PARKING LOT BLUES - WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PARKED CAR IS HIT


Have you ever returned to your vehicle in a parking lot after having had dinner or gone shopping only to find that someone has made a sizeable dent on its side? Now, before the panic of what to do next sets in, read these steps to ensure that your problem is properly taken care of.




COLD WEATHER TRAVEL TIPS - PART 1


Summer passed us by in the blink of an eye and the bitter freezing months are fast approaching. But don’t be upset! Colder weather means holiday months, time spent with family and travel time! Of course, if you’ll be hitting the road for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or anything else, then we suggest that you follow our tips to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable.




CHILD SAFETY SEATS: 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY AVOID


Your child’s safety should be one of your biggest priorities. You do things to make sure they don’t fall off the swing set at the park, you keep a watchful eye at the swimming pool and keep them at arm’s length while you shop at the mall. Yet their safety is especially important in your vehicle. Sure, you know you need a child safety seat, but is that it? Are there certain things you should avoid doing when using a safety seat? Read on and find out more.




McAllen, Brownsville, Laredo Among the Top U.S. Cities With Best Drivers

Driving makes the world go ‘round. A good set of wheels can get us to our destination with little effort, can help deliver the things we want in no time at all and provide us with unlimited fun and adventure. Driving is such a huge part of our everyday lives that it’s easy to forget how dangerous it can be. This is why it’s so important to recognize the areas that ensure driving is kept as safe and sound as possible.




THE (Other) THINGS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP IN YOUR CAR


Emergencies can strike when you least expect them, but they can be especially stressful when they happen while you’re out on the road. In case of emergency, chances are you have the essentials like a spare tire, tire jack, some jumper cables and maybe even a set of tools. While these will do the trick in many situations, there’s a list of other essentials you should always carry in your car.




KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY


Unfortunately, at least for our young ones, summer vacation is slowly coming to a close and school preparations are beginning to gain speed. Soon, you’ll be frequenting trips for school supplies, new clothes and even early athletic prices. But as we get ready for the upcoming school year, it’s important to be fully prepared to take on the road with school children present.




PARENT THOUGHTS: IS YOUR KID READY TO DRIVE SOLO?


Chances are that you remember the first time you turned the key, buckled up and hit the road all on your own. The windows were probably rolled down, the music blaring and your mind was likely going a thousand miles per hour as you hit 30 down the street. Well now that the years have passed, is your teen ready to sit behind the wheel all on his/her own? We understand the nervousness you may feel at this time, but perhaps it’ll be easier to find the right answer after reading the following.




FAIR TRADE: HOW TO GET THE BEST VALUE FOR YOUR CAR


Shopping for a new vehicle can be exciting and stressful in equal parts. On one hand, you can begin to imagine yourself driving away in a shiny new set of wheels; ready to take on anything the road throws your way. On the other, you’re still going to have to step into the dealership, negotiate and try your best to come out on top. This can get especially daunting if you’re looking to trade in your current vehicle. Will you get a good deal for it? Should you even go through with this? It’s a tough decision, but one that the following tips can help with.




IS IT TIME FOR NEW TIRES FOR YOUR VEHICLE?


Your car tires are the unsung heroes of the road. They help your vehicle take you from point A to B as safely as possible. They also go everywhere you take them and they do their job unnoticed. It’s no surprise that, more often than not, people are unaware of when they should change their tires. Should you do it every few years or should you wait until they’re completely flat? The answers you seek may be somewhere in between, but we’ve collected information to make the task easier!




HEAT WAVE SAFETY: KEEP YOUR PUP HAPPY AND COOL


Summer is in full effect now, and if you haven’t already felt it, things are getting hot! Correction: things are getting too hot. If the blazing sun can take a toll on us, how do you think your dog feels? Our pets are much more prone to overheating than us and it can potentially lead to serious health risks – or worse! It’s important to keep our furry friends safe and happy during these blistering months, so take a look at our tips and stay as cool as can be!




SAFETY FIRST: MAKE SWIM TIME FUN AND SAFE

Summer has finally kicked into gear, which means scorching heat and free time to have as much leisure as possible! Of course, it isn’t a classic American summer until the swimming trunks are on, the sun block is layered and the pool is nice and clean for a cannon ball. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? It should be! But it doesn’t mean safety is to be ignored. Swimming pool accidents can happen when you least expect them, so do the right thing and keep your loved ones as safe as possible when out at the pool.




IS IT TIME TO SELL MY HOUSE?


One of the most attractive factors of the American Dream is being able to own your very own home. You’ll get to do with it as you please, raise a few kids in it and retire and relax once you hit a ripe, old age. With that said, owning a home doesn’t mean that you have to remain tied down to only one! If we’re being honest, times change, and there are many perfectly smart reasons why you should sell your house in the next few months. Not convinced? Read on to find out more!




RENTER WOES: GET YOUR LANDLORD TO ACT FAST


Renting can be both a very convenient and very stressful thing. Not being tied down to a mortgage, sticking to short leases and living on your own can be extremely alluring. However, if something ever goes sideways in your apartment, it’s not uncommon for weeks to pass before it’s finally fixed. Does this scenario sound familiar? Or are you about to begin renting and want to avoid the issue? The following tips will help get your landlord to act fast!




5 REASONS TO CONSIDER PURCHASING A NEW CAR


Your old reliable car has taken you from place to place for as long as you can remember. It’s been there on date night, on summer road trips and as you sped your way to work. But for all it’s amazing reliability, there’s a chance your old-timer may be out of commission soon. Don’t know when it’ll be? Keep a lookout for some of these things and be ready to consider a new car.




4 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TOWING A TRAILER WITH YOUR TRUCK


Now that the cold months are gone, families across the nation are ready to take the opportunities provided by warmer weather. In many cases, this means moving. It could be moving a kid back home after a first year of college, moving the entire family to a bigger house or helping one of your pals move into their new digs. Whatever the case, moving may mean hauling weight with a trailer. If you’re not entirely experienced with towing a trailer with your truck, then these tips are exactly what you need.




CAR ACCIDENTS: WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO


Car accidents, by nature, are things you never want to happen to you or your family. Although not every crash is serious, even the slightest fender bender is guaranteed to at least give you a headache when dealing with the other driver, law enforcement and insurance companies. While almost every driver knows what to do immediately after an accident, few are familiar with the things that should be avoided at all costs. Let’s go over a few of them.




7 ESSENTIAL THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP IN YOUR CAR


Being ready and on-the-go are a must, especially in our fast-paced society. Chances are that you never leave home without a bag or backpack filled with the day’s essentials, so why shouldn’t you do the same with your car? We already spend a large part of our week driving, so let’s make sure that you’re ready for anything. Don’t know where to start? Check out these seven things to keep handy in your car.




SUMMER PREP: GET YOUR CAR READY FOR THAT HOT, HOT HEAT


Summer is just a few months away, which means you can begin preparing your vehicle for that adventurous summer trip, those fun weekends at the beach and everything else in between. Now you might be thinking that since your car ran well enough in the winter, why is a summer checkup important? To be frank, the heat, dust and general driving habits of the summer can eventually wear down your vehicle. Get the peace of mind you need and follow our short and simple guide to keeping your car safe, cool and comfortable at all times!




SPRING CLEANING MUSTS: 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD THROW OUT


It’s that time of year again! The leaves are regaining their color, the sun is warming up and your house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. We know, it doesn’t sound like much fun, but an effective spring cleaning session can have your home feeling like new and help you get rid of tons of needless stuff. But what should you really be going after this year? The following are five things you should throw out




GAS RUNNING LOW? LET'S GET TO SAVING!


Your car may make the world go ‘round, but it needs fuel to keep the wheels spinning. Whether you’re commuting to work or making a cross-country trip, fuel can be a bit of a problem with gas prices constantly yo-yoing from good, to bad, to worse. So, how do you save a bit of cash on gas? The following tips may help you do exactly that!




ROAD TRIP TIPS: HOW TO TRAVEL ON A BUDGET


Summer is synonymous with road trips, and chances are you’re currently planning for one of your own! However, adventuring to your destination can often leave a dent in your pocket, especially if you’re not careful. To avoid leaving yourself penniless as you trek through the great outdoors, take a look at this list of tips to follow before and during your road trip.




BUYING A HOME: A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING


One of the biggest and most important achievements in life is finally owning a home. It can be a long and difficult process, especially because no one ever really teaches you how to do it “the right way.” So, let’s put you one step ahead of the game with a few important tips that you should definitely take into consideration.




5 VERY IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP YOU BUY A USED CAR


Used cars make the world go round, don’t they? They’ve given their previous owner a sure way to reach their destinations, have stood the test of time and now are ready to spend their time with a new driver. But just how do you buy used vehicles? After all, there’s way too much you have to take into consideration. It may be overwhelming, but definitely not impossible.




5 SMART WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TAX RETURN


After a hard year’s work, a stressful tax season and a few days (weeks if you’re unlucky) of waiting, your tax return is finally on its way. Hurray! So what should you do with it? Is it time to hit up a casino? Or perhaps you should trade it all for lottery tickets? Forget those, you have to be a little smarter than that. If you’re still unsure about the decision you’ll make, these next few choices can help you get started.




DON'T BREAK THE BANK WITH El CAPITAN

My wife and I got married over a year ago and recently decided to have a kid. I have to admit, it’s always been a dream of mine. If it’s a boy, I’ll get to teach him how to play futbol and make some of the best carne asada. If it’s a girl, I’ll be able to ward off all the huercos until she’s ready to get married at 40. The truth is, having a baby can be expensive, and my wife and I wanted to shave a few dollars off our spending to try and make things possible. Unfortunately, when we were looking for insurance companies to cover our new family car, we realized everyone charges an arm and a leg.




WHAT TYPE OF CAR INSURANCE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Almost every state requires drivers to have at least a minimum level of car insurance. Failure to do so could potentially lead to heavy fines or even license suspensions. But with so many types of insurance policies available, which one is the right one for you? Additionally, what do these policies have that others don’t and why should it determine which one you choose? At Pronto Insurance, we understand that these questions are extremely important to all drivers, which is why we’ve collected all of the information you’ll need when making your decision.




REMAIN CALM: THE STEPS TO TAKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

Let’s say you’ve just eaten breakfast, have everything you need in your bag and are now out the door on your way to work. Then, without any warning, you get sideswiped by a careless driver just as you’re getting ready to get through the day. This is where the panic usually starts to set in. After all, car accidents happen when you least expect them. In these situations, it’s very important to remain calm and follow a simple set of steps put together by the insurance experts at Pronto Insurance.




Car Insurance is Necessary in the State of Texas!!

Chances are that in all of your years of driving, you’ve witnessed at least one accident. Perhaps you’ve seen someone get t-boned at an intersection or even sideswiped in a school zone. But there’s no way anything like that could ever happen to you, right?




Car Insurance: Facts & Myths

It’s not uncommon for many people to think that car insurance is one of the most complicated things to ever exist. There’s the problematic terminology, like “deductible” and “liability”, and then there’s the huge amount of information that goes with policy-hunting.




That’s What I Get – Por Menso

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been having to catch rides to mi chamba with some coworkers, on the bus or, if worse comes to worse, on my bike. Needless to say, this has made me late in more than a handful of times, which is already way too much when your jefe already has it against you. While I wish I could say none of this has been my fault, it honestly all started the day I bought myself a car and, subsequently, decided to pull off a very stupid move: I didn’t get any car insurance.




Make Sure You Are Protected

Taking trips with la familia has always been one of my favorite things to do. You get to stop by the gas station to get some refrescos, café and tacos, and settle in for a nice, relaxing time on the road. My parents took trips with my brothers and I as often as possible, so I was really looking forward to getting out on one of my own with mi amor and the kids.