Give thanks, stay safe

 Simple safety measures make for a happily memorable Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving Day, millions of Americans fall into one of two categories: the travelers and the hosts. As to which represents the smaller piece of the furcula (better known as the wishbone; #TurkeyTrivia), that depends heavily on whom you ask. Some would rather spend hours crawling a highway than days cleaning

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Born to be wild? Check your motorcycle insurance first

Before you get your motor runnin’ and head out on the highway, do you know if you have the right insurance coverage for your motorcycle? The answer may not be as simple as you think. Coverage requirements vary by state. At a minimum, Massachusetts requires that you carry: Bodily injury to others with limits of $20,000 per person or $40,000

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Everybody knows your name: the benefits of local insurance agents

If you watch any TV these days, it’s likely you’ve seen the commercials: all matter of wildlife, from ducks to geckos, pigeons to Snoopy, trying to sell you insurance from major national brands. They are often good for a chuckle, and lead you to believe that shopping for insurance is fun and simple­­––a matter of checking a few boxes on

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A personal message from John Dowd, president and CEO

Celebrating 35 years with the Dowd Agencies Forbes magazine noted that less than a third of family-owned businesses survive the transition from the first generation to the second, and fewer than 50 percent of those successfully transition to a third generation. We clearly broke this mold: The Dowd Insurance Agencies is a fourth-generation, family-owned, leading insurance provider that has had

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The Dowd Insurance Agencies Brings Newly Enhanced Distractology® Tour to Holyoke to Educate Teen Drivers on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

  Program lets Holyoke High School students participate in a simulated driving experience HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, is proud to bring the newly relaunched Distractology® tour to Holyoke High School Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2. Developed and funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation,

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Road work zone hazards

  7 tips to help you navigate safely The I-91 construction project is in full swing in downtown Springfield, and road work throughout the rest of the region is picking up now that the weather is warming. With a little patience and advance planning; however, you should be able to reach your destination safely and on time. Some of these

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A mixed blessing: your teen got a driver’s license!

  It’s an exciting time when your teenager gets their license. The big question on every parent’s mind, though, is: what does this do to my auto insurance premium? Statistics show that young operators are at much higher risk to get into fender benders than experienced operators. This results in the cost of your collision coverage going up. So, what

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Do I Need to Buy Insurance for my Rental Car?

Whether you’re on a business trip, vacationing or your car is in the shop, there are many reasons why you may find yourself behind the wheel of a rental. But before you drive away, you should give your insurance agent a call to discuss if you are covered under your current automotive policy. Typically, your personal automotive insurance should extend

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Insurance: the wisest investment of your young life

Get it now, be glad you did later     We’ll be the first to admit it: Insurance isn’t particularly riveting. Don’t get us wrong; we happen to find it quite interesting, and heaven knows it’s important. It simply doesn’t spark much excitement. Not in the way something like a robbery, a serious injury or a lawsuit might. Those things

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David W. Griffin, Jr., promoted to vice president at The Dowd Insurance Agencies

The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced David W. Griffin, Jr., has been promoted to vice president of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Griffin is based out of the Holyoke office and works with the other branches based in Hadley, Southampton, Ludlow and Indian Orchard. “The Dowd Insurance Agencies is

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