Motorcycles are a fun way to explore Saskatchewan and feel the warmth after a long winter. We want you to stay safe on the roads so keep these tips in mind as you hit the road.
Check your bike before every ride.
Performing a visual and physical inspection of your bike prior to every ride will ensure your bike is safe to hit the road.
- check your tires for cracks, punctures and overall tread life
- look at the engine and underneath the bike for gas or oil leaks
- test your lights, turn signals & brakes
- test your horn
- ensure your mirrors are adjusted properly
While it may be tempting to wear just a vest & helmet during the summer, wearing the proper riding gear can save your life. Gear every rider should consider include a full shield helmet, motorcycle jacket & pants, boots and gloves. Research the gear you buy to make sure it meets safety standards and choose colors that are easy for motorist to see.
Weather plays a large factor in riding safety, so monitor your local weather forecast when you are planning to hit the road. Rain can reduce visibility & also make roads slick for motorcycle tires.
Look after your ride.
Proper maintenance for your motorcycle is vital, make sure to follow your user manual for maintenance. Routine maintenance such as oil changes, brake pads or chain adjustment allows your motorcycle to function properly and helps avoid breakdowns or even accidents.
While simple to say, sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement & forget about the rules of the road. Make sure to signal, stop at lights and turns and drive at safe speeds.
Considering a package policy for your motorcycle this season? Find a local broker near you who can help you find the right coverage.
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Spring is in the air, and everyone is getting excited to get out and explore the countryside in their camper. Before you step on the gas, here is a simple checklist of maintenance for your camper that will make your trips as enjoyable as possible..
- Check batteries
- Flush water system
- Check for water leaks
- Check appliances
- Check tires
- Conduct a full safety check
1. Checking the batteries
During the offseason batteries can lose up to 10% of their power per month when in storage. Make sure your battery is fully charged and has the correct water levels as designated by your manual. Make sure your connections are clean before reconnection and ensure your battery is protected from the elements.
RV/Camper Battery Check Testing - You Tube
2. Flushing your water tank
You most likely winterized your camper by running anti-freeze through the lines, now its time to clean that out.
- Hook your water hose into your city water inlet, turn water on and open all your taps.
- Let water run until water is clear. Once clear, close your taps and disconnect water hose.
- Fill fresh water tank and add two cups of household bleach. The bleach helps sanitize all your lines.
- Turn on pump and open all taps until all have clear water.
- Close taps and pressurize hot water tank. (can take 5-10 minutes)
- Let water sit for 3 - 4 hours or overnight to kill any bacteria.
- Shut water pump off and open a hot water tap to help release pressure from water heater.
- Remove drain bolt from hot water tank. Once empty, replace water heater drain bolt.
- Empty fresh water tank and close once empty.
- Fill fresh water tank with hose and add two cups of vinegar to neutralize bleach.
- Turn on water pump and run all taps for a few minutes.
- Turn off water pump and empty fresh water tank.
- Fill fresh water tank one last time with fresh water and empty
- Once system is completely flushed you can fill your fresh water tank with fresh water for camping.
If you are a visual person, check out this step by step walkthrough: Flushing Your RV/Camper Lines
3. Check for leaks
Leaks in a camper can occur from water entering from the outside but we must also check to ensure water lines within the trailer are not leaking.
At the beginning of every season do a walkthrough of your trailer checking windows, walls and air conditioner mounts for signs of water damage. If water damage signs are showing locate the source and have it repaired.
Water Line Leaks
When pump is on, and lines are pressurized, take a flashlight and inspect all visible water lines for minor leaks. If you find a leak, empty lines, and repair prior to camping.
4. Check Appliances
Do a walkthrough of your camper and check to ensure fridge, stove or any other appliances are in full working order.
5. Check Tires
Check the air pressure in your tires and fill if necessary to recommended PSI. It is also important to inspect tire for thread wear and cracking on side walls. If you are concerned about the shape of your tires, have them professionally inspected and replaced if necessary.
6.Conduct a full safety check
Ensure your camper has the following and that they are in good working order.
- Smoke Detector
- PL Gas Leak Detector
- Fire Extinguisher
- Carbon Monoxide Detector
*Some of these checks can be challenging, if you are uncertain on how something is done, please consult a professional.
Happy camping from all your friends at My Mutual Insurance.
Flying brooms aren't just for the Potters anymore, with Procter & Gamble releasing the first-ever flying broom to the market for consumer purchase.
Don't worry; My Mutual Insurance has the perfect coverage to get you up and flying in no time.
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Please note coverage does not include coverage for fire.
Happy flying from all your friends at My Mutual Insurance.
With spring coming in fast, the snow in Saskatchewan is quickly disappearing. With all the snow melting comes a lot of water and your best defense against water damage within your home is a good plan for water drainage.
Here is all you need to know about gutters and downspouts to make sure you are ready for spring.
Gutters are designed to catch the water from your roof and carry it towards your downspouts for proper drainage. If your gutters are plugged with leaves and debris, water can build up and not be allowed to drain which can cause issues. Checking your gutters yearly and removing any debris helps get the water to the downspouts and moved away from your home.
While checking your gutters, check the slope of your gutters to ensure they have the proper slope. If gutters are not appropriately sloped towards the downspout water will have trouble flowly freely.
It is also essential to check the length of your downspouts as water can pool near the base of your home and cause flooding and foundation damage is too short. The recommended length of the downspout from the house should be six to 8 feet.
There are a few options when it comes to extending your downspout, make sure to chose the one that will suit your needs but also move the water properly.
1. Purchase a new length of the existing downspout that will give you the proper range and install
2. If the area you need to lengthen is a high traffic area, you might consider attaching a hinged elbow to the gutter. The extension can be placed up when not raining and down when the rain arrives. Ensure when traveling or away from your home for a long duration of time that you ensure the extensions are down.
3. Attach a flex-a-spout, they are great for extending the drainage and also can be pushed and pulled apart to extent the length to your exact needs.
Some of these items can be done quickly but as always make sure to stay safe and call in a professional when necessary.
Happy draining from all your friends at My Mutual Insurance.
With the temperatures rising, it’s that time of the year when many homes experience ice build-up and ice damming.
Every year homeowners suffer water damage to their homes as the result of ice build up. To prevent any ice damming issues, remove the first 3’ of snow from your roof and in the eaves troughs to allow the warm sun to melt any ice and to warm the roofing materials.
While it is not advised that you go onto your roof to remove excess snow as it can be dangerous. Your local supply shop should carry an extension roof rake which can help get the job done safely.
By removing this snow, it will help to ensure that no ice penetrates under the roofing material causing it to enter homes causing water damage.
Addressing any ice now will likely prevent damage to your home in the future.
If you need help with ice accumulations contact a professional restoration company for assistance. Important to note as well that not all policies carry ice damming coverage so make sure to contact your local broker to review your coverage.