SOURCE: Plymouth Rock Assurance

Plymouth Rock Assurance

September 01, 2010 08:00 ET

Plymouth Rock Provides Tips for Safe and Economical Driving This Labor Day

Expert Advice From Auto Insurer to Ensure Safety on the Roads and Affordable Gas Prices

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  As this weekend not only marks the "unofficial" end of the summer but also one of the busiest auto travel weekends of the year, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, a leading New England auto insurance company, reminds drivers to stay safe and travel smart. Underscoring its ongoing commitment to customer service and driver safety, the company today issued a set of tips for both safe and economical driving for the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

To help you navigate the roads more safely during this heavily traveled weekend, Plymouth Rock offers the following advice:

  • Check the vehicle's vitals -- Check tire pressure, wipers and fluids before traveling. This will extend the life of the car as well as decrease the risk of breaking down before reaching your final destination.
  • Buckle up -- Make sure both the driver and passengers have buckled their seatbelts, and all children are secured in age-appropriate safety seats.
  • Take it slow -- Following the speed limit saves lives, and saves on gas. Aggressive driving and speeding lowers gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds. Drivers are more likely to adhere to the speed limit when they allow plenty of time to get to their destinations.
  • Don't drink and drive -- Drinking impairs reaction time and judgment. If you plan to consume an alcoholic beverage before your trip, be sure to hand off the car keys to a designated driver. 
  • Avoid distractions -- Be careful not to take your eyes off the road. Even a second's distraction could lead to disaster. Keep your cell phone in the glove box for use only when safely pulled off the road, and program the GPS before you leave. 

Get the Best Gas Prices Along Your Route
In this slow economic climate, Plymouth Rock also provides a convenient way to help you maximize your travel budget through an easy-to-use online tool that helps you find the lowest gas prices available in your area. The Gas Price Finder, available free to the public, is located on Plymouth Rock's website. Simply type in the zip code of points along your route to find the lowest prices available in that community.

About Plymouth Rock Assurance
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation (www.plymouthrock.com) is the flagship carrier of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and home insurance throughout the Northeast. Plymouth Rock's industry-leading service innovations include its Savings Pass, an exclusive, first-of-its-kind program of hundreds of dollars in retail discounts; its Crashbusters® vans, the nation's first complete mobile automobile claim service; its Door to Door Valet Claim Service(SM) that offers vehicle pick-up, delivery and guaranteed auto repairs; and its True Service® Pledge, an industry-leading written commitment to service excellence. Plymouth Rock has received a rating of "A-/Excellent" from A.M. Best, the insurance industry's premier independent rating service. Plymouth Rock policies can be purchased through independent agents in Massachusetts and Connecticut. To find an independent agent near you who represents Plymouth Rock, visit www.plymouthrock.com.

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