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Ideal weather and scenic views make Brandon an exceptional place to ride motorcycles. GreatFlorida Insurance wants every biker to enjoy the adventure of riding whether you are an enthusiast or a novice. Being out on the open road in Brandon can leave you exposed to bad weather conditions and drivers not watching for cyclists. GreatFlorida Insurance can offer you an affordable motorcycle policy to protect you and your ride in Brandon.

Do you need Motorcycle Insurance?

YES! It's as critical as wearing a helmet.

Motorcyclists know there's risk involved every time they hop on their bikes, but that doesn't stop them from revving up their engines to feel the wind on their face and the rush of a good ride.

In addition to protective gear like helmets, there are precautions that you can take with you on every ride. You'll never even know they're there—that is, until you need them.

A strong Brandon Motorcycle Insurance policy is not an option that should be overlooked. That's why GreatFlorida Insurance provides motorcycle policies that give you the true freedom to ride.

A GreatFlorida Motorcycle Insurance Agent in Brandon is ready to help you find the best deal. Get a free quote today by calling 813-982-4077 or completing our online quote request form.

What is included in my motorcycle insurance coverage?

  • Bodily injury liability coverage: When you're involved in an accident, the first thoughts you have undoubtedly involve assessing if you're injured followed by wondering if the other person (people) involved are injured.

    If you do injure or kill someone or if you need projection in a lawsuit against you, this type of coverage will protect you.

    What do you need? A GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Brandon will work with you to choose the level of limits of protection that best suits your needs.

  • Collision coverage: Accidents may cause damage to your motorcycle. Regardless of whether that damage is your fault or not, you will be protected when you have collision coverage included in your policy.

  • Accessories coverage: Most comprehensive policies include coverage for your accessories. When this type of damage occurs (including damage to your helmet), this coverage will pay it.

  • Comprehensive physical damage coverage: Sometimes damage occurs from something other than an accident, such as theft or vandalism. GreatFlorida Insurance can provide policies that cover these damages too.

  • Unisured/underinsured motorists coverage: Unfortunately, not everyone carries motorcycle insurance. When you are hit by someone who doesn't carry insurance, you'll still be projected when you have uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage in your policy.

Do I need motorcycle insurance under Florida law?

Florida law does not require motorcycle insurance. However, if you are charged with an accident that causes injuries, you will be required to obtain insurance (if there was no prior policy in place).

What types of medical coverage exist?

Choose between medical payments, no-fault or personal injury protection coverage for you and your passengers.

What types of motorcycles are covered?

GreatFlorida Insurance can create a custom policy for you regardless of the type of bike you ride. From moped insurance to scooter insurance to trike insurance to dirt bike insurance to motocross insurance, Harley-Davidson Insurance, there is a policy to fit every biker's needs.

How can I get started building my custom policy?

GreatFlorida Insurance makes it easy to create your custom motorcycle insurance policy.

Call 813-982-4077 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Motorcycle Insurance Agent in Brandon will help you find the best deal for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
3/27/2019

“Towing a boat may seem simple but it requires more than getting a trailer and hitch,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent boat insurance agency.

Improper towing can lead to tipping, unattached cargo and cause serious damage to suspension and braking systems as well as strain to your engine and transmission.

Make sure to avoid common boat towing mistakes before hitting the road. Below are tips from goboatingflorida.com.

Disconnected brake lights

Always check the electrical connector to make sure your brake lights, taillights and turn signals are all working. Have someone behind the boat while you tap the brakes and use turn signals to make sure they are working. Keep an extra trailer light bulb in your vehicle in case the light goes out. Keeping the electrical wires taut at the right length will stop them from dragging on the ground and disconnecting during turns.

Forgetting about what’s in tow

No matter how strong your tow vehicle is, it will be less responsive once a trailer is behind it. You won’t be able to accelerate, turn or brake as fast, so be sure to look up the road and give yourself extra time and space to change lanes or slow down.

“It’s a good idea to take a practice run before you hit the road,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent boat insurance agency.

Ignoring your vehicles tow specs

Before you plan a trip, it’s crucial to know how much your vehicle is rated to tow. Don’t forget it isn’t just about how much your boat weighs, it also includes how much gear and fuel you have inside the boat. Even if you’ve checked the weight limit, always keep an eye on your tire pressure and temperature gauge. Installing a weight distribution bar system can help smooth out the ride and properly tow up to your vehicle’s max capacity. It’s natural to assume that bigger is better but check your tongue weight before purchasing the bars. When you’ve set this up properly the load bars will be parallel with the frame of the trailer. If you notice excessive bouncing between your vehicle and trailer, your setup may be incorrect.

Using the wrong size ball hitch

It’s important to use the properly rated hitch ball for your towing system. Boat supply store, West Marine, explains, “The coupler mounts and locks on top of the hitch ball and articulates around the hitch ball. Recreational and light commercial hitch balls come in a variety of sizes including 1 7/8″, 2″, 2 5/16″ and infrequently, 3″. Lighter trailers generally use smaller hitch balls. The diameter of hitch balls is fairly standard, but shank diameters and the hitch ball weight ratings may differ. The rating of the hitch ball is just as important as the receiver hitch rating.”

Failing to secure gear

Make sure to secure fishing and ski equipment, life vests, seat cushions and coolers before heading out. Fasten down anything vulnerable to blowing out of your boat while traveling down the road.

Contact GreatFlorida Insurance today to get a quote for boat insurance today. Our offices are located throughout Florida for your convenience.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
3/20/2019

Maintaining your car can require a lot of time and money. “Regular maintenance of your car can save you bigger car problems in the future” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s biggest independent car insurance agency.

In fact, AAA reports that most roadside trouble is a result of neglect from car owners failing to perform basic maintenance tasks. While some jobs are better left to the professionals, listed below are some simple and affordable tasks you can handle on your own.

Jump start your car

It can happen when you are on your way out, your battery is drained because you left on the lights. Simply jumping your car can get you back on the road.  It’s quick and easy. All you need is another vehicle and jumper cables. To start, turn off the engine on both cars. Grab jumper cables. Connect the positive (red) clamps to the positive terminal, one on each car battery. Throughout this process, do not let the jumper leads come into contact. Attach one negative (black) clamp to the negative terminal of the working car. Attach the other black clamp to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery. Start the engine of the working car and wait five minutes. Then start your car. Do not turn off your engine.

Replace windshield wiper blades

Wipers should be replaced every six to eight months. You can pick them up at an auto parts store, online or a big box store. The store should have a manual telling you the type of wipers you need based on your car model and make. It is as easy as sliding them off and on, directions are included.

Checking car fluids

Fluids such as engine oil, brake fluid, wiper fluid and radiator coolant are essential to your vehicle’s function. Consult your owner’s manual to know how often to check your fluids. Park your car on a flat level surface and set the parking brake. Remember, always allow time for the engine to cool off before opening the hood. Many fluid levels can be checked using the dipstick included or checking the fluid reservoir.

Check tire pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure gives your tires greater longevity, quicker steering response, a smoother ride and better fuel efficiency. Tiremaker, Bridgestone has the following recommendations for checking your tires. Gather the following items, a tire pressure gauge and air compressor. You can use an air compressor found at most gas stations. Check your car manual to find the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch of pressure). Check the tire pressure with your gauge. You can do that by removing the valve cap from your tire. Then place the pressure gauge on the valve stem and press down hard enough so the hiss sounds disappears, and your gauge provides a reading. With a standard gauge, the air pressure will push a small bar out from the bottom of the gauge. Measurement units are etched into the bar. A digital gauge will show you a reading on the screen. After checking each tire, fill to the correct PSI and repeat every month.

“For peace of mind, GreatFlorida Insurance can always sign you up for Emergency Roadside Service with your car insurance,” says Ellsworth Buck.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
3/13/2019

Recently in Pasco County, some inmates helped rescue a baby locked inside a vehicle. The parents of the child accidentally locked her in the car, leaving their keys on the front seat. A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Inmate supervisor and five low-risk offenders repairing a parking lot meridian nearby offered to help. With a coat hanger and a special, “skill set” the inmates were able to open the door and retrieve the child.

“Thankfully the parents realized immediately the baby was in the car,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent car insurance agency.

While it seems unfathomable, people leave their children behind in the car several times a year. In 2018, over 50 children died in hot cars according to safety advocacy website, Kidsandcars.org.

The website highlights University of South Florida Psychology Professor, David Diamond’s work on why people forget and leave a child behind in a car. He explains it has to do with the complex functions of the brain. He states that the problem is the failure of prospective memory, the process by which the brain remembers to do something in the future. Professor Diamond says, “The brain memory systems that fail when people forget children in cars are the same as those systems that cause us to forget to shut off the headlights when we arrive at a destination.”

Several brain processes are involved with leaving a child in the car. Many factors can disrupt these processes such as stress, interruptions, multitasking, and sleep deprivation. Also, Professor Diamond points out, the lack of visual or verbal reminders increase the chance of a child being left in the car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash-related fatalities among children. When a child is left in a hot car, their temperature can rise quickly.

“Children suffer heatstroke even if they are left in the car for a few minutes,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.

Children are vulnerable to heatstroke. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the following are some facts about kids and heatstroke.

Kids aren’t built for heat: A child’s body temperatures rises 3-5 times faster than an adult.

Every minute counts: The temperature of a car can climb 20 degrees in 20 minutes.

It doesn’t have to be hot: Heatstroke can occur in the shade, with the windows down, and even at temperatures as low as 57 degrees.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
3/6/2019

You are in pain. You reach for some pain-reliever only to notice it’s expired. Do you still take it?

“It is a good idea to conduct an annual inventory of your medication,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.

Since 1979, the U.S. Drug and Food Administration (FDA) has required an expiration date on all over-the-counter medication.

According to the FDA, “Drug expiration dates reflect the time period during which the product is known to remain stable, which means it retains its strength, quality, and purity when it is stored according to its labeled storage conditions.”

However, the FDA conducted a study finding 90% of more than 100 drugs, prescription and OTC were good to use even 15 years after the expiration date. While taking medication past the expiration date, cannot guarantee full potency, most of the effectiveness is retained.

Proper storage can help medication can retain its strength. Placing drugs in a cool, dry environment such as the refrigerator, will extend its shelf life. If left in a hot environment, such as your car, some drugs degrade rapidly.

Consensus among doctors is, expiration dates are very conservative to make sure you get your money’s worth. But, don’t be in a hurry to ditch your expired medication, save yourself some money. Tablet medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) can remain effective for years after being opened.

“While most meds are fine to use after their expiration date, that doesn’t mean they all are,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent health insurance agency.

The safety of expired meds should be considered. The FDA says of expired medication, “It also may yield toxic compounds, causing consumers to experience unintended side effects.”

Liquid medications deteriorate faster. According to Harvard Medical School you should avoid using the following medications after their expiration date.

  • Tetracycline (this antibiotic loses its effectiveness after expiration, though scientists are still researching this)
  • Nitroglycerin (taken as heart medication)
  • Insulin
  • Liquid antibiotics

GreatFlorida Insurance is committed to helping Floridians stay healthy. Our experienced agents can offer you and your family quality health insurance policies to fit your needs while staying within your budget. Call us at 888-478-7801 or go online to www.greatflorida.com for a free quote today.

GreatFlorida Insurance is a authorized vendor of health insurance for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

GreatFlorida Insurance is a authorized vendor of health insurance for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/27/2019

Longing for an adventure- to get away from the grind? A place with great views, all within your budget. It might be closer than you think.

The RV Industry Association(RVIA) saw record sales for 2017.  More than 10.5 million households own at least one RV. In fact, half of all new sales were to Americans 45 and under.

“This alters the profile of RV travelers being older, retired couples,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s biggest independent RV insurance agency.

The appeal of traveling in an RV includes, the convenience of traveling with kids and pets, unplugging, the outdoors and affordability. Do not think you have to surrender creature comforts because you are camping. RV’s come equipped with satellite TV, hardwood floors, a dishwasher,  a washer and dryer, even a fireplace.

Full-time RV living

Living in an RV is not everyone’s idea of an epic adventure. However, a growing number of Americans are ditching their mortgages for life on the open road. “It might seem crazy to trade your home for an RV but many find it inspiring,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent RV insurance provider.

RVIA reports a million Americans live full-time in RVs. Some RVers choose this lifestyle for financial reasons. However, many are looking for a change. They give reasons that range from spending more time together as a family, or wanting a more simplistic way of living, while they all want to explore the country. Going from place to place and living on the road seems isolating. But many report forming a network of friends within the RV community.

So, how do these  constant travelers make money? Many full-time RVers have jobs that allow them to work from the road. Some are living off their retirement savings and Social Security. The Washington Post reports a variety of options to fund  travels by cleaning campsites, harvesting on farms or vineyards, or filling in as security guards. Also, people find work through word of mouth, on Workapmer News or Facebook groups such as Workampers. Amazon and J.C. Penny are among the companies with programs specifically designed to recruit RVers to help at warehouses during peak holiday season.

If you decide to join the millions who own ad RV, contact GreatFlorida Insurance  for auto insurance and RV insurance.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/6/2019

Tax season is upon us. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has begun receiving 2018 federal tax returns.

“With the recent tax cut and Jobs Act of 2017, people can expect a lot of changes,” says Ellsworth Buck of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

You can file for free electronically through the IRS website or download paper forms. Also, tax preparation companies such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block are filing tax returns to the IRS on behalf of their customers.

What’s new

According to U.S. News & World Report, the most significant changes this year are, tax rate changes, the doubling of the child tax credit, estate tax changes, business income, alimony payments and charitable and medical deductions. Also, the standard deduction nearly doubled to $12,000 for single tax filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly.

“Everyone has a different tax situation, some will come out better with the new changes while some, worse,” says Ellsworth Buck of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

How to Prepare:

Print a tax checklist from the IRS, Turbo Tax or H&R Block. Collect and file necessary tax documents such as W-2s from your employers and 1099s from your bank. Do not forget to gather charitable contribution receipts.

Pull out old returns to remind yourself of the credits and deductions you claimed the previous year.

Common life events that could affect your taxes include, marriage, divorce, growing your family, educational expenses, buying or selling a home, retirement, accepting a promotion, receiving an inheritance and dealing with a death.

Deadlines

You have until April, 15 to file your 2018 taxes electronically or postmark your paper taxes. Tax returns for LLCs and S-corporations are due, March 15.

If you are looking for reliable homeowners insurance and trustworthy agents to guide you through the insurance buying process, contact GreatFlorida Insurance today.

 

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/30/2019

This Sunday, millions of viewers plan to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams as they meet up for the Super Bowl. In the U.S., 72 percent of adults plan to watch the game, while 44 million people plan to host a Super Bowl party according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insight and Analytics.

Hosting a house full of guests can have you playing defense. However, never fear, you have solid back up. Homeowners insurance will keep you protected.

“If you regularly host parties checking into an umbrella policy is a good idea. These policies help curb liability expenses that can happen during a party,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Below are possible scenarios you could experience on Super Bowl Sunday. Also, is an explanation on how your home insurance keeps you covered.

 

Man down

As a homeowner, you are responsible for keeping your property safe. If someone trips over a rug on the way to the bathroom and is injured, you could be held financially responsible. Fortunately, a standard home insurance policy includes $1,000 in medical coverage for injuries to guests, per person. Liability coverage is also included if you are sued for injuries.

Fired up

Super Bowl Sunday is a big grilling day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), reports Super Bowl Sunday as the second largest food consumption day in America.

Understandably, if you get distracted by the game and a mishap with the grill or a kitchen fire occurs, don’t worry you are covered. Dwelling coverage pays for the cost of damage or destruction to your home. If you plan to use a fryer, follow the following safety tips:

Keep the fryer at least 10 feet away from your home and never cook in the garage or on a wood deck.

Place the fryer on a level surface.

Keep children at a safe distance from the fryer.

Don’t use too much oil and over fill the fryer.

Monitor the temperature and use caution when touching the fryer, the lid and handles can be very hot.

Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Illegal use of hands

To be on the safe side, consider hiding away your treasures that could be easily pocketed.

Keep an updated picture of your valuables for insurance inventory,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

While you don’t expect your friends to steal your stuff, you don’t always know everyone who comes over on game day. If something of yours goes missing, your personal property coverage pays to replace stolen items.

Stay protected in your home with dependable home insurance Contact a GreatFlorida Insurance agent today at 1-888-478-7801 or complete our free online quote request form at www.greatflorida.com.

 

 

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