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    License Plate Lights

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

    Some of us are very familiar with cars driving out and about with broken headlights or brake lights (both of which are very dangerous, regardless of how fun the game "padiddle" might be). But I recently learned something else- something about a license plate light (circled in yellow in the picture below).

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    License plates lights are lights in the rear of your car that illuminate your license plate to all other drivers. It allows other drivers to read your license plate number- most likely for if they need to report you for anything illegal. Now, if you were doing something illegal, you wouldn't want your license plate to be showing anyway. However, there have been instances in which license plate lights have gone out and people have been doing completely innocent things. That happened to my friend while I was in the passenger seat; he was pulled over by the police.

    Most people don't consider license plates lights, but it's something that we should not forget about. If you find that you or a friend has a car in which the license plate lights have do not work, do NOT drive at night. It's an illegal offense and you will be pulled over.

    What should you do?

    If you do find that your license plate lights have gone out, as I've said, do NOT go out driving at night. You can get these lights fixed at several car shops and mechanics, or you can do-it-yourself. If you do-it-yourself, make sure you order white lights for your license plate. Other colors are not acceptable in Massachusetts and any form of a blue or red light on a moving vehicle is reserved for emergency vehicles. You do not want to get pulled over and face consequences for incorrect license plates lights as well as impersonating an emergency vehicle- especially over something as tiny as a license plate light!

    Safety inspection

    License plate lights are one of the things checked during a safety inspection in Massachusetts, just like headlights and brake lights. While those two may seem higher and of more importance on the hierarchy of car lights, don't forget the license plate lights. They'll get you every time!

    If you have any other questions about safety, auto insurance, or any other car questions, feel free to contact us at Gordon Insurance. Learn more about auto insurance here.

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    Hidden Parking Lot Dangers

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 08:27 AM

    We all need to park our cars when we arrive at certain locations. This is fine at your own home or in your garage - nobody else is ever there; it's the perfect parking spot. However, we all must face other drivers when we venture out to public places... in the parking lot.

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    If you've ever been to a concert at the Comcast Center or have ever shopped at Derby Street in Hingham, you know what it's like when a parking lot is crowded. People fight for parking spots, sometimes cutting you off and leaving you thinking, "Well, that was rather rude." Or, when there's heavy traffic with leaving the parking lot, you can spend quite a bit of time trying to get out to the open road. (It took us 28 minutes to get out of the Ke$ha concert, most of that time was spent sitting and waiting. When we did move, it was typically only ten feet or so at a time).


    Ok, so you need to go out and get something late at night. Maybe it's an ingredient for a recipe or some soap for your shower, but you park in the parking lot. Whenever you do that, park as close to the store as you can. Make sure you park underneath some lights too. If you're car is visible, then there's a smaller chance of a break-in or some sort of vandalism to occur without going unnoticed.

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    Awkward Parking

    Sometimes people do a poor job of parking cars. One of the tires may cross the line, two spaces might be taken up, and/or the overall parking job can be rather crooked. Avoid these bad parkers at all costs, because they might leave before you do. If they park next to a crooked car and they can't get out, don't assume they won't hit your car and drive away. It's worth driving the extra ten feet to steer clear of bad parkers and the ramifications that can come by parking nearby. If you do a bad parking job, my recommendation is to fix it. Check the area around you, pull out, straighten your tires and your car, and then pull back it. Even if you're only going to be parked there for five minutes, having a good parking job can really help you out.

    Hit and Runs

    This happened to one of my co-workers recently. She has a relatively new car, only two years old, and she parked in the parking lot to go to work. When she came out a certain number of hours later, the front of her car had been smashed in. No note was left by driver who had hit her car. You can bet my co-worker was mad. Her insurance did cover the cost of the damage to her car, but she's angry that a person would hit and run. In a parking lot! Did anybody else witness the hit?

    If you do witness a hit in the parking lot, take down the driver's license plate number and car model. That way, you can leave a note on the windshield. If you do this, you must also leave your contact information as you are a witness.

    To make sure you are totally covered with regards to your auto insurance, click any of the buttons below for information. We will quote your car absolutely free, and if you're not ready for a quote, learn more about auto insurance by visiting our auto page. Stay safe! And be wary of hidden parking lot dangers! Learn more about auto insurance here.

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    Some More Holiday Safety: Lights

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Sat, Dec 08, 2012 @ 04:32 PM

    IStay safe with holiday lights this season with personal from andrew gordon inc insurance norwell man our last blog post about holiday safety, we touched upon the topic of candles. In this blog, we’re going to talk a little about electrical safety.

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how decorated the world becomes. Some of my fondest Christmas memories are of driving through towns and down streets just to see the lights on the houses. Some neighborhoods go all out; some just have a couple of lights in the windows. Either way, lights constitute perhaps the largest part of holiday decorations- both inside and outside the home.

    Lights also pose several hazards. The best way to avoid these hazards is to follow the steps listed below:Learn about safe holiday light use this winter with personal and homeowners from Andrew Gordon inc insurance norwell ma

    • Make sure the lights you use outside are meant for outside use. If the lights are meant for indoor use, the weather can cause fires and electric shocks much more easily. Just check the tag.
    • When putting electric lights outside (say, on the roof) make sure you use appropriate ladder safety. (Have someone spot you, make sure the ladder is stable, ascend slowly and safely, etc.)
    • Check and change all the light bulbs BEFORE you plug in.
    • Keep the wires away from any pets that might be chewing on them.
    • Check to make sure the wires are not frayed or exposed.
    • If the wires start to overheat, unplug them immediately.

    Enjoy the holidays and all the dazzling lights! "Ooh" and "ahh" at the houses that go crazy with spirit! But remember to follow the steps above- nobody wants to enjoy the season in the dark.

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