Teen Safe Driving Tips for Graduation Day


Teen driving tips to keep graduation safe


High school is full of defining moments for local teens and the culmination of their achievements thus far is high school graduation. While your teen is celebrating and preparing to enter the world of adulthood it is important for parents to talk to their teens about the dangers that come with reckless behavior and ways in which they can celebrate and avoid disaster. This time of year often sees tragic defining moments – serious car accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

At AssureSouth, we want to help make this season one to celebrate for you and your teen. So, with the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are some tips that can keep your teen safe.

First, encourage your teen to follow these general safe-driving rules:

Absolutely no alcohol

Always use seat belts

No cell phone use (including texting) while driving


Special circumstances

Of course, special events such as graduation often present special circumstances. There may be dinner with dates before the ceremony, and parties before or after the event. It’s a good idea to discuss your expectations well before, putting some guidelines into place before your teen heads out for the night. Here are some ideas:

Make sure you know the itinerary of the evening, as well as who else will be with your teen. You should have contact information for everyone.

Have a way to contact your teen at all times. You may want to require them to check in with you once or twice over the course of the evening.

Set a curfew, whether they are coming back to your home or staying with a friend. If they are staying elsewhere, make sure the curfew will be enforced by a responsible adult.

Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations, such as facing pressure to drink, or accepting a ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving. It’s a good idea to provide your child with money for a taxi just in case.

Offer a “no-questions-asked” ride home, should they need one during the evening.

If you’re worried about your teen driving, consider alternate transportation. A car service or limousine will provide a responsible, experienced adult driver. You also will be able to limit changes to the itinerary and contact the driver.

Graduation is a very special time in a teen’s life. And just a little common sense will go a long way toward making sure your young adult is around to enjoy the other milestones that are sure to come.


On behalf of everyone at AssureSouth, we would like to congratulate all of the graduates of the Class of 2014!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney


Why Choose an Independent Agent?


Why an Independent Agent?

Not all insurance agents are the same! Choosing the right one can make a big difference – in price, service, and value.
With other agencies, you get one company that sells one brand of insurance. With an independent insurance agency like AssureSouth- you get choices.

Why? Because independent insurance agencies, like AssureSouth, represent a number of different insurance companies, and can compare coverage and prices to find the best possible value for your individual circumstances. As independent agents, we are members of your community, and we’re committed to doing business face-to-face and being your advocate in times of need.

Serving The Upstate of South Carolina and beyond, here are a few reasons why AssureSouth should be your first and last top when looking for insurance.

• We work for you when you have a claim.
• We are not beholden to any one company. This means you don’t have to change agencies as your insurance and service needs change.
• We are your consultants, working with you as you determine your needs.
• We are value-hunters who look after your pocketbook in finding the best combination of price, coverage, and service.
• We offer one-stop shopping for a full range of products, including home, renters, auto, business, life, health, and retirement plans.
• We can periodically review your coverage to keep up with your changing insurance needs.
• We are committed to customer satisfaction – it’s the key to our livelihood.
• We treat you like a person, not a number.
• We are licensed professionals with strong customer and community ties.

There is a difference. To find out how our independent insurance agency can help you find the right insurance coverage, please contact AssureSouth today. Give us a call today at 864-582-5481.

Staying Safe During a Hailstorm


Many of you may have been caught in the thunderstorm Friday afternoon which resulted in large tennis-ball sized  hail.  One AssureSouth employee was caught in the storm, resulting in damage to her vehicle.  So what should YOU do if you happen to get caught in a hailstorm?  Read on to find out more!

 Staying safe on the road during a hailstorm

It may sound surprising, but there are approximately 3,000 hailstorms in the United States each year. The size of hail can widely vary – from golf-ball size to softball size. And when it starts building up size, hail can cause not just severe property and vehicle damage, but also bodily harm and even death. On average, hailstorms annually cause over $1 billion in damage to property, approximately 1,500 injuries and 80 deaths annually.

One of the most frightening places to be during a hailstorm is on the road in your car. Obviously your vehicle is at great risk of damage, but even more importantly, you are in danger in the event you can’t see well enough to drive or your windows are broken in by the power of the storm.

At AssureSouth,we want to ensure you, your loved ones, and your vehicle stay safe this hail season. Here are some pointers for navigating a hailstorm while on the roads in The Upstate.

  • Make sure you have a blanket in your car at all times. It can help protect you from glass injuries in the event the hail breaks your windows or windshield.
  • Turn on your low-beam headlights, and slow down.
  • Make sure you have more distance than usual in front of you so you have ample space to brake if necessary.
  • Turn on the local weather radio station to stay apprised of the status of storms.
  • If there is enough space on the shoulder of the road, pull over.
  • Turn on your hazard lights, regardless of whether you are pulled over or moving slowly; this will help other vehicles to see you and avoid accidents.
  • If there is a covered shelter to pull underneath, do so; this will reduce the damage sustained by your vehicle.

At AssureSouth,we hope you stay hailstorm-free this season!

 Contact Us!

 At AssureSouth, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 864-582-5481. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!


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Your Health & Disability Insurance

It’s spring and everyone wants to get that beach body in shape. A lot of the people will begin strenuous workouts like P-90X while others may go to the gym or start jogging. A friend of mine recently did just that, he lost weight and felt like taking up jogging. The one thing he forgot, was he hadn’t jogged in years and he was now in his 50’s, the outcome was he tore a ligament in his knee. He ended up having surgery and was unable to work for 4 weeks while he recuperated.

 As much as getting fit is important, being smart about it is just important.


Here are some tips you should follow:

  • Check with your doctor to make sure what exercise program is right for you, walking may be all you need to do.
  • Start out slow and work up to the big things like jogging or running.
  • Set a goal you can reach don’t try and lose 2 pounds a week or run 5 miles a day, set a pace you can follow.
  • And for you and your family’s protection, make sure you have disability insurance. We never know when a disability may occur, we insure our lives with Life Insurance, why not insure our paycheck with disability insurance?

Call Robert Barnette today to find out if your covered- 864-591-8815