Safeco Blogs

  • What to Consider When Choosing Auto Insurance
    by safeco on January 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Carrying a minimum amount of auto insurance is required by state laws, so you can’t legally drive without it. Yet while the minimum amount keeps your premiums lower, it can also put you at great risk if you have an accident. And after an accident is not the time to find out you’re underinsured. When […]

  • 5 Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
    by safeco on January 2, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Every year, unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning (not linked to fires) sends 20,000 people to the emergency room and causes more than 4,000 hospitalizations. And, you might consider them the fortunate ones. CO also is responsible for more than 400 deaths in America each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

  • When Roadside Assistance Isn’t Enough
    by safeco on December 5, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    If you’ve ever been stuck on the side of the highway with an RV issue, you know what a life saver roadside assistance can be. Whether you need a battery charged, a tire changed, or a tow you’re often back on the road in no time — and maybe with an amusing story to chuckle […]

  • How to Protect Your Classic Car
    by safeco on October 28, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    The collector car market evolves with each generation. While the Silent Generation started collecting cars, it was Baby Boomers who really got   it rolling. They fell in love with the Chevrolet Bel Air, the Ford Mustang, the Corvette Stingray, and other iconic vehicles. Along with restoring them,   they blended modern features with classic car bodies […]

  • Why You Might Want to Live Like a Minimalist
    by safeco on September 24, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Decluttering is having a moment these days. Organizing guru Marie Kondo has her own show on Netflix, people everywhere are going through their things and asking, “Does this bring me joy?” and many are even exploring the minimalist lifestyle. Wondering what the all the fuss is about? Let’s talk about some of the benefits of […]

  • How to Ride Your Motorcycle Safely in a Group
    by safeco on August 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Group riding is a favorite activity among many motorcycle riders. Whether you’re part of a riding club, a social event, a charity ride, or out for a leisurely cruise with friends, group riding can be a rewarding way to spend time doing what you love. However, group riding has its own risks. This is especially […]

  • It’s Back-to-School Time — Is Your House Ready?
    by safeco on August 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    We’re not quite sure where summer went, but if you haven’t noticed, it’s already time to think about the new school year. And as you think about how to get your kids organized and ready, consider doing the same thing for something else — your home. It won’t just be good for you; in many […]

  • Five Tips to (Finally) Get your Garage Organized
    by safeco on July 15, 2019 at 6:19 am

    There’s perhaps no organizing task more daunting than the garage—it’s often the dumping ground for the stuff that has no other place in the house, or the things you don’t use but just can’t bring yourself to toss. How do you know you’ve got a problem? Maybe you’ve noticed it’s getting harder and harder just […]

  • How to Make Your Family Vacation a Great One
    by safeco on June 26, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Summer is here, which means it’s time to think about family vacations! (If you haven’t been thinking about them all year, that is.) The family part of family vacations, however, can make things a little complicated. You want to choose a destination that is fun for everyone, including the kids. You want to ensure they’re […]

  • What Car Drivers Need to Know about Motorcycles
    by safeco on June 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Spring is here, which means you’ll likely see more motorcycles on the road. And the key word here is “see.” People driving cars and trucks often fail to notice the motorcyclists around them, partly because they’re not accustomed to looking for them. It’s obvious yet bears repeating: Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than car and […]

  • Boating Season is Here – Are You Up to Speed on Safety?
    by safeco on May 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    With spring in full bloom and summer just on the horizon, prime boating season is upon us. And you might notice more people on the water than ever, because sales of recreational boats have been growing at a steady clip for seven consecutive years now, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Fortunately, the number […]

  • 7 Facts About Teachers That Might Surprise You
    by safeco on May 1, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    “What really makes a teacher is love … for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.” Almost everyone has a story about a teacher who inspired them—the one who made learning fun, ignited a passion for a specific topic, or even pushed students hard […]

  • Three ways to lower your carbon footprint for Earth Day (and beyond)
    by safeco on April 16, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    On April 22, the 49th annual Earth Day is expected to include more than 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries taking part in what the Earth Day Network calls “the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.” Since the first Earth Day in 1970 (which was connected to the passage of the Clean […]

  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Finances During Financial Literacy Month
    by safeco on April 1, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    April is tax season, so a lot of people are thinking about their finances these days. But if you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking in the short term: What’s my refund going to be—or how much do I owe? And what is that going to do to my monthly budget? It’s good to be […]

  • Spring Cleaning Tips
    by safeco on March 25, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Of course, because spring is a time for new beginnings, cleaning and organization around the house are very popular this time of year. If you’re ready to tackle that monumental chore, read on for some helpful information. (And if you’re so tidy and organized throughout the year that spring cleaning isn’t a big chore for […]

  • Daylight Saving Time is also Daylight Safety Time
    by safeco on March 6, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    In most places in the United States, March 10, is Daylight Saving Time, when clocks are moved forward one hour. We want to remind you it’s also a great time to improve your family’s safety. Be safe in your home Health and safety agencies often use the approach of Daylight Saving Time to remind people […]

  • 14 Fascinating Facts about February
    by safeco on February 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    February is the shortest month of the year (even in leap years, when it has 29 days instead of 28), but there’s no shortage of interesting facts about it. From weird holidays to astronomical oddities, this month has a bit of everything. So with a nod to what February is perhaps best known for—Valentine’s Day […]

  • Home security technology: Keeping you ahead of the burglars
    by safeco on February 7, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Back in the early days of home security “systems,” around the end of World War I, it was common for homeowners to hire “door shakers”—night watchmen who would literally walk around and check doors to make sure they were locked. The most advanced product at the time, according to the Electronic Security Association, was an […]

  • Insurance terms, explained
    by safeco on January 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Med Pay? PIP? Dec pages? Insurance terms, explained With all kinds of different coverages for all kinds of different needs, insurance can be very confusing. And to make it even more challenging, at times it probably seems like insurance websites and policy documents are written in a completely foreign language. Of course, that’s why we […]

  • Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too
    by safeco on January 9, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Whether it’s a gift from someone special or a gift to yourself, a new piece of jewelry can bring some sparkle to your life. However, many people who find themselves victimized by burglars—or worse, a fire or some other disaster—also find out too late that they didn’t have enough insurance to replace their jewelry. Here’s […]

  • Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you
    by safeco on December 29, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying—they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program estimates that homeowners can save 5% to 30% on annual energy costs by incorporating technologies […]

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Travel
    by safeco on December 13, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Nobody really enjoys traveling during the holidays, do they? OK, you might if you’re going on vacation, or you’re visiting family in Hawaii or something. But for everyone else, it’s a slog—whether you’re battling airport crowds the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or fighting through highway traffic on Christmas Eve, getting anywhere can be a massive hassle. […]

  • Safe Driving in Winter Weather
    by safeco on November 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Millions of Americans will be traveling this holiday season, and if it’s anything like previous years, a lot of that travel will be on the road. Last year, AAA estimated that more than 100 million Americans were planning a trip of more than 50 miles during the holidays—and that was just between Dec. 23 and […]

  • Keep Pets Happy and Safe on Vacation
    by safeco on November 8, 2018 at 8:12 am

    You’re not just imagining it—a lot of people are traveling with their pets these days. According to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 1,000 travelers, 53% of those responding said they take their pets on vacation, and 52% stay only at places that welcome pets. (For some people, the “welcome” part doesn’t matter: 20% admitted […]

  • 5 Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowners Mistakes
    by safeco on October 23, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up—whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time and money to fix. In many instances, however, those “unexpected” issues shouldn’t really be a surprise at all, […]