life during high winds. Use a licensed contractor to install, strengthen, or repair your tie-down system.
• Add tie-downs to outlying structures, including carports, swing sets, and storage sheds.
• Verify that your furnace and hot water heater are properly secured to the home and not sitting freely in a utility closet.
• Install adequate skirting to discourage varmints from nesting beneath the home.
For more information, and to discuss ways to protect your mobile home from loss and liability, call a trusted advisor at Pritchards And Associates. Toll Free: (877) 763-6625.
Home insurance in Okeechobee, FL covers many things, but there are certain things that aren’t covered. If you are worried about your coverage under your home insurance policy, an agent at Pritchards and Associates Inc. can help you find the right option.
Mold: A standard home insurance policy will limit mold coverage or completely exclude it. The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it in the first place, and if you have a leak or flooding to get rid of the moisture as fast as possible.
Sewer Backup: If the sewer backs up in your home, it can do a lot of damage, but it’s typically not covered. You can get extra insurance to cover this.
Floods: Many times, homeowners think floods are covered but instead you need a separate flood insurance policy.
Construction Work Damage: When you are renovating your home, your policy won’t cover any damage that is done to the home. You can get a separate policy to cover damage and your contractor should be licensed and have liability insurance.
Fine Art and Jewelry: There will be a limit on how much coverage there is for personal belongings, and jewelry and fine art can exceed these limits. The way to protect these things is with a separate rider that specifies exactly the coverage.
Destroyed or Stolen Cash: It’s hard to prove that you had cash stashed away in the home if the home was destroyed or the cash was stolen. Keep it in a safe place in order to protect it.
Termite Infestation: Termites can cause a lot of damage, but your home insurance won’t pay for it. A licensed pest control company should inspect your home to avoid this problem.
Contact Pritchards and Associates Inc. serving Okeechobee, FL, to get a quote on home insurance.
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