Gulf Coast Educators Insurance Announces Spring Break Travel Tips

Gulf Coast Educators Insurance Announces Spring Break Travel Tips

Online PR News – 28-February-2014 – Naples, Florida – The Southwest Florida insurance agents at Gulf Coast Educators Insurance announce their Spring Break travel tips. While families and kids are daydreaming about sunshine, sleeping in late, and having fun, Gulf Coast Educators Insurance wants to help make this spring break particularly memorable by keeping it safe with the following tips.

Protecting Your Home (avoid a homeowners insurance claim):

Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home and to report any suspicious activity to the police department.

Give emergency telephone numbers, itinerary and a house key to your trusted neighbor.

Some experts recommend not stopping mail service or newspaper delivery. Instead, ask a neighbor or friend to pick up your newspapers, mail and other deliveries daily.

Park a vehicle in the driveway.

Arrange to have the lawn moved.

Install dusk-to-dawn or motion sensor lights on all outdoor lights.

Use automatic timers on a radio/tv and lamp. Set these for routine times, such as a tv and lamp in the living room is on from 5:00 until 10:100PM and then at 10:00PM a lamp goes on in the bedroom and goes off at 11:00PM.

Don’t post vacation plans on social media. Posting real-time updates and pictures on social media alerts strangers that your home is vacant. It is better to post pictures and updates once you are back from the trip. Also avoid location based social media.

Lock all outside doors, windows, garage door, and outside buildings (sheds, barns, etc.)

Trim all hedges and bushes. Secure any ladders that are stored outside.

Store valuables in a safety deposit box.

Road Tips to avoid a car insurance claim:

Before driving to your destination, have your car checked out by a mechanic to
ensure it can make a long trip.

Always keep your car doors locked and your windows up high enough that no
one can reach in.

Drive on heavily-traveled highways and avoid making your way too far off of the
interstate. Being lost decreases your vigilance and increases the possibility that
you could become the victim of a crime.

Don’t pick up hitchhikers or stop for anyone on the side of the road.

If you have car trouble, especially if you are driving alone, stay in your car with
your doors and windows locked and call police for assistance. Be wary of
individuals who stop to help.

Do not allow anyone in the car to drink alcohol. Many states have open
container laws that prohibit any person in a car from drinking alcohol.

If you are tired, trade-off drivers or stop for the night. You can also stop at a rest stop to nap, but make sure you keep your doors locked. Rest stops are
available on U.S. highways every couple of hours. Some states may restrict the
length of time one can stay at a rest stop.

Other Tips:

Don't leave a portable GPS in your car when you use long-term parking at the airport. It'll alert thieves that you're not home and give them a convenient map to your house.

There may be temptations on your vacation that involve different or high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at risk for injury. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear before venturing out, such as seat belts, life vests, or knee pads. Remember that unintentional injuries kill more Americans in their first three decades of life than any other cause of death.

In addition to homeowners and property insurance policies the insurance agents at Gulf Coast Educators Insurance can also provide car insurance, life insurance and guidance for teachers on the Florida Retirement System.

Gulf Coast Educators Insurance is a Horace Mann Insurance Agency that has been in business for over 4 years in the Southwest Florida area. For a free homeowners insurance or property insurance policy review please call 239-591-0963 for the Naples insurance office or for the Port Charlotte insurance office please call 941-391-5423 or visit online at

For Florida residents who are actively shopping for a competitive insurance quote on home and property insurance as well as auto insurance please visit Gulf Coast Educators Insurance website and request an online quote.