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Insuring Teen Drivers

 

Most of us working here at Sebastian Insurance have children. During their early years we have spent a good deal of our time shuttling them from home to school, to after school activities and play dates. By the time they are teenagers we are torn between wanting them to be able to drive themselves, and worrying about them getting their license and driving themselves.

The insurance companies we work with offer various programs that help your teens to become safer drivers. One of them is the Teen Safety Rewards Program.

It encourages better drivers. Parents and agents all want teen drivers to be safer on the road. That’s why the Teen Safety Rewards Program includes helpful resources like the Road Ahead Guide and the Parent-Teen Contract to help you prepare your teen drivers before they get behind the wheel.

I will let you know, insuring a Teen Driver in Sebastian, Vero Beach, or anywhere in Indian River County can be a big expense. Insurance companies charge more to insure teens  because they are inexperienced drivers. However, at Sebastian Insurance, we offer a range of options to help you manage the cost of insuring a teen driver, including:insuring teen drivers

Good student discount: Applies if a teen maintains a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, makes the honor roll, or is in the top 20% of his or her class.

Driver training discount: Parents can save if their teen has completed an approved driver education program.

Distant Student discount: Available if a teen is in school more than 100 miles away from home without a car.

There are other incentives and rewards we can offer you to help defray the cost of your teenager’s Insurance. Give us a call and we can help you keep the costs of insuring your teen driver as reasonable as possible.

 

 

Bill Kriener and associates

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Vero Beach Area

Sebastian, vero beach, InsuranceIconThe name of our agency is Sebastian Insurance, but don’t let that stop you from contacting us if you live in Vero Beach. We also write policies for people all over  Indian River County  including  Vero BeachSebastianFellsmereOrchid, and Indian River Shores  .

We offer all of the “standard” insurances you commonly think of such as:

Homeowner’s Insurance

Boat Insurance

Recreational Vehicle Insurance

Flood Insurance

Commercial Insurance for local businesses

At Sebastian Insurance we also offer insurance for very specialized situations, like weddings and elephants. Sebastian Insurance goes all out for our customers, and it doesn’t make any difference whether you reside in Vero Beach, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Orchid, John’s Island or Indian River Shores full time or part time, we are happy to help.

 

Bill Kriener and associates at Sebastian Insurance serving all of Indian River County and Brevard County..

 

Homeowners Insurance vs. Flood Insurance

Flood Insurance, Sebastian Florida

 

We live in a tropical environment here in Florida and much of the land here is barely above sea level.  We are a state with water, water, everywhere.  It comes down from the sky all summer, it’s in our lakes and rivers and here in Indian River County, we are located right on the ocean. So when we get hit with heavy tropical storms or hurricanes, it is a safe bet that some flooding will occur.

There are two types of policies that cover losses due to water damage—homeowners insurance and flood insurance. These provide two separate and distinct types of coverage. They do not duplicate coverage, but complement it.

Most homeowner policies cover damage to your home caused by a sudden and accidental water event, like a burst pipe, wind-driven rain or melting snow that seeps into your home after a winter storm.

Water damage caused by poor home maintenance such as overfilled gutters, lack of roof upkeep, condensation buildup due to inadequate ventilation or ignored leaks is generally not covered.

Flood damage to your home and belongings is also not covered under your homeowner policy. For flood damage you will need a separate flood insurance policy. Information about a Flood Insurance policy is available through our office at Sebastian Insurance. If  you live anywhere in south Florida, we can help you.

If you are a new homeowner, or if you have never lived in an area where flooding occurs, please give us a call and we at Sebastian Insurance can work with you to obtain Flood Insurance. Yes it costs a little more to have it than it does to go without, but I have seen the heartache that NOT having Flood Insurance can cause, and it’s hardly ever worth the amount of money saved.

 

Bill Kriener

 

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Motor Cycle Safety Tips

At Sebastian Insurance we have customers in Sebastian, Wabasso, Vero Beach, Palm Bay, Ft Pierce and Pt St Lucie and in almost   all of  those cities we have customers who drive motorcycles. Big, long distance cruising bikes, and smaller, faster and lighter bikes and everything in between.

Motorcycles are an economical and enjoyable way to get from place to place. You will get no argument on that from us, but we must not tell a lie, they are not the safest means of transportation. They leave the rider vulnerable and exposed, and if the rider chooses not to wear a helmet, they are even more vulnerable to severe head injuries.

More often than not, motorcycle accidents are NOT caused by the riders themselves, they are caused by other drivers in automobiles. In order to try and keep riders safe, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published these tips for Motor Cycle Safety:

“QUICK TIPS: General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safely

Be visible: 
• Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
• Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
• Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
• Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
• Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
• If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.

Dress for safety: 
• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.
• Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.
• Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
• Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.

Execute strategy (SEESM) to increase time and space safety margins.

• Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.
• Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
• Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
• Watch for turning vehicles.
• Signal your next move in advance.
• Avoid weaving between lanes.
• Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively.
• Don’t ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
• Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.

Know your bike and how to use it:

• Get formal training and take refresher courses.
• Call 800.446.9227 or visit www.msf-usa.org to locate the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation hands-on Rider Course SM nearest you.
• Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how  to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.”

Bill Kriener

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Sebastian Insurance Community Involvement

Exchange Club of Sebastian is just one of the community organizations I  belong to. When companies advertise on television, they show how their team members go out into their local communities and volunteer. I don’t like to advertise everything I do, that my staff and my family does, in our local community, but every so often I would like to share something special with you.

Each year for too many years to remember now, our Sebastian Exchange Club has put on the Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament Blue Water Open in Sebastian Florida. All the locals get involved by sponsoring a fishing boat, donating baskets filled with goodies for the silent auction, and turning up to participate the day of.

This year we had some great silent auction and live auction items. Some of them were very expensive, so those who won them got a great deal. Still others were even more expensive and the generous members of our community bid up the price at the live auction. Maybe they didn’t get a steal of a deal, but the children and young adults of our community reap the benefit. It’s for the kids.

The Blue Water Open Tournament of 2014 earned in excess of $50,000 for our Exchange Club. Through out the year we distribute those funds to various charities, the Boys and Girls Club of Sebastian and to deserving students in local area schools. Donations are made to the Sebastian High School clubs, like the Guitar club, and  individual students.  The Exchange Club donated funds to the Yellow Umbrella. In fact this past year our Sebastian Exchange club  presented a BIG check for $16,000 to Yellow Umbrella, which is a Child Abuse Prevention Center. Yellow Umbrella offers professional counselors who act as role models and teach parents how to be more loving and responsible to their children, through home intervention, structured classes, and training materials. The supportive relationship that develops between the parent aide and the family helps to break the cycle of abuse.”

 

Bill Kriener

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Before You Remodel !!

Before you remodel call Sebastian InsuranceIf your home feels a bit outdated and run down, it might just be time to do some remodeling. Before you do, it would be a very good idea to call us at Sebastian Insurance and have a chat.

Once you begin the remodel, if you are significantly upgrading the materials used in your home, say you are moving from a pretty standard builder grade home to something a bit nicer now that the children are grown, you may not have adequate coverage for the newly upgraded finishes.

There is also another host of concerns when you work with General Contractors on your home remodel: This information is taken from the Insurance Information Institute:

“Contact your insurance agent or representative before or shortly after the construction begins to increase the insurance coverage on your house to reflect the increase in the cost to rebuild the structure.

When hiring a general contractor, find out if the contractor has workers compensation and ask to see a copy of the policy. Workers compensation pays for medical and rehabilitation expenses and covers lost wages if the workers sustain injuries on the job. Injured workers may sue you if the contractor does not have proper insurance.

In most home improvement projects, the contractor subcontracts the builders, electricians and plumbers. The workers hired may not be full-time employees of the contractor and therefore not covered under the contractor’s workers compensation policy. While some independent builders, electricians and plumbers may carry their own workers compensation coverage, others may not.

You should verify the insurance coverage of the contractor and the subcontractors. If the coverage is insufficient, you may need to fill in the gaps by extending the limits of the liability portion of your homeowners policy.

If you purchase additional items, such as furniture, exercise equipment or electronics, you may need to increase the amount of insurance you have on your personal possessions. Keep receipts and add them to your home inventory.”

So in closing, never worry if you think you should be bothering us with questions, always call before you make changes with your home, car, jewelry, water craft. It’s better to spend a few minutes checking things out and finding that you are okay now, than it is after something happens and you learn that you aren’t adequately covered.

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Bill Kriener and Associates

member of the Chamber of Commerce, Sebastian Exchange Club and BNI

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It’s Hurricane Season, Are YOU Prepared?

In Vero Beach, Sebastian and the surrounding communities, everyone probably knows by now that we need to have our Hurricane Kits on hand. The kits should contain fresh water, enough for at least three days. Canned food and snacks, enough for at least three days as well. Keep at least a half a tank of gas in each of your vehicles and have some cash on hand.

In addition to these items The Ready.Gov site lists:

“Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children”

Even if you can’t get around to gathering all of these things, try to have as many of them gathered in a safe place, ready for when the storms come, because sooner or later they will come, and it’s impact on you and your loved ones will be even worse if you aren’t prepared.

 

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Classic Car Coverage?

Classic Car Coverage Sebastian Insurance

Do you have a vintage, classic car? Are you thinking about acquiring one? Have you ever thought of Sebastian Insurance  for your classic car insurance coverage?  Sebastian Insurance is a brokerage and  we can  offer Classic Car Insurance to you. Most of the other Insurance companies don’t necessarily have this type of coverage, or if they do offer it, the terms are very restrictive. So even if you have coverage with another company, we can still take care of you classic car for you. No matter if you live in Vero, Orchid Island, Sebastian or up in Orlando, we can cover your Classic Car and here are some of the finer points as to just why our company would be a good choice:

In addition to offering Classic Car, Sebastian Insurance writes all personal lines products.  What does that mean for you? It means you don’t have to work with different Insurance companies for your various policies. We have everything from auto, boat, home and we can cover your classic cars!!

  1. Instant binding authority for you Classic Car, other carriers may require you to wait up to 24 hours.
  2. Sebastian Insurance Classic Car offers agreed value in the event of a total loss.
  3. At Sebastian Insurance our rates are competitive and customers can choose from several deductible options.
  4. Coverage is available up to 5,000 miles per year which means customers can show off their cars in parades, shows or even a weekend cruise around town. We even have a program for vehicles driven daily

What is considered a “Classic Car”? In most cases a car in one which is at the very least 10 years old, where there are only a limited number of them made, or if it is a custom made automobile. For the most part, Classic Cars are usually at least 15 years old, and cars that are older than that would be considered an antique.  Most of us think of 57 Chevy when we think of classic cars, but that might not be the same way that an insurance carrier would see it. It’s best to come in or call, give us all the details so we can get an accurate quote for YOUR classic car.

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Blue Water Open

Taken From Facebook Page, Exchange Club Sebastian

Taken From Facebook Page, Exchange Club Sebastian

This past weekend the Exchange Club of Sebastian held it’s annual Blue Water Open Fundraiser. We had opening night on Friday June 6th, with raffles, silent auction and live auction. Members of our community donated generously, and bid on the auction items with the same generosity.

As a member of the Exchange Club of Sebastian , I, along with other agents and the staff here at Sebastian Insurance our proud to be a part of this event. Our waters here in Sebastian are known far and wide as some of the best fishing anywhere in the world. Fishermen and women come from far and wide to fish here. But this event draws most of it’s participants from our local residents.

It gives everyone a chance to have a great time, join in a fishing competition, and do something good for all the kids in our community. Each year the proceeds go to support local charities and clubs like the Boys and Girls Club, Sebastian River High School scholarships and support the clubs within the Sebastian and Vero Schools.

I saw lots of boats that we insured at the tournaments. As the insurer of so many boats, I will tell you that I am certainly glad that the tournament went off without a hitch!!

 

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Boating Safety

On the Treasure Coast here in Florida, there is a feeling one gets living here that is different from any other place. and the ocean and river play a big part of it. For myself and others who live here, at the end of  a difficult day, a short drive to the water to simply watch the waves will calm even the most frazzled of nerves.  Just sitting on the sand, feet in the water, that works.

But there are others who must have a boat. They need to be out in the ocean. To fish, to explore all the little islands, or just to troll around the river on a little patio boat with friends. If you feel the need to own a boat, or even spend time on someone else’s boat, try taking this quiz, just to make certain you have the knowledge and skills you need to stay safe on the water:

At Sebastian Insurance we offer boat insurance, homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, insurance for your valuables, and we also keep our ear to the ground for information that can keep you safe and healthy!!

 

Bill Kriener and the agents and staff at Sebastian Insurance Company