Showing posts from September, 2019

Oh Dear, Does Auto Insurance Cover Hitting a Deer?

By Diane Tait Image courtesy flickr I was visiting a friend in Palm Coast the other day, when two deer scampered across the road.   If you know anything about Palm Coast, you know the roads aren’t all that well lit.   It took all my driving skills to swerve to miss both the deer on the left and the line of mailboxes on the right.   Fortunately, I was only going 25, so I had time enough to avoid ruining Bambi’s day and mine.   While deer aren’t all that common in Jacksonville, the same can’t be said in other parts of north Florida.   In November of 2018, a teenager was involved in a fatal accident when he struck two deer that were crossing the road in Palatka only to swerve into a tree.   With deer mating season only a few weeks away, I thought I’d take the time to cover the dos and don’ts of dealing with deer on the road.

Don’t Let Rip Currents Ruin Your Day at the Beach

By Diane Tait Image courtesy flickr If you’re a surfer, the past few weeks have been a joy.   With two hurricanes passing offshore, the waves have been awesome.   For the rest of the beach-going public on the east coast of Florida, the situation has been more like awful.   That’s because the storm tides have created rip currents that can pose a threat to the average beach-goer.   Since the threat of rip tides won’t stop most beach bunnies, I thought I’d devote this week’s blog to telling you how to keep from being swept out to sea and possibly drowned by these treacherous currents.

When a Tree Falls

By Diane Tait Image courtesy flickr I’m just about done picking up the fallen tree limbs after Hurricane Dorian passed by.   It reminded me of how lucky we in north Florida were that the storm was far enough offshore that the wind didn’t do more damage.   I can still remember the damage Hurricanes Matthew and Irma inflicted when they came through town.   So, I thought I’d take a few moments to cover what to do when the next named storm puts Jacksonville in the crosshairs and trees in your neighborhood take a tumble.

Helping Your Pets Ride Out the Storm

By Diane Tait Image courtesy flickr Thankfully as I write this blog, I’m breathing a sigh of relief that Hurricane Dorian gave Jacksonville a wide berth.   That being said, hurricane season isn’t over yet.   That means another named storm could head this way within the next couple of months.   While I’ve covered what you need to do to prepare for the worst for both your home and business, the last area of concern for many is what to do with their pets.   Believe it or not, this can adversely affect the decision to evacuate, since many pet owners would rather shelter in place rather than have to risk being on the road in an emergency with their pets.   If you’re a pet owner who lives in Florida, you need to read this week’s blog.