Stay Safe on the Roads This Memorial Day Holiday

TrafficStay safe by sharing the road

We have all encountered scenarios in which other drivers make us shake our heads. People often are quick to accuse other drivers of being reckless, but if pressed, they may admit to sometimes driving recklessly themselves. If unsafe driving is everyone’s problem, what is the solution?

Our safety professionals have put together three tips that can help make sharing the road safer while getting from point A to B.

Assume you are invisible
It can be easy to assume everyone else on the road is paying attention, following traffic laws, and can see you clearly. However, that is not always the case. Next time you are expecting another driver to respect your right-of-way or let you merge into another lane, do not assume they are on the same page.

Avoid competitive driving
Whenever you are on the road, resist the urge to drive competitively. Instead, go with the flow and drive defensively. See yourself as part of a community of drivers – all trying to get to your destinations safely. Your improved driving behavior may rub off on others and help create safer conditions for everyone on the road.

Control your emotions
It may be easy to react to aggressive driving by becoming aggressive yourself. But taking the high road is often the best route. Someone cuts you off? Take a deep breath and just let it roll off your back.

Here are some ways to help prevent your emotions from getting the best of you on the roadway:

  • Be patient when traffic delays slow you down.
  • Keep a safe following distance behind other vehicles. You never know when someone may stop short.
  • Avoid confronting aggressive drivers—be polite and courteous, even if others are not.
  • Use your turn signals and leave plenty of room when turning or changing lanes.

Contact Long’s Insurance Agency today for all of your auto insurance needs…  A free no hassle quote will give you strong peace of mind that you are protected on your next road adventure.  Contact us Today!!

 

Source: Travelers

Motorcycle Storage

Motorcycle storagePutting away your motorcycle for the fall and winter

You’ve seen them out there – the hard-core riders who hop on their motorcycles in the rain and the cold and hit the road. There are also plenty of riders who limit their road time to the spring and summer. After all, riding is about enjoying yourself.

If you’re going to put your bike away for the colder months, make sure you do it right. These tips will help ensure your ride is ready to go when our days in Colorado start getting longer and the weather starts getting warmer.

Keep it covered

Ideally, motorcycles should be garaged when put into storage. If you don’t have that option, make sure you have a breathable cover designed for motorcycles to protect it from the elements. Tarps or cotton sheets can trap moisture against the vehicle, which can let mildew or rust build up.

Check the fluids

The American Motorcyclist Association recommends specific actions for the various fluids your motorcycle holds. For gas, top off the tank and add a fuel stabilizer, then run the engine for a few minutes to spread the stabilizer through the system. The engine oil should be changed just before you put the bike away. And be sure to check your coolant to ensure your bike is protected against freezing weather.

Stay in power

If your motorcycle has an alarm system or other features that can drain the battery, you might want to invest in a charger to keep the battery alive. Otherwise, the AMA says, make sure it has a full charge when you put it away and recharge it once a month.

Other maintenance

Honda recommends changing your brake and clutch fluids if it hasn’t been done in the last couple of years as well as cleaning the area around the outside of the spark plugs to ensure debris does not get into the cylinders.

Wheels up?

Ideally, you should store your bike with both wheels off the ground. If that’s not possible, use the center stand and rotate the tires every few weeks as needed to avoid flat spots, the AMA says.

Keep it clean

Both Honda and the AMA say you should clean your motorcycle thoroughly before putting it into storage. Special treatments are available to help avoid oxidation, fading and other threats to your bike’s appearance.

A little preparation now and throughout the time your bike is stored will ensure that when it’s time to ride in the spring, you won’t have anything to worry about – except where to go!

Cooped up? Come see us!

While you’re taking a break from riding this fall and winter, why not come in to Long’s Insurance Agency and talk about your coverage options? If it’s been a while since we’ve done a review for you, let’s talk about how we can save you money on not only motorcycle insurance, but home and auto as well. Just give us a call at 720-684-6012. We’re here to help!

 

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