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2019 Summer Read & Ride Program

Estabrook & Chamberlain is, once again, proud to sponsor the annual Read & Ride program in association with the West Bridgewater Public Library. The purpose of the program is to encourage kids to expand their horizons and have fun through reading.

To participate, kids simply have to register, in an appropriate age group, and pledge to read just one book over the program period – June 24th to August 2nd. The lucky winners* will receive a new bike! Winners will be drawn at the library on Friday, August 2nd at 11:30 a.m.

Parents are urged tell their kids about the program and get them involved. It’s fun and rewarding, so be sure to stop by the West Bridgewater Public Library and sign up today.

Registration forms may also be obtained at our office – 45 Main Street in Bridgewater.

* Previous winners are not eligible.

Read & Ride Winners

Estabrook & Chamberlain partnered with the West Bridgewater Public Library again this year to sponsor the 2018 Summer Reading Program. As in past years, the program’s intent is to help kids expand their knowledge and horizons through reading. The Read & Ride program also offers young readers the chance to win a new bike – just for reading one book over the summer.

This year’s participation was once again outstanding and we’re proud to announce the winners.
Back row (left to right) Maeve Stipkovich, Caleb Watson,
Tom Chamberlain, Dean Baker, Caleb Castle.
Front Row (left to right) Keira Stipkovich, Anya Stipkovich.
Not pictured: Brianne DePalma and Ellie Smith.

Another Kidde Recall

In our Spring 2018 newsletter, we wrote about a recall of Kidde fire extinguishers. Now, we have a new recall to tell you about. This one involves their dual sensor smoke alarms. The specific product is the Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models Pl2010 and Pl9010.

The devices are being recalled due to a possible failure to alert consumers of a fire. According to the recall notice, a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.

For details, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at

Clocks, Batteries, Etc.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 5th. That’s also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have home fire extinguishers, it’s a good idea to check them too. Even if they haven’t expired, home fire extinguishers should be checked each month to help make sure they are ready for use.

Drive Down The Cost of Driving

A few years ago, we wrote about telematics – devices used by insurance companies to gather data about your driving habits. Using this data, insurers can more easily identify good drivers and offer them greater savings. In fact, one of our carriers now offers drivers who tick all the boxes, additional savings of up to 30%.

How it works …
Drivers who sign up for the program install a telematic device in their car and receive a 5% discount just for enrolling. Over a 90 day review period, the device records data related to your driving habits, including:
Mileage after midnight
Hard braking

By analyzing the data related to these categories, the insurer is able to paint a picture of your driving habits and determine whether or not you qualify for a discount. Based on how much and how well you drive, you’ll receive a credit of up to 30%.

Using telematic devices may even help improve driver safety. Think about it … drivers who know their performance behind the wheel is being tracked may be more likely to drive with greater care in order to increase their potential discount.

If you’d like more information about this program, get in touch with us today. We’re always happy to help you save!

Read & Ride!

It’s summer time and that means Read & Ride! Once again, Estabrook & Chamberlain is proud to sponsor the annual Read & Ride program in association with the Bridgewater and West Bridgewater Public Libraries. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”.

To participate, kids simply have to register, in an appropriate age group, and pledge to read just one book during the program. At the end of the program, lucky winners* will receive new bikes!

We urge parents to tell their kids about the program and get them involved. It’s lots of fun, helps them discover the joy of reading and is a great alternative to staring at a video screen. So be sure to stop by the Bridgewater or West Bridgewater Public Library and sign up today. Registration forms may also be obtained at our 45 Main Street office in Bridgewater.

Ride Sharing Shortfall?

If you drive for Uber, Lyft or any other ride sharing company, it’s important to be aware of insurance gaps. Your own insurance or that provided by Uber/Lyft/etc. may not cover you in all instances or may not provide as much coverage as you’d like. To address this, one of our insurance companies now offers a plan that provides coverage during “standby periods” – the time when you’re online and available for hire, but have not yet accepted a passenger.

This stand by coverage extends your personal auto policy for certain coverages that are not offered by ride sharing companies. The plan also offers excess liability coverage for both bodily injury and property damage. This gap insurance applies only during the standby period. For details on this coverage, call or email
us today.

Road Rage Rascals?

Teen-driverA recent study of teen-aged drivers indicates that parents are largely unaware of their kid’s poor driving habits. Highlights of the study show that teen drivers continue to ignore the rules of the road, by driving distracted, driving aggressively, not wearing seat belts and failing to adhere to speed limits.

Aggressive driving in particular was noted as a significant cause for concern, especially because many parents were unaware that their teens were driving so carelessly. Aggressive driving includes speeding, following to closely, or cutting other drivers off. Given the dangers involved and the relative inexperience of teen drivers, these kinds of behavior are especially worrisome.

In addition to identifying
the realities of teen driving, the sponsors of the study emphasized the need for parents to become more involved. You can make a difference by reinforcing safe driving habits and establishing rules for teen driving. For example – informing your kids of the dangers associated with using cell phones while driving or that the risk of a fatal crash increases in direct relation to the number of teens in the vehicle, can help keep your children safer on the road. So take the time to sit down with your teens and make sure they’re aware of good driving habits and what you expect from them while they’re
behind the wheel.