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Winter auto safety checklist

Check out these tips to help keep you and your car in the best shape possible for the winter to come!

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Driving on black ice

There aren't any fool-proof ways to avoid black ice, but you can certainly protect yourself by understanding and knowing how to deal with this seasonal issue!

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Tips for buying a used car

Buying a used car can be scary — especially if you worry about being scammed. There's nothing worse than seeing a car you like online, checking it out in person and making the purchase — only to realize the previous owner 'forgot' to mention some serious mechanical issues.

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Helpful tips for new drivers

I remember the first day I passed my driver's test. I felt like I was on cloud nine — invincible. I instantly thought about all of the places I was going to go by myself. No more asking my parents or friends for a ride — my ticket to being independent had finally come, and I was ready to take on the road like a pro!

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When it's raining cats and dogs

Unfortunately, that old nursery rhyme, "Rain, rain, go away; Come again some other day" rarely works, which is why there are over 5,760,000 vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. on average.

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Are snow tires right for your vehicle?

Around this time every year, my husband makes some sort of comment about snow tires. He usually brings it up when we're talking about my concern for the road conditions. We've never used snow tires before, but that doesn't stop my husband from extolling their virtues. I, on the other hand, think all-season tires work just fine, provided they have good tread.

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Winter auto safety checklist

Icy and snow-filled roads can take a toll on your car and make driving even more dangerous! Help keep your car in the best possible shape this winter.

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Give the gift of a safe ride home — Be a designated driver

If you're like many Americans, you're traveling sometime over the next ten days and apparently not playing the song Santa Baby. You're heading to see family and friends, or maybe attending a fancy soiree to ring in 2015.

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Don't be a deer in the headlights

Animals with other things on their minds seem to jump out at us while we drive, which can cause major safety issues. That's why we're providing some guidelines to help prevent a collision between your car and an animal during this season!

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Items to bring on a road trip

If you're in need of a quick weekend getaway or a long-week vacation from home, a smart and affordable solution is a road trip! Normally, gas is cheaper than airfare, and you don't have to sit in those long lines at the airport or wait for a layover.

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What to do after a car accident

Whether you've gotten into a fender bender or totaled your car, accidents are scary. No matter the cause – weather and road conditions, irresponsible driving behavior, or something unforeseen – you should be prepared for any possibility.

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Distracted driving — Not worth the risk

It was a bright summer day with nice clear roads when I left work on a Tuesday afternoon. As usual, I went straight to the daycare center to pick up my two kids. I glanced in the rearview mirror as I waited to turn left into the parking lot and in a split second I knew it — the giant SUV barreling down on me didn't see me and wasn't going to stop.

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Work Zone Awareness Week — What you need to know!

Once I see that the cars are slowing down, I always get frustrated and then I see that the cars are merging to one lane (way too late) and all that makes me think is, ugh...it must be road construction.

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Keeping your teen safe on prom night

Driving is usually not an important component in a teen's mind, but for parents it can be a big worry. Many parents often overlook the need to have honest discussions with their teens about safe driving and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

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Watch out! Distracted driving dangers

Sometimes I am amazed at how distracted I can be while driving. Before I worked here at Foremost (in my opinion, a very safety conscience company) I never realized how distracted I really was.

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How to change your car's oil

If you hate taking the time and money to have a shop change your oil, changing it yourself is the perfect project to take on. After learning how to do it myself, I put together some helpful guidelines.

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Tips every rideshare driver should know

Rideshare. It's a wildly popular and relatively new industry that's changing the way we think about transportation. Millions of people have become rideshare drivers, and even more have used their incredibly convenient services.

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"Time is money" Savings for Memorial Day driving

It's amazing how much money you can save, if you have the time. My Mom always told me, "Time is Money." I rolled my eyes when I was younger, but now that I am a working adult, those words couldn't be truer.

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Double trouble: Social media and driving don't mix

Hold the phone. Actually, just put it away when you're driving. This practice may seem like common sense, but if you hop onto Google, you'll find dozens of articles pointing fingers at social media sites for deadly car crashes.

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Back to school safety: Sharing the road with a school bus

The new school year is approaching fast, and soon many kids will be relying on school buses to get to class. Fortunately, school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation for traveling to and from school (Safe Kids Worldwide).

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Potholes — The car killer

Sadly, I'm sure we can all relate to that dreaded pounding feeling after hitting that one pothole we always try to avoid in our neighborhood. Potholes are car killers. According to Firestone Auto Care, hitting a pothole can cause expensive damage to your tires, wheel rims and suspension; cause premature wear on shocks and struts, interfere with your vehicle's steering system — the list goes on and on.

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Spring cleaning for your car

There's nothing quite as nice as the smell of spring. The sweetness of flowers and the freshness of a rainy day give an exciting indication of the warmth to come. However, while winter melts away, your car is probably getting more dirty with each drive. Between the salt stains, dirt-streaks, and crumpled leaves, that car might not be looking so good. I suggest you do what I do for spring cleaning: roll your sleeves up and follow these quick cleaning tips to scrape away what is left from winter!

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Teen driving = Big responsibility

Cruising down the strip in my mini-van, windows down, friends in tow, listening to some sort of 90's hair band without a care in the world - now that was the life. I remember how fun it was to finally turn 16, drive around the town feeling 100 feet four-lines because I was an adult (in my eyes). I don't remember seeing my parents act nervous or scared - although I'm sure after I pulled out of the driveway they were a nervous wreck.

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Keeping your most precious cargo safe on the road

Is the car seat in right? Are the buckles too loose? Is the booster right? Should the seatbelt be tighter? These are the questions that run through my mind every time I put my 3-year-old daughter in the car with me or give me 5-year-old niece a ride. Who are we kidding, a lot more worries than that go through my mind, but the responsibility of having a child passenger is a big one.

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Teens taking to the wheel — May is Youth Traffic Safety Month

There are many avenues to explore when teaching your teenager to drive safe, why not take a few tips from Foremost

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Car seat safety for snow-state mommies and daddies

A child may be buckled in tightly with their winter coat on, but in an accident, the impact of pressure would compact the bulk of the coat making the harness too loose to keep the child safe.

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Drive sober or get pulled over

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people. Not alarmed by that statistic? Nearly 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving each year (NHTSA). How about now? Maybe once it hits closer to home, people will really see the impact.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week

Getting behind the wheel can be a long awaited rite of passage for teen drivers, but must be handled with care. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 859 teenagers were killed in car accidents in 2012. That high statistic shows us just how important teen driver safety awareness is.

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Going coo-coo for car seat safety

Even a typical mom or dad can end up in some surprising positions when installing a car seat. I still haven't found an easier or more graceful way to do this.

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Car seat safety Saturday. A very important day.

I get up in the morning, rush around to get ready, and place my sleeping child in her car seat. I buckle the straps and tighten, but is that enough? National Car Seat Check Saturday is coming up this weekend and it has made me realize I need to get my car seat checked.

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Driving under the influence — of my dog.

The summer months are a great time for road trips with friends, family and of course — your pet. Our dog was a part of my family growing up. Wherever we went, she'd come along. I recall many childhood trips, piling into the family van with the dog lying in the area by the sliding door and heading off to our destination. Times have changed quite a bit.

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On the road, off the phone

Driving while talking or texting on a cell phone can be a divisive topic. It's not safe, yet people still do it. Restrictions vary, so anyone driving across state lines better have an excellent memory or err completely on the side of caution to abide all of the laws.

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Keep those wheels spinning! It's National Tire Safety Week.

Did you know that tire safety is recognized and those spinning rubber wheels actually have their own safety week? I'll admit it, I didn't and I bet I'm not the only one. When it comes to my tires I rarely think about them other than where they can get me to next and how fast we can get there.

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Distracted driving: It's not just about cell phones and texting

Talking and texting on cell phones are the most frequently talked about concerns involving accidents and distracted driving, with texting now taking the lead over concerns about drivers who talk on their cell phones while operating a vehicle.

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Choose your carrier!

Play our game show and find out what kind of carrier is right for your auto policies!

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The weather outside is frightening

It has been snowing, nonstop, for three days. Just when I start to think it will never stop snowing, it stops. At this point, I am finally smiling again and feeling relieved. A day later, it starts raining nonstop. I am now regretting all of my wishes for the snow to go away, because rain and freezing temperatures during the winter season can only mean one thing — icy roads.

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You don't think drugged driving is that dangerous? Keep reading.

Websites, TV commercials, mom, and dad are always emphasizing the dangers of drunk driving, but how often is drugged driving discussed?

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Msg 4 Teens — Pls Don't Txt WhIl Drivin

This is National Teens "Don't Text and Drive" Week. In reality, it could just be National "Don't Text and Drive" Week, because distracted driving is a problem for more age groups than just the under-20 set.

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Leading by example, Teen Driver Safety Week

Celebrate! Celebrate what? National Teen Driver Safety Week, that's what. If you have a teenager driving this is a great excuse to get them to listen to some very important safety tips and information. National Teen Driver Safety Week is observed October 20-26 this year and is focused on "It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parent Drivers."

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Car accident checklist

Use our Car Accident Checklist download to assist you in the event you are in an accident. Take steps before hand to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Download your guide now.

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Dangers of texting while driving

Texting while driving has taken over as a bad driver behavior. Learn the dangers and facts of texting while driving.

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Distracted driving

Looking around at things outside your car is number one for distracted driving. Learn some tips from Foremost Insurance to keep you focused and safe while you are driving.

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Flood driving safety tips

Flooding can happen quickly and without much notice. For this reason, you should always be prepared and remember flood driving safety tips.

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Car theft prevention tips

Use our car theft prevention tips to minimize your chance of becoming a victim.

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