McGregor Insurance Blog

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Insurance

Articles Related To…

Five Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowner Mistakes

Owning a home is usually a great experience but if your home is like mine, it can also be an occasional hassle . Unexpected issues usually pop up and whether its a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost...

Read More


Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

Online data breaches are an unfortunate fact of life now-as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we...

Read More


6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, like me, commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, gasoline saved and a ton of...

Read More


Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But,...

Read More


Summer Driving Tips

Summer’s almost here! The sun will come out of hiding more regularly and people will too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people...

Read More


Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

My "granddog", pictured above, is acting like he is sorry he went through the living room's window screen when trying to greet someone who stopped by to visit. You, and I, probably don’t think our dogs would ever bite...

Read More


Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem...

Read More


Tips for Buying a Safe Car

Everyone's heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your...

Read More


Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and...

Read More


Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

That oh-so-covetable experience of relaxing in your outdoor hot tub or taking a dip in your very own pool? Millions of American households enjoy it, both when the weather’s nice and when it starts to cool down. With the...

Read More


Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects...

Read More


Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for me, and maybe for you. For those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it's often a hassle too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you...

Read More


Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered?Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large damages can be...

Read More


Young Driver Safety

Talking to Your Young Driver About Safe DrivingWhen teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:...

Read More


Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone.Even still,...

Read More


7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so,...

Read More


Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). While this doesn't occur frequently in our area, does that really work? Or is it...

Read More


Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your...

Read More


How to Deal With Road Rage

Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to situations...

Read More


Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims

When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, people flock to the water — whether it’s the beach, a lake, a river or a backyard pool. But, wherever there’s water, there’s also danger. According to the U.S. Centers for...

Read More


Safety Tips For Your Summer Vacation

The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our beautiful Washington State beaches, parks, city attractions or events. While the weather is sunny, the water cool and...

Read More


What to Do After a Car Accident...

Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice, thick grey fog – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road in the Pacific Northwest. Between our mountain passes covered with snow and the valleys filled with...

Read More


How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

About 2 million times every year, animals and cars collide on U.S. roadways — often causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers, along with about $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S....

Read More


Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way...

Read More


Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own...

Read More