If you haven’t seen our new website, you may want to take a peek. You’ll notice that we have a new mascot. He’s a smart, funny, knowledgeable insurance guy who, unfortunately, doesn’t have a name.
What should the name of our mascot be? You can help us, and have a chance to win an iPad®for your idea! The naming contest takes place on our Facebook* Fan page from now to April 8th. Finalists will be chosen and you can vote for your favorite name on April 13th & 14th. The person who enters the name that gets the most votes could
win an iPad®!
Be creative and have fun. Visit our Facebook page today to enter!
*Must “Like” the Plymouth Rock Assurance Facebook Fan page in order to be eligible. No purchase necessary. Restrictions apply. A link to contest rules and instructions are available on our Facebook Fan page.
Must be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of the fifty United States (including the District of Columbia). Employees of Plymouth Rock or any of its affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter.
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Spring is a time of many celebrations; the end of winter, proms, graduations, weddings, and many more, but as our spirits are lifting with the nice weather approaching, there are some things you should remember when indulging in other kinds of spirits at parties.Here are some startling statistics along with driving tips for you and your family and friends when participating in festivities now and throughout the year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 30 people in the United States die every day due to a motor vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. In effect, this means that every 48 minutes someone dies in an alcohol-related crash. For the year 2009, 10,839 people died as a result of accidents involving an impaired driver, which was about a third of United States traffic-related deaths.
So be responsible and make sure you have a ride home before you leave the house.
Tips on what to do before going out:
- Decide who is going to be the designated driver for the night.
- Put the local cab company phone number in your phone and call them for a ride home.
- If you are attending party/gathering at a friend’s house, make arrangements to stay there. Even if you don’t plan on staying there, ask your friend to accommodate you in case you are not able to drive home safely.
- If you are leaving the party and notice someone who should take a ride home, offer them the same transportation you have to get home.
- If hosting a party, make sure everyone has a safe ride home; call cabs for anyone you think may need one, and pick them up the next day for them to get the car from your house, or allow people to stay at your house if necessary. Your guests are your responsibility!
- Provide your guests with non-alcoholic beverage choices and be sure to serve food, especially to those who are drinking.
- Use your best judgment, and if you are concerned about someone getting into a car to drive don’t be afraid to take the keys away. You could be saving lives by doing so.
Whether you are the designated driver, guest of a party, or hosting a party, everyone needs to know what to do to ensure everyone stays out of harm’s way and makes it home safely.
For more information on safe driving tips check out our Tips to Drive Safely.
Did you know for every dollar you spend locally, 68 cents of it gets put back into your community?
Buying products and services locally not only helps your town but directly affects those in your community. When you purchase from a local vendor you are helping fund programs at your child’s school and making sure the roads are safe when you drive to work.
According to New Economics Foundation’s leader, David Boyle, purchasing locally is twice as efficient in keeping the local economy alive than spending your money further afield. In addition to boosting the local economy, when you buy locally, you are supporting businesses that are invested in your community That’s because many local business owners contribute to your children’s little league team , are on the town council fighting for issues that affect you directly, and more.
You shop for food locally, so why not purchase insurance from your local agent? Many insurance agents such as Paul Murphy, owner of Paul T. Murphy Insurance, have been serving their communities for years. Paul opened his agency in 1988 and has been contributing more than just MA insurance quotes to the community ever since. Paul teaches classes at Malden High School on marketing to help students understand how companies leverage the internet to sell their products. Larger insurance companies may not be as knowledgeable of the area in which you live.
When you call one of Encharter Insurance’s seven agencies they answer the phone, “It’s a great day at Encharter…how can we help you today?” They genuinely want to know how they can help. Local businesses are aware of their surroundings and want to build a relationship with their customer rather than just provide a quote on a policy. Ken Peterson, owner of Encharter, wants to contribute more to his clients’ lives than just a Mass or CT insurance policy. He trains all his CSR’s to be exactly that— customer service representatives, not just sales personnel.
Another perk of using a local agent is what they contribute to the community. The Smith, Buckley & Hunt Agency gives all Brockton city employees 5% off their Massachusetts car insurance policies, just for working in the community and helping upkeep the city.
When you buy local it helps round out the circle and create an economic boost and a sense of well-being. Independent agency Merrimack Valley Insurance looks to provide local businesses with insurance in MA as well as help them be successful . Last week they signed A&C Imports LLC as their newest client and immediately began promoting their new client on their Facebook page – telling fans and friends about the services A&C offers.
So purchasing locally makes sense. Buy food from a nearby farmers market, tools from your local hardware store, and insurance from the independent agent down the street. Each of these business owners are not just helping the community…they live in it.
High gas prices leave your wallet feeling low?
Before you head to the pump to fill up your tank be sure to check out Plymouth Rock’s Gas Price Finder to see what locations near you in Massachusetts will offer you the lowest gas prices.
According to Boston.com, in the last week the price of gas in Massachusetts increased $0.14, which brings the total increase in past two weeks to $0.31 per gallon. As a result of the high gas prices many people are relying on public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) published a report showing the top 20 cities with the highest ridership ranked in order of their transit savings. Based on the purchase of a monthly public transit pass, and factoring in local gas prices for March 4 and unreserved parking rates, the highest was New York followed by Boston, which can save public transit commuters $1,099 monthly or $13,188 annually.
Even though many people are relying on public transportation, what do you do if you are not able to take the T to work, school, or wherever you need to go? Well here are some tips to help you save money when spending at the pump:
- Check Plymouth Rock’s Gas Price Finder.
- Try to carpool with co-workers to work, or go grocery shopping/run errands with neighbors, so that only one car is on the road.
- Several short trips can waste gas, especially in winter when you need the car to heat up, so if you can condense trips into fewer stops then you can save.
- Try not to add unneeded weight to your car (skis on the roof, the trunk packed to the brim, etc.)
- Obey the speed limit. The U.S. Department of Energy states: “each 5 mph driven over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.” Rushing to arrive at your destination can cost real money!
Even though you can’t control the price of gas, you can control where you buy and how you conserve to avoid always running to the pump. So take a few simple steps to save yourself some money!