10 Fun in the Sun Activities

Summer is a great time to make memories with your family. It’s easy to lounge around watching television for days on end, but make it a point to venture out a few times and have an adventure. The stories and photos that you bring back home will likely last a lifetime.

10 Fun in the Sun Activities

If you need a few ideas for how you can get your family’s escapade started, check out this handy list from the staff at Vargas and Vargas Insurance:

Fun in the Sun Activities:

Enjoy an Outdoor Concert – There are a ton of outdoor concerts in Boston during the summer. Mark your calendars and check one out! They take place all over the city, including at the public library, city hall, and at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Visit a Fair or Flea Market – When it starts getting warmer, fairs and flea markets start popping up like weeds. Treat your family to a day of fried foods and carnival rides, or snoop out a flea market in your area for specialty shops and artisan crafts.

Host a Barbecue – Bring together your friends and family this summer with a grilling party. You can set up games in your backyard, and serve up a ton of different grilled delights that are sure to please a crowd. Just make sure that you’re prepared before you fire up!

Start a Lemonade Stand – This is an age-old activity that kids love. For only a couple dollars, you can occupy your children for hours. To stretch your activity time, have them decorate their own sign, and make the lemonade from scratch. Also make sure that you ask your neighbors to drop by and support your children!

Exercise Your Green Thumb – Summer is the perfect time to spend starting a garden in your backyard. There are a ton of benefits to growing your own garden, and it’s possible to start a garden in even the smallest of spaces.

Visit a National Park – Did you know that there are 15 national parks in the state of Massachusetts? Take a day trip and visit one with your family. With all of the available choices, you are bound to find something that everyone can enjoy!

Visit the Beach – This summer activity will never go out of style. There’s something for everyone at the beach. Some people love to relax and read a good book, while others would rather swim and play volleyball. Whatever activity you choose, make sure that you protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays!

Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower – If you’re willing to get up early, you can witness quite a show come August 12th and 13th. Around 4am, our area could see up to 80 meteors an hour thanks to the Perseids – one of the best meteor showers of the year!

Cheer on the Sox at Fenway – In July and August, Fenway Park is set to host the Yankees, the Rats, the Mariners, the Diamondbacks, the Orioles, and the White Sox. With 24 home games over the two month period, there are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to spend a day at the ol’ ball game!

Try out Geocaching – Want to try a new and exciting activity this summer? Geocaching is a hot new fad, and all you need is a smartphone and a sense of direction, and a desire for adventure!

At Vargas and Vargas Insurance, our summer motto is “Work hard, play hard.” We will be enjoying these activities while the weather is nice, but we’ll still be available to help with all of your insurance needs. Just call 877-550-0025 to get an insurance quote, manage your policy, or report a claim.

Have a Car Accident? Follow These Nine Steps

There is no way to predict if or when you will get into a car accident. Help to prepare yourself ahead of time by becoming familiar with the steps you need to take if an accident occurs.

Have a Car Accident? Follow These Nine Steps

Many people get flustered or overwhelmed when they are in a car accident. If you’re afraid that this will happen to you, consider printing out this list and keeping it in your car’s glove compartment for easy reference.

1. Identify Injuries

Your first priority when an accident occurs should be seeing if there are any injuries. If anyone involved is injured, call an ambulance as soon as possible.

2. Notify the Police

Once everyone that was involved in the accident has been taken care of, it is time to inform the police of your accident. Later, when you speak to your insurance agency about your accident, you will probably need to have a police report available.

3. Help the Injured

While you wait for police or medical assistance to arrive, do what you can to comfort anyone that was injured in the collision. One common ailments caused by car accidents is shock, which can be helped by keeping the person warm by covering them with a blanket.

4. Survey the Accident Scene

Make sure that you take the necessary steps to protect your vehicle from further damage. If it is safe, move it out of the roadway. If you have them, you can use flares to warn other drivers of your presence. At this point, you may also want to call a tow truck. It often takes tow companies a while to reach you, so starting the process early will cut down your waiting time later.

5. Speak to the Police

Once the police arrive, you will have to provide them with information about yourself and the accident. Try to stay calm, and provide answers to their questions to the best of your ability.

6. Ask About the Accident Report

When the officer’s questions are answered, inquire about how and when you can get a copy of the accident report, as it will be a key piece of your car insurance claim.

7. Get Proper Notes and Documentation

Before you leave the scene of the accident, you need to make sure that you have a few key pieces of information about the accident. This information includes:

  • Names of all drivers involved
  • Their drivers license numbers
  • Their auto insurance IDs
  • License plate numbers of all involved cars
  • Make and model of all cars
  • Names and addresses of any witnesses
  • Name and badge numbers of police officers

8. Make Arrangements for Your Vehicle

If your car needs repairs, have it towed to a repair shop. Remember, though – you shouldn’t have any repairs done until after you speak to your insurance agent! You will likely need to have your vehicle inspected and damages appraised before you can have repairs approved.

9. Call Your Local Insurance Agent

Once all the above steps have been taken care of, it’s time to inform your insurance agency of your accident. If you are a Vargas and Vargas Insurance customer, you can do this by calling us at 877-550-0025 or by filling out our online claim form.