Every year, fatigue is a major contributor to auto accidents in Burlington, NC and throughout the country. At Don Allred Insurance, we never like to hear about a client who has to file a fatigue-related auto insurance claim. That’s why we’ve compiled this short list of ways to stay awake on the road.
Stay Awake Without Caffeine
While caffeine is a go-to for many people when they’re sleepy (and when they’re awake), it’s not the only way to remain alert on the road. When a cup of coffee or a bottle of soda won’t be enough, try:
- staying hydrated by drinking water (instead of coffee or cola)
- pulling over for a cat nap
- splitting up driving responsibilities among licensed drivers
The last suggestion, sharing the driving load, is especially helpful on long trips. Even when you’re awake, it’s easy to become less alert after hours of driving. Taking turns at the wheel will give you and those with you a chance to catch up on any needed sleep and get refreshed.
Make Sure You’re Insured
When sharing the wheel, it’s important to make sure that your auto insurance policy will cover everyone who will be driving your car. Most policies cover anyone who is legally able to drive, but a few policies have exceptions. If you’d like to make sure your policy doesn’t have any exceptions, you can call our auto insurance agents.
At Don Allred Insurance, all of our auto insurance agents are independent agents. Not only are our agents qualified to review your auto insurance policy, but they can help you find a new policy if you need one. Before you head out on your next road trip with friends, get a good night’s sleep — but also call our office to make sure you’ll be fully covered no matter who is driving your car.
The summers in Burlington, NC are filled with beautiful, sunny days — the kind that are perfect for a backyard barbecue. Before you invite your friends over for some dogs, burgers, or steaks, take a few minutes to review basic grilling safety. Here are three reminders that may seem basic, but they can help you ensure your time at the grill is fun this summer, and reduce the chances that you have to file a homeowners insurance claim for a grill-related accident.
Stay Safe While Grilling
Like almost all types of cooking, grilling is generally safe. As long as you pay attention, it’s a perfectly fine (and fun) way to cook up a variety of foods. When outside, however, it’s easy to become distracted, which is why you should be extra careful to:
- avoid drinking excessively, as it will impair your judgment
- only turn on the gas when your grill’s top is open, so gas doesn’t build up inside the grill
- properly clean your grill after each use, to prevent foods that could catch fire from building up
At times, you might have to decline an additional beer or delay a conversation for a few minutes while you clean your grill. Making sure you stay safe, though, will let you invite your friends over for another barbecue later in the season.
Check Your Homeowners Insurance
Even if you take every precaution, you can’t completely eliminate a potential grilling disaster; mistakes happen and things go wrong. It’s during these times that you need homeowners insurance.
Therefore, you should also make sure your homeowners insurance would cover a grilling related claim. If you have questions about your policy, feel free to call us at Don Allred Insurance. Even if we didn’t sell it to you, one of our independent insurance agents will review it to make sure you’re completely covered. If you aren’t, they can help you find a policy that provides the protection you need.