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NSC: 2016 Was the Deadliest Year on Roadways Since 2007

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 24, 2017

The National Safety Council has released preliminary data showing that as many as 40,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016.  


The figure is 6 percent higher than the number of fatalities in 2015 and marks a 14 percent increase from 2014—the largest two-year spike since 1964.  This estimate indicates that 2016 may have been the deadliest year on U.S. roadways since 2007.

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How to Create a Teen Driving Contract

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 20, 2017

Don't let your teen take the wheel without a teen driving contract to keep them safe and give you peace of mind.

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10 Spring Homeowner Maintenance Tips That Extend the Life of Your Home

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 15, 2017

These homeowner maintenance tips will help your home look better and last longer and will reduce long-term expenses.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 13, 2017

Dogs do a lot of strange things, but they aren't cows, so why do dogs eat grass?

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Could You Live on That?

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 12, 2017

If I were to write you a check today for the amount of your current life insurance coverage, would you be able to quit work right now and live comfortably on that money for the rest of your life?

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Spring Forward Safely

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 10, 2017 in Focus to the Finish

The time change that happens every spring can be brutal on not only your sleep, but also your driving. Learn how to adjust your internal clock before the dreaded day. 


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10 Questions to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 07, 2017 in Pet Insurance

Pets worm their way into our hearts very quickly, but before you add them to your family, consider these ten questions.

Animals have the ability to touch our hearts with their love and dedication, whether with a wagging tail or bright eyes begging you for attention. However, before you start picking out a name and toys, think about these ten questions before you take a furry friend home.

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The 5 Biggest Life Insurance Myths

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 06, 2017

It's time to debunk some of the most common life insurance myths.

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Sleepless Spring Break

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 05, 2017 in Focus to the Finish

Spring break is a long-standing tradition, but it does come with a downside—lack of sleep. This, in turn, results in distracted driving.


Spring break is a long-standing tradition in the United States as many young adults head to warmer climates in hopes of getting away from the stress of classes. While many may be quick to point the finger at alcohol, there have been multiple studies done about the lack of sleep in relation to distracted driving accidents.

Sitting on the beach during the day and going out at night leaves little time for sleep during spring break. Not to mention that typically the week before spring break is midterms. With long nights of studying for exams and stress running high, by the time spring break comes around, everyone is ready for a break. But many are beyond exhaustion.

The moment the last exam is over, students are piling into cars and hitting the road for a destination away from the schoolbooks. Since most students are looking for a cheap vacation, they opt for driving over flying. While this saves money in the long run, exhaustion and a long drive are two things that do not mix.

Driving on a long, never-ending highway when you are tired can cause you to swerve between lanes or even drive across the median into oncoming traffic. Being in a new area and not knowing your surroundings makes for dangerous driving as well. Driving slowly while looking for turns and then turning late into streets is hazardous when you are so exhausted from a long trip.

Remember to get enough rest before getting into the driver’s seat and take turns switching between drivers during the drive. Nothing is worse than getting into an accident on spring break and having to deal with the costs and possible injuries as well.

Pekin Insurance works to help drivers get to their destinations safely by educating them on the various forms of distracted driving with the program Focus to the Finish. For more information and tips on distracted driving, visit


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Should You Work Out With a Cold?

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Mar 03, 2017

As winter is hopefully ending, colds are still in season, and this begs the question of whether you should workout with a cold.

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