for June, 2017

distracted driving leading to higher premiums

Posted on June 27, 2017 in insurance 101 - 0 comments -

stop texting and drivingDistracted Driving is now leading to higher premiums in Auto Insurance


Distracted driving, we’ve all seen it.  Sitting at a stop light or driving down the highway people cannot stand to be out of the loop for  even a minute.  Distracted driving isnt a new phenomenon but it has increased with the emergence of smartphones.  Messing with the radio or eating and drinking while driving have been problems for years.  We could blame drive-thrus or musicians but we could probably just use common sense and avoid the whole problem entirely.

The Law

Wisconsin Law is clear when it comes to distracted driving.  Texting is always prohibited for any wisconsin driver.  Using a hand-held device while driving through a work zone is prohibited for any wisconsin driver.  Using any hand-held device is prohibited for ALL probationary licensed driver.  The penalties for violating these laws are very steep!  It could lead to large fines or loss of license.  Is sending that text really worth the risk?  Not just the risk of fine but loss of life or injury to you or others?  We would all say no but we need to remind ourselves more often because the accidents keep occuring and the tickets keep going out.

The Stats

According to the Zero in Wisconsin website,  “If a driver is going 55 miles per hour and gets distracted for less than 5 seconds, they’ve traveled the length of an entire football field without paying attention.”  How long does it take Aaron Rodgers to drive the entire field?  Longer.  According to available statistics, In 2015, there were 24,089 car crashes related to distracted driving in Wisconsin.  That is one in five crashes!

Helpful Tips

Simply Turn off your phone or run silent while driving.  You may even think about doing this as a passenger.  Distractions come from all around the vehicle.  We have so many more obsticles on Wisconsin roadways like Deer and Other Drivers, lets take phones out of that equation!  Pull over and stop in a safe area if you must use your cell phone.  Its actually pretty easy to do this, if the message is that important give your recipient you full and undivided attention from a rest stop or parkinglot and let them know you did this, they will appreciate it!

Insurance Carriers and Claims Personelle see these horrible situations far to often which is why many of them are not even answering their phone wierelessly as they drive.  They even have vopicemail indicating why they did not answer.  Its a great concept.  Lets all keep our eyes on the road and keep each other safe!

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Moving to Shawano a handy guide

Posted on June 26, 2017 in Shawano, Wisconsin - 0 comments -

Beautiful Wolf RiverAre you moving to shawano soon?

Congratulations on a great decision in moving to Shawano in the first place.  Shawano is a great place to raise a family.  With our numerous recreation options and low crime Shawano has been a prime city to live in for Wisconsinites looking to get away from the city.  We would love to make the transition to shawano that much easier.  Below are some resources to get you started.  Whether you are buying or renting in Shawano there are so many options right in the city.  We have downtown, rural, wooded and waterfront properties in both categories.

As a transplant to Shawano myself I can tell you that I have not second guessed my decision once to relocate.  Moving from a different state or even anywhere nearby can be a daunting task if you have no idea where to go.  Of course, the internet has made that a bit easier but I will try to give you some tips.

First lets work on proper pronunciation!


Great!  That’s the hardest part.  Now you’re ready to surf!


We have some amazing local realtors who are knowledgeable in both buying and renting.  I would suggest checking Hilgenberg Realty or Hometown Realty.  If you like to check more than two places for properties you can go to the realtor section on our chamber page or sites like Zillow or


We can help you there and you can get most of that started right online.  It will only take you ten minutes and you will get real numbers right away.  Of course this wouldn’t be a very good moving to Shawano guide if I only offered you one choice so here is the link to the chamber listing for Insurance in Shawano.


You’ll want to visit here and unless you know someone personally you will need a place to stay.  Shawano can oblige happily.  Check out the beautifully redesigned Four Seasons Hotel or if you want to stay on the highway Boarders Inn is a great spot.  Pro tip: There are numerous eateries near the Four Seasons.  Of course you can also check out the chambers hotel listing.  I do not work for the Chamber, really.

Let’s pause and work on pronouncing Shawano correctly again.  It’s fun!


That was amazing.  Have you lived here all your life??

Here are some final tips.  Drive around the lake.  It will take you about a half hour but is beautiful.  There are some great places to eat as well.  The Chamber, which I do not work at, is right on Main Street if you need some brochures.  Their info Center is open 24 hours.  Make sure to check out our annual Sundrop Dayz or the Sundrop museum if you have some time.  Pro tip: Sundrop is available pretty much anywhere here.  I was from Illinois and let’s just say I was stuck with lesser options until i moved to Shawano.   That reminds me stop by and see me if you are in town.  I can personally answer any questions you may have.  We also have a Sundrop machine right in the insurance agency.

The Wallrich Agency Sundrop MachineI can’t wait for you to move here.  It really is a great town.  See you soon!  I will provide some more category Links below for your convenience.

Shawano Fitness Centers

Shawano Storage Centers

Shawano Landscape Companies

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