How to Survive Holiday Travel

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With the Thanksgiving holiday only a week away, we thought it’d be great to share some tips to help you survive the craziness that comes with traveling for the holidays.

  1. Don’t travel during peak times. This one may seem obvious, but if you can avoid travel the day before Thanksgiving or a few days before Christmas, those are the busiest on the road and in airports. If you can’t avoid this, make sure you account for more driving time on the road. If you are flying, pack some extra reading or listening material to keep you entertained should your flight delay.
  2. Have an emergency road kit in your car. This is especially important when you have to plan for snow during travel. Things like bottled water, extra seasonal gear, a flashlight, granola bars, and blankets are some items that can make a huge difference should you get stuck in bad weather. For a more extensive list, check out this link.
  3. Bring things to entertain the kids (and yourself). We all know long car rides and layovers at the airport are tiresome. If you have a DVD player in your car, bring movies that will keep kids entertained, or let them play games on a tablet with each other. If you’re driving solo, have your favorite playlist or podcasts downloaded and ready to go.
  4. Pack plenty of drinks and food for both road and air travel. Rather than having to make a lot of pit stops while on the road, plan ahead and pack some easy snacks/sandwiches that you or your family can enjoy. While you can’t bring any liquids through airport security, you can pack an empty water bottle to refill once through security; they also accept most snacks, which can save you from spending an arm and a leg on airport food.

There you have it! While travel at this time of year can be stressful, being prepared and planning ahead can always help. Safe travels!

For more tips, check out this link.

Prepping your Home for Fall and Winter

It’s hard to believe it’s already November. With an impending winter upon us, it’s time to start prepping your home for the cold weather. Here are some tips to help prep your home and perhaps help you save some money in the long run!

  1. Reprogram your thermostat.
  2. Clean your furnace and switch out filters.
  3. Properly store your outdoor furniture from the elements. 
  4. Clean and inspect your fireplace.
  5. Look for any gaps and cracks in your insulation.
  6. Inspect your windows and screens and fix any holes.
  7. Insulate your pipes for the winter.
  8. Switch the batteries in your smoke and monoxide detectors.
  9. Don’t forget about Daylight Savings time! In case you missed it this weekend, set all your clocks an hour back.

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Sharing the Road During Harvest Season

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Earlier this week we mentioned harvest season and being patient if you get behind a tractor. Here are some more tips to keep all parties safe as you share the road. Though these are important to always keep in mind, they are especially important when you are more likely to encounter farm equipment on roads you don’t expect.

  1. Slower speeds mean drivers will be more tempted to pass a farm machine. If you do, make sure you can safely judge passing distance and double check there are no oncoming vehicles. Also be on the lookout for driveways into fields that the tractor operator may need to change road position for. Of course, only pass in legally marked zones and don’t do so recklessly.
  2. Watch for yellow and black road signs with a symbol of a tractor. These will be within 500 feet of an intersection to alert drivers of a farm drive with an obstructed view.
  3. Check for turn signals on a farm implement, or watch for the operator to hand signal when lights are not present.
  4. Farm implements may be traveling on roads where they are normally not expected For example, farmers may use local streets or highways to transport grain to storage facilities.
  5. And of course, always keep a safe distance back if you find yourself driving behind a tractor. The farm vehicle operator may not be able to see around the equipment, so don’t assume they know you are approaching. Similar to semi-trucks, many use large extended mirrors. When a driver follows too closely, the vehicle isn’t visible to the operator.

For more information, please visit the following link where content for this post was culled from: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/news/2016/10/07/sharing-the-road-during-fall-harvest-season/

Erie Insurance Awarded by J.D. Power 7 years in a row

For the seventh year in a row, Erie Insurance was awarded “Highest Satisfaction with the Auto Insurance Purchase Experience” by J.D. Power. Erie scored 917 points on a 1,000 point scale, 65 points above the industry average of 852. Way to go Erie!

Leland Smith Insurance is proud to represent Erie Insurance. Have any questions or are interested in a better auto policy? Contact our office any time during regular business hours, M-F 8:30-5:00pm. One of our fantastic agents would be happy to assist you in getting the right coverage and savings. Screen Shot 2019-10-15 at 6.57.20 PM

 

Hickey-Morris Insurance Ribbon Cutting

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2019 has brought some changes to the Hickey-Morris Insurance agency beginning with the retirement of longtime agents, Dennis Hickey and Dan Morris.  Hickey-Morris Insurance merged in 2016 with Leland Smith Insurance Services to allow for a smooth transition upon Dennis and Dan’s retirement.  The office is currently managed by Kyle Strawn and Brooke Meyer with part-time receptionist, Karen Morris.  With a few updates and slight modifications the office has a whole new look, but same great customer service.

Leland Smith Insurance Services, serving the community for almost 40 years, offers an expansive portfolio of companies to meet every insurance need.  Hickey-Morris Insurance and Leland Smith Insurance Services will continue to offer one on one customer service, commitment to the community and support for our area youth activities- which has been a trademark of our agencies since they were established.

Further information about our agencies and what we offer can be found online at http://www.lelandsmith.com or by calling the Delphos office at 419-692-5876.

Employee Spotlight – Michael Menzel

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT- MICHAEL MENZEL

Mike has worked in the insurance industry since 1997 and has spent the last 10 years with Shisler Insurance. He specializes in Property & Casualty Insurance and is the Office Manager at the Paulding office.

He was raised in suburban Philadelphia, PA. Mike is a graduate of Kennett High School and attended Penn State University. He became a licensed agent in 2008.

Mike and his wife, Kim, reside in Defiance, OH and have four children, Jacob-21 (University of Cincinnati), Zachary-18 (University of Toledo), Ashley-16 (Defiance High School), and Emma-5 (St. John Lutheran School). They are members of St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance.

Mike’s hobbies include watching all the major Philadelphia sports teams: the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers. He’s also a big fan of Penn State Football and Villanova basketball. On the weekends, Mike can be found buried in a good book, attending Ashley’s volleyball matches, and exploring local breweries for new craft beers.

Mike enjoys assisting his customers with all of their insurance needs and always has felt that customer service is the most important aspect of small business. Mike can be contacted at mmenzel@shislerinsurance.com or at 419-399-5121.

We have an APP for that!

Have you heard about our Leland Smith Insurance app, and are wondering what you can do with it? Well look no further! Our user-friendly app can do multiple things, and we’ve compiled a list right here:

  1. Start a claim either by phone, through a quick online form, or with accident services
  2. Request a quote on commercial, home, auto, life, or health insurance
  3. Make your insurance payment
  4. Securely store your auto ID cards and account information
  5. Dial accident support
  6. Refer a friend
  7. Request policy and certificate information
  8. Get directions to our office
  9. Plug in your favorite repair shop
  10. Add your roadside assistance company
  11. Lookup nearby hotels, gas stations, towing services and taxis
  12. Keep a running inventory of your household items
  13. Add accident history
  14. Hold a contact list of all LSI agents and supporting insurance companies
  15. Direct links to our Facebook, website, and blog
  16. Lookup your medical provider

As you can see, this app is able to be personalized to your unique policies making insurance much more convenient for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Search “Leland Smith Services” in the App store or Google Play and download to your iPhone or Android for FREE. Seriously. It’s free and user-friendly. Give it a try! IMG_1754.PNG