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We have a new agency Texting line!

If you are a RetireMax Client or are looking for quotes on any insurance products, please feel free to use our new agency text line. 708-498-7591This number is for texting only. IF you need to reach by phone, please...

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Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too

Whether it’s a gift from someone special or a gift to yourself, a new piece of jewelry can bring some sparkle to your life. However, many people who find themselves victimized by burglars—or a fire or some other...

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Do you know the history behind RetireMax?

In 1984, James Francis started in the Insurance industry after looking for a career change. James began selling Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance and Medicare Supplements out of his laundry room...

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Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you

Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying-they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The U.S....

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RetireMax welcomes Nationwide Insurance Company to our portfolio!

RetireMax Insurance Agency has added Nationwide Insurance Company as its newest carrier for Personal & Commercial Lines for 2019. The addition of Nationwide brings our total carrier offering to 13 providers allowing...

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Keep Pets Happy and Safe on Vacation

You’re not just imagining it—a lot of people are traveling with their pets these days. According to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 1,000 travelers, 53% of those responding said they take their pets on vacation, and...

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Snow shoveling tips for Illinois!

Push snow, instead of lifting it. Keep your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and keep your back straight. Try not to twist your torso when lifting snow. Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Don't throw the snow...

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Happy Thanksgiving from RetireMax Insurance Agency!

Happy Thanksgiving from RetireMax Insurance Agency! We will be closed Thu & Fri (Nov 22 & 23) for Thanksgiving and will open again on Mon, Nov 26. For claim assistance, please contact your insurance company...

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Five Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowner Mistakes

Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up-whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time...

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Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now-as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we...

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Let's Keep Our Lawns and Ourselves Safe

For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for...

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6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, a lot of gasoline saved and a ton of...

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But,...

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Holiday Hours

We will be closing at 3p.m. on Tuesday July 3rd, closed July 4th, and will reopen on Thursday July 5th. Please contact your insurance company directly for service, to make a payment, or to file a claim. For your...

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We now offer Liberty Mutual!

RetireMax Insurance Agency now offers Business Insurance from Liberty Mutual for Illinois businesses. From the one-man shop to large corporations, RetireMax Insurance has business solutions to fit your needs. We're...

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Summer Driving Tips

Summer’s almost here. The sun will come out of hiding, and people will, too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are out and...

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Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more...

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Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

You probably don’t think your dog would ever bite someone, let alone cause a serious injury. But dog bites are more common than you might realize-4.5 million occur every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for...

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Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem...

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Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

A ring from a loved one. A bracelet handed down through generations. A watch or necklace marking a special occasion. Every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However, calling...

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Flood Insurance | RetireMax Insurance Agency

Flood Insurance - Since standard home insurance doesn't cover flooding, it's important to have protection from floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S....

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Medicare Supplements | RetireMax Insurance Agency | 1-800-230-6565

Medicare Supplements | RetireMax Insurance Agency | 1-800-230-6565 Call today for your quote on Medicare Supplement plans and Prescription Drug Plans.

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Insurance 101 - Umbrella Coverage


RETIREMAX INSURANCE AGENCY | INSURANCE SAVINGS FOR ALL AGES

We save Illinois and Indiana insurance customers of all ages hundreds on their Auto, Home, & Life Insurance. Call us or go online to our website for Free; no obligation, insurance quotes. We represent The Hartford...

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Tips for Buying a Safe Car

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone)....

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Illinois Auto Insurance | RetireMax Insurance Agency

Illinois Auto Insurance | RetireMax Insurance Agency ~ If you live in Illinois and you have not shopped with a broker like ourselves, you could be missing out on huge Auto and Home Insurance Savings. We shop many...

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Do I need a Umbrella Insurance Policy!

It does not matter if you are rich or famous, lawsuits for having too little liability insurance for your auto and home insurance can happen to anyone. If you’re involved in an at fault auto insurance accident or an...

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Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and...

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Medicare Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment ends soon. Call for your Medicare and Prescription Drug plans today. RetireMax Insurance Agency | 1-800-230-6565

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Free Car & Home Insurance Quotes!

We offer Free Car and Home Insurance quotes for Illinois and Indiana consumers from Travelers, The Hartford AARP, MetLife, Safeco; a Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, AAA and more. Call us or go online! RetireMax...

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Protecting your home: understanding your home insurance policy

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more...

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How to Lower Your Auto Insurance Bill

It’s easy to lower your insurance costs - especially if you have a great driving record, or don’t mind having higher deductibles. Who doesn’t want to pay less for car insurance? Billions of dollars are spent on ad...

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One Option for Hiding a Spare Key


Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?

One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out tires could...

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Why Choose an Indepedent Agent? Here's why!


Call or go online for free insurance quotes.

We are family owned, Illinois independent insurance agency. We have been servicing Illinois insurance consumers since 1993. We work with many auto, home, life, and health insurance companies to always get your family...

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Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

That oh-so-covetable experience of taking a dip in your very own pool? Millions of American households enjoy it, at least when the weather’s nice. With the summer heat ratcheting up, you may be coming down with a...

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Homeowners Insurance | Sewer & Water Back-Up Coverage

Homeowners Insurance | Sewer & Water Back-Up Coverage Yikes!! A lot of us homeowners in Illinois do not know that sewer and water back-up of sump pumps, ejector pumps, and drains are not covered on a homeowner’s...

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Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects...

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Heavy Rain? Be on the Lookout for Heavy Damage

Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry. Spring rainstorms are a fact of life in many...

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Fire Pit Safety

Fire Pit Safety Be Careful When You Play With Fire, Even in the Backyard It’s a great feeling to hang out with friends and family around a blazing fire in your backyard in Illinois — unless, of course, that fire...

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Fishing safety - Create great fishing memories for your children

Fishing safety Create great fishing memories for your children No matter what season is winding down, the next season is just another reason to spend on the water in the boat with rod in hand. One of the best ways to...

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Yard Work Safety

Yard Work Safety Let's Keep Our Lawns - and Ourselves - Safe in Illinois - For many of our neighbors in Illinois, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard - often with tools that...

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AAA Life Insurance!

We have great Life Insurance rates for Term & Whole from AAA Life Insurance! Call us today for a quick quote on your Life Insurance needs.RetireMax Insurance Agency | 1-800-230-6565 | https://www.retiremaxinsurance....

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Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can...

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AAA: New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash

AAA: New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash Broadcast Quality B-Roll (Click here) AURORA, Ill. (June 1, 2017) – New teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults...

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Help Your Dog Love Apartment Living

Apartment living can have many advantages: low maintenance, close to work and entertainment, and ease of changing residence. But, if you’re a dog owner, apartment living can present some difficulties. You probably won’t...

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Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered? Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large damages can be...

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WE ARE MOVING OUR OFFICE!

WE ARE MOVING!New Address as of April 24th, 2017RetireMax Insurance Agency9651 W. 153rd St., Suite 51Orland Park, IL.60462www.retiremaxinsurance.com800-230-6565 | 708-388-9979Please Like & Review Us on Facebook!

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Teen Driving Safety

Talking to Your Teen About Safe Driving When teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:Car...

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Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone. Even still,...

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Tips for Effectively Filing Claims

Tips for Effectively Filing Claims - Experiencing a loss can be stressful, frustrating and disheartening, but having insurance coverage will help alleviate the financial burden a loss can cause. The first step in...

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7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so,...

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Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity — particularly this...

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Freezing Temperatures Can Lead to Frozen Pipes and Water Damage

Freezing Temperatures Can Lead to Frozen Pipes and Water Damage - You wake up on a cold winter morning, head into the bathroom or kitchen, turn the faucet and … a trickle. Or, nothing at all.You have a frozen pipe....

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at RetireMax Insurance Agency!

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Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your...

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Insurance carriers are paying out more in auto claims than they have in the past. Here’s why!


Device Insurance: Cover Your Personal Electronics With the Policy You Already Have

It seems everyone these days has a smartphone. Or a smart TV, a tablet, or an ebook reader. Or all of the above – and more. When you add it all up, you may find you have thousands and thousands of dollars tied up in...

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Millennials & Homeownership: What Insurance Professionals Need to Know

Millennials & Homeownership: What Insurance Professionals Need to Know - The housing market has grown stronger in recent years, but studies showthat millennials are still hesitant to become homeowners. According to...

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How to Deal With Road Rage

Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to situations...

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Movin' On Out!

Movin' On Out - Moving is bittersweet. The excitement that comes from changing scenery and beginning a new adventure cannot be denied, but if you've enjoyed whatever living situation you've been in, leaving can be...

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Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims

When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, people flock to the water — whether it’s the beach, a lake, a river or a backyard pool. But, wherever there’s water, there’s also danger. According to the U.S. Centers for...

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Back to School Safety: Sharing the Road with a School Bus.

Back to School Safety: Sharing the Road with a School Bus - The new school year is approaching fast, and soon many kids will be relying on school buses to get to class. Fortunately, school buses are one of the safest...

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Take a Boater's Safety Course

Take a Boater's Safety Course - Know the laws before you launch. It's a simple mantra that all boaters should take seriously. "It is the responsibility of all boaters to know the rules of the water," said Brad Seeley,...

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Safety Tips for Summer Thrill Seekers

The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our country’s incredible amusement parks. But, while the rides and other attractions at these parks are typically safe, it...

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Progressive's Heavy Truck 'Uptime" Claims Expertise!


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Do Not Get Stuck on the Side of the Road on Your Summer Vacation!

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Drowsy Driving!

Facts and Stats - According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Driving with a Trailer

The Do's and Don'ts of Driving with a Trailer - Whether you're taking a road trip or taking the family camping, driving with a trailer can be a challenge. According to eTrailer.com, when you add a trailer to your...

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What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you have in your...

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The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So, which is...

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Remember Tires When Thinking of Motorcyle Safety

April 4, 2016 Remember Tires When Thinking of Motorcycle Safety - When it comes to motorcycles, there are few things as important as the tires. "Tire maintenance is essential," says Kevin Henry, senior product manager...

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Who Can Prevent Wildfires..... YOU!!!

Who Can Prevent Wildfires…YOU! - According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2010 brought more than 64,000 human-made fires to the wild, burning more than 1.3 million acres of land. To put this into perspective,...

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Buying a New Car!

Buying a new car Things to keep in mind when buying a car Buying a new car is an exciting time — but it can also be stressful. After all, you’retrying to get the best deal on price, while also deciding on the make,...

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Spring Cleaning For Your Car!

Spring Cleaning For Your Car - There's nothing quite as nice as the smell of spring. The sweetness of flowers and the freshness of a rainy day give an exciting indication of the warmth to come. However, while winter...

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What to Consider When Purchasing a Boat

March 01, 2016 What to Consider When Purchasing a Boat - The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and the open water in front of you. Sound appealing? Then you might want to join the ranks of boat owners all over...

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Navigate Rainy Roadways With Care

It’s just rain — how much impact can it really have on your driving? The answer: a lot. You’re likely to experience lower visibility, reduced traction and increased difficulty in handling your car both during and after...

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Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

What’s the most important number for you this tax season? The amount of your refund? The amount you owe? The number of hours spent poring over all the other numbers? All of those are pretty important, but none of them...

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Don't miss a Minute of Boat Season! Tips to get your Boat Ready for the waves.

Don't miss a Minute of Boat Season! Tips to get your Boat Ready for the Waves - Warm weather has come early in some parts of the country, making boat owners itching to get out on the water. I speak from experience,...

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Teen Driving=Big Responsibility

Teen Driving=Big Responsibility - Cruising down the strip in my mini-van, windows down, friends in tow, listening to some sort of 90's hair band without a care in the world…now that was the life. I remember how fun it...

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When It's Raining Cats and Dogs

When It's Raining Cats and Dogs - Unfortunately, that old nursery rhyme, "Rain, rain, go away; Come again some other day" rarely works, which is why there are over 5,760,000 vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. on...

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Don't be a Deer in the Headlights

Don't be a Deer in the Headlights - Just picture it — you're driving on a winding road blasting some music, enjoying your time with family and friends, when something pops out in front of you. Do you brake? Do you try...

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Safety on the Slopes

February 4, 2016 Safety on the Slopes - Whether you are new to skiing and snowboarding or you practically grew up on the slopes, you probably know that understanding the proper techniques and safety criteria are...

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What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter

Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road, especially if you’re on vacation and aren’t used to driving in winter conditions. And, it’s an even worse time to...

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Tax Tips for Accidental Landlords

January 22, 2016 Tax Tips for Accidental Landlords - Did you become a landlord this year by accident? Unforeseen circumstances like job relocation, downsizing, or home inheritance may have put you in this category....

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Snow Shoveling Tips, Tools, and Techniques.

Snow Shoveling Tips, Tools, and Techniques - Snow shoveling can be a laborious but inevitable winter chore. Between the snow and ice storms in the colder regions of the U.S., the responsibility to clear your sidewalk,...

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How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

About 2 million times every year, animals and cars collide on U.S. roadways — often causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers, along with about $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S....

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Are Snow Tires Right for Your Vehicle?

Are Snow Tires Right for Your Vehicle? - Around this time every year, my husband makes some sort of comment about snow tires. He usually brings it up when we're talking about my concern for the road conditions. We've...

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Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way...

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Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own...

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4 Ways to Help All Children Have a Great School Year

It's back-to-school time, and, if you have school-age children, your household is likely bustling with activity and filling up with books and backpacks. There are other households and school districts in your community,...

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