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Check your property After a storm

How to Check Your Property for Damage After a Storm When a big storm hits in home town, you hunker down inside, relying on your home to protect you and your family. Once that storm passes, though, it’s time to...

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Keeping Student Athletes Safe

7 Tips to Help Keep Student Athletes Safe Your household may be one of the millions this fall in which student athletes are dreaming of victory on their school playing fields. Of course, we here at Advanced Insurance...

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Get to know: Tracy Hartman, office manager and personal lines agent

Tracy, right, with husband, Chris; daughter, Samantha; and son, Nathan. Where did you grow up? Pine Grove Can you tell us a little bit about your family? I am married to Chris Hartman, 20 years. We have two children,...

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Mow-mentum: 8 items for your summer home maintenance to-do list

Summer’s for getting away, having fun in the sun, relaxing with a cold beverage. But while it’s nice to take a vacation from home maintenance, methodically tackling a summer to-do list will ensure that your house...

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Protect your pet this summer with these hot-weather safety tips

In July 2016, he was a neglected 7-week-old puppy clinging to life. He was severely underweight, dehydrated, and had open wounds infected by maggots. His rescuer described him as “like a scabby little alien,” too weak...

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Here's how you can keep your cool this summer without having to crank up the A/C

Closing blinds can lower the temperature by almost 20 degrees. Three-fourths of American homes have air-conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy website, energy.gov. That cooling consumes approximately...

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Millennials tend to wildly overestimate the cost of life insurance

In “Star Trek” lore, a Vulcan salute – hand raised, palm forward, fingers split to form a V – is accompanied by the words, “Live long and prosper.” When we’re younger, the future can seem boundless. Even though we...

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Be kind to your car’s engine: check the oil

The host of the British TV series “Fifth Gear” conceded that what he was doing was “cruelty to cars” and should be an arrestable offense. But he did it anyway. He drained the oil from a car’s engine and then took to...

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Driveway sealing: coal tar or petroleum asphalt

With your paved driveway in need of refreshing, you’re presented with choices: namely, do the work yourself or hire a professional for the job. If you opt for the latter, you also have options: use a traditional coal-...

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You are getting very sleepy: the dangers of drowsy driving

If an extended rest isn't an option, a 20-minute nap can help prevent drowsy driving. It’s late at night, and the car ahead of you is driving erratically, swerving in and out of its lane, even running over rumble...

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