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    May is Massachusetts Motorcycle Safety Inspection Month

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

    Do you own a motorcycle?  If you can answer "yes," there are two dates you need to remember:

    • the month of December is when all motorcycle registrations expire
    • the month of May is when all motorcycles need to have their annual safety inspection done
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    With the nicer weather FINALLY upon us we will see more and more motorcycles out on the road.  Please look for them and please look out for them!  

    If you are a bike owner, May is typically when New England weather allows you to pull that bike out, get a tune up done, and make sure it is road ready.  Here's a list of some of the items to check:

    • tires
    • lights
    • turn signals
    • mirrors
    • horn
    • brakes
    • oil
    • fuel
    • muffler noise

    Massachusetts is a helmet state.  When on the bike you should be wearing a US DOT standard helmet.  It is very important that this helmet is the correct size for your head.  In the event of an accident, having a properly fitted helmet can save your life.  Straps need to be buckled at all times.

    If your motorcycle does not have a windshield you should be wearing some type of eye protection such as goggles, eye glasses, sunglasses or a face shield.

    ALWAYS wear appropriate clothing.  So many times you see a driver or passenger wearing shorts, tank tops and/or open toe shoes.  None of that will help protect you if you go down.  No one expects this to ever happen, but it's far better to be safe than sorry...road rash can be nasty.

    To discuss your motorcycle insurance, get a no-obligation quote, or to have any questions on this topic answered, please call a Gordon Atlantic Insurance professional toll free at 1-800-649-3252.  Prefer to type instead of talk?  Use the form at the top left of this blog.

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    Tags: inspection, summer safety, auto inspection, motorcycle safety, look twice to save a life

    Danger: Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Cars

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 07:22 PM

    Keep your pets and children safe by not leaving them in the car with auto from andrew g gordon incWhat nice weather we've been having! The sun is warm, the sky is clear, and you decide to take your dog to the beach… but first, you need to make a quick stop. You walk in with the intention of buying sunscreen, but that turns into a lot more when you realize you need water, you remember that you’re out of shampoo, and oh hey!- you just ran into your BFF whom you haven’t seen in a million years! Sweet!

    More like sweat. Your poor dog is left out in your car, dying. Literally.

    Cars are like an oven. Even when parked in the shade, with the windows rolled down, cars gather hot air. The car interior absorbs heat, and the windows help keep the heat in. The temperature in the car can rise to well over 150 degrees Fahrenheit- there have even been cases with degrees over 200 degrees Fahrenheit reported.

    If it hasn’t been made clear enough yet, do not leave children and pets out in the car. Not even for a minute.

    Every year, children and pets left in cars die from heat stroke. While leaving them out in the car is the cause of the problem, another problem arises from those who do not report it.

    If you see a child or a pet left unattended in car on a hot summer’s day, take the initiative yourself and call the authorities. With heat stroke, you don't know how long the child/pet has been left in the car- and time is of the essence. Inform a store manager that “a (color) (car model) with license plate (######) has unattended children/pets”.  

    This sad story occurs all too often, and these heat stroke deaths can be prevented SO easily. All it takes is a quick call.

    If you have any other questions about risk management and/or safety, feel free to contact us.


    Tags: children, auto, pet safety, children safety, hot cars, summer safety, child, cars, pets, pet

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