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Get Ready For Summer With These 5 Insurance Policies

Summer has now unofficially started, as busy beaches, lifeguards and businesses alike can attest to. But while we may all be looking forward to taking a break from work during a summer vacation, it’s important to take a moment to ask ourselves: what are my summer insurance needs this year? 

While insurance is the last thing we want to think about before heading out for some summertime relaxation, consider this: ignoring our seasonal insurance needs could become even more costly than our vacation expenses. And who wants to deal with that scenario?

So before you head out for your summer adventures, make sure you’ve checked off this season’s insurance to do list:

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Pool Insurance: Pools can quickly transform from fun areas to danger zones, at which point you may have to pay for your or even a guest’s medical bills. Take the time to prevent this by making sure your pool is properly insured, as well as checking to find out if it needs any repairs and if it meets local standards and codes for safety equipment such as fences and locks. Never assume swimming pool related work and accidents are fully covered under your homeowners insurance – especially since some policies exclude swimming pools from their coverage entirely.

-Car Insurance: Car shows and summer go hand-in-hand, but as we’ve discussed before, antique and classic cars usually require a separate insurance policy than your everyday set of wheels. Insurers offer both agreed-value or stated-value policies for antique and classic cars, so you can select the coverage that’s best for you; you’ll also want to make sure that you have liability insurance before taking your car to any show this summer.

-Watercraft Insurance: Boats are one of the most enjoyable parts of the summer season, but they also come with major risks that owners need to take into consideration. Some boats are covered under homeowners or renters insurance policies. Others, like personal watercraft-like Jet Skis and larger boats, require a separate marine insurance policy. So before you head to the helm and out to open water, make sure that you have proper boat insurance that will help you in a number of scenarios, like:

*Your boat getting lost or damaged

*Your guests accidentally injuring themselves during a day on the water

*You having to go to court if someone takes your boat for a joy ride without permission

-Motorcycle Insurance: Open roads during a beautiful summer day are a motorcyclist’s dream. Of course, riding a motorcycle carries risks; that’s why all motorcyclists are required to have liability coverage for property damage and bodily injury that you may cause to other people in an accident. A comprehensive policy also covers non-accident damage, such as from fire, vandalism and theft.

-Rental Car Insurance: Are you renting a car at all this summer? Some people don’t bother purchasing additional insurance when renting a car because of the coverage they have through their credit card and current auto policies. However, if you plan on renting a car this summer, ask yourself: if my rental is damaged, will I have to pay out of my pocket for repairs and wait for any reimbursement, or will my insurance cover the cost of the damage right away? Use the answer to this question, and how much better or worse off you’d be in either scenario, to evaluate whether or not you need to purchase rental insurance during your trip this summer.

These are five major insurance policies you should definitely review before you throw yourself into your summer plans. Even if you feel ready for some summer fun, if your insurance isn’t able to handle the risks associated with the season, then it’s too early to jump into summer just yet. Still, we understand that you’re ready to start enjoying yourself out there; that’s why we’re offering to help you evaluate your current insurance policies to get you ready for your summer adventures.

Go ahead and contact us today to set up your appointment. Everyone on our staff at the Fisher Widmann Flick Insurance Agency is a specially trained insurance expert who can make sure your insurance policies cover exactly what they need to cover, all at a reasonable cost. So go ahead and get in touch, central Pennsylvanians – we’re all that stands between you and a wonderful summer!

 

*Image Sources:

Swimming Pool: Courtesy of Flickr user dno1967b 

Red Car: Courtesy of commons.wikipedia.org

Sailing Boat: Courtesy of Pixabay

Motorcycle: Courtesy of commons.wikipedia.org

Silver Car: Image courtesy of Flickr user rp72

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Drive Into Spring With Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance Today

After such a long and brutal winter, central Pennsylvania can finally begin to enjoy its favorite spring and summer activities. And for Pennsylvanians living near Johnstown, PA., few events are as anticipated as Thunder in the Valley.

Come the fourth weekend in June, Johnstown’s annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally fills the downtown area as the community welcomes over 200,000 visiting bikers from far and wide to the largest rally in Pennsylvania. It’s not just for motorcycle enthusiasts, either: each year this event features a wide variety of events and activities, ensuring that everyone involved enjoys the event.

Our own staff can’t wait for Thunder in the Valley; the event offers us a great opportunity to explore a range of local and specialized products and gifts, features lots of live music, and just creates a lovely welcoming atmosphere that makes us proud to be a part of Johnstown.

But before getting into the celebratory spirit, we wanted to remind everyone that there’s something all motorcycle owners should check in advance of attending: their insurance.

Too many motorcyclists hit the road with either no or too little insurance; both of these scenarios have negative consequences for biker riders:

-Not only is not having insurance dangerous: it’s illegal. Just like with automobile insurance, not having motorcycle insurance leads to at least a fine, or even jail time.

-Bikers who do have insurance run the risk of having too little insurance. Just like with automobiles, the cheapest insurance plans are not the ideal insurance plans, as they aim to offer enough coverage to protect anyone hurt by the insurance holder, without leaving every much coverage for the insurance holder themselves.

Since there’s plenty of plans out there that offer comprehensive coverage without breaking the bank, driving a motorcycle without proper coverage is an unnecessary risk. With Thunder in the Valley coming up, now is the perfect time to finally purchase motorcycle insurance – or to update your existing policy to ensure that it covers:

1. Liability (to cover any costs of injuries to others either riding on or struck by your bike, as well property damage costs)

2. Comprehensive (to cover any damages caused by weather, by animal strikes, and by theft)

3. Personal Items (to cover any accessories or safety apparel that may be damaged or stolen)

4. Medical (to cover any potential medical, ambulance, or physical therapy costs in the event of an accident)

Not sure where to get started or how to evaluate your current insurance policy? Our staff at the Fisher Widmann Flick Insurance Agency can help! Our team features specially trained insurance experts, all of them ready to help Pennsylvania bike owners evaluate their policy options to ensure that their motorcycle insurance is just what they need.

Having a motorcycle can be one of the most exhilarating things in life. Practicing safe driving, and having a comprehensive insurance plan, will help ensure that you’re able to continue enjoying riding on your bike for many years to come.