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Are You Prepared for the Worst?

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By Diane Tait
As an insurance agent, I am always trying to help my clients get covered in case that the worst comesto pass.Whether this is to help protect their home from the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them, or it is insuring their teenage daughter who is only just learning to drive, in case of a worst-case scenario if she should be involved in an accident.Since as Ben Franklin pointed out a couple hundred years ago, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” I thought I’d take the time to help all my readers out there prepare for the worst.

Doing Your Spring Thing

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By Diane Tait
Being from the Northeast, I remember when Spring didn’t really arrive until the middle of May.Here we are in the first week of March in Jacksonville and my lawn is already begging to be mowed.Since we Floridians usually get a jump on Spring cleaning way before the start of Spring, I thought I’d spring into action to give you my short list of things you need to do before the hot weather arrives.

Are Husband & Wife Truck Driving Teams Too Much of a Good Thing?

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By Diane Tait
Marriage is a tough proposition in the modern world from the outset.First there are the statistics that report that a third of marriages in the US result in divorce in the first five years and nearly 50% within 10-years.Then there are 101 reasons why marriages go south these days.Everything from infidelity and financial hardship to health issues and unrealistic expectations are just a few things that can quickly derail the marriage train.The reason I bring this issue up is because there is a demand in the trucking industry for husband & wife driving teams.While such teams are highly sought after and well compensated, I thought I’d take the time today to write about the pros and cons of the situation

Are Autonomous Trucks the End of the Road for Truckers?

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By Diane Tait
Autonomous vehicles are all the rage these days.You can’t turn on the TV or fire up an online newsfeed without hearing or reading about an auto manufacturer that is putting billions into developing self-driving car technology.Even Tesla is now spending big bucks to develop automated big rigs.With this in mind, the commercial trucking industry is in for a rethink on a massive scale in the not too distant future.The question is, how will this new technology affect the livelihoods of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in this country.
1.Invasion of the Robo-Rigs? – Since 2017, the Internet has been abuzz about the coming age of the robo-rigs.These 18-wheeled behemoths are supposedly the vanguard of a myriad of other driverless commercial vehicles that are predicted to invade the highways and byways of this country within the next few years.The bad news is that with Fortune 500 companies ready shelling out billions to develop these automated monsters, the writing is o…

Can You Beat the Statistics on a Bike?

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By Diane Tait
Everyone’s looking to go green these days.Whether it’s switching from incandescent lights to compact fluorescents or buying hybrid cars to reduce your carbon footprints, many people are willing to change their habits just to try to help the planet.Some of us who are really interested in minimizing their impact on the environment choose to ride our bikes whenever possible, or even to commute to and from work via bicycle.While this is a noble gesture, it doesn’t come without some related risks.Let’s face it, when was the last time you saw a Schwinn equipped with seat-belts and air bags?Also, while Jacksonville has the perfect weather for nearly year-round bike commuting, it’s streets are anything by bike-friendly.Sure, there are narrow bike lanes on some streets, but that doesn’t mean that most motorists in town are vigilant when it comes to 2-wheeled vehicles, especially those with a top speed of 20 MPH.To give all you cyclists out there a fighting chance of surviving the …