What Does the Color of Your Car Say About You?

yellow carThey say that the color of your car can show others yourpersonality. Though this may seem like a stereotype, it is still fun to look into! You have obviously chosen your car and its color for a reason—why not find out what that reason may be? According CNW Marketing Research, the color of your vehicle may be linked to your mental health. In this study, nearly 1,900 Americans were asked questions about their lives at several different points. The findings are quite interesting.


Here is what the color of your car may reveal about you:

Black: Drivers who were the least confident drove black vehicles. Hey—we think black is classy!

Green: These drivers were seen to be the most confident AND have a positive attitude.

Red and Yellow: SURPRISE! These drivers were both seen as downbeat. Do you agree with this finding? We would think that bright cars equal happiness and upbeat personalities!

Silver and Blue: On the opposing side of red and yellow, silver and blue were associated with positive outlooks.

These fun facts are certainly not always true and should not influence your choice or opinion in either way, but it is still an interesting study. What does the color of your car say about you?

When it comes down to it, the fact of the matter is that it does not matter what color car you drive. What matters is that you are happy with your choice and protect it! At Mansuco-Nowak Insurance, we believe that you and your car deserve the best coverage out there. We encourage Massachusetts drivers to speak with us about our options! We offer a variety of policies with a discount for everyone. From good student to mature drivers, we will make sure you are satisfied with your affordable and reliable plan. Now go out and find a new green car—kidding!

Protect Your Vehicle after the Spree of Shrewsbury Car Break-Ins

parked carIf your car is parked in your driveway, garage, or close to home, you may think that it is safe and sound. Think again. A car burglary, break-in, or theft could happen at any moment. If you live in Shrewsbury or a surrounding town, you should take car theft seriously by protecting your auto, especially during the nighttime.

In July, for two weeks the Shrewsbury Police Department arrested five people who committed car break-ins at the Shrewsbury Green and Shrewsbury Commons apartments. First, two teens were arrested when officials caught them breaking into into vehicles at the Green. They were charged with larceny over $250 and nighttime breaking and entering into a motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony. In addition, three more people were arrested after allegedly breaking into cars at the Apartments. The burglars were each charged with breaking and entering a vehicle/boat in the nighttime and larceny over $250.

What if these crimes occurred on your property? If you leave your vehicle unattended or unlocked, this gives a robber the perfect opportunity to take your car. Reduce your chances of becoming a victim by following these tips:

Park in well-lighted areas both away from and at home. In addition, when you park, lock all the doors and your garage door.
Install a steering-wheel lock and an ignition disabler to prevent thieves from hot-wiring your car.
Never include your name and address on your keys.
Hide your registration papers in a safe place so a thief can’t steal your personal information too.
At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tips will help you avoid car theft in the future. It is important that you teach everyone in your family these methods so your car can remain safeguarded. Another protective measure you can take is to have auto insurance. We offer personalized services to help you choose a policy and coverage that matches your unique needs. Our team understands how important your vehicle’s safety is, so when you come to us, you will feel safe.

As Temperatures Drop, Don’t let Your Fireplace cause an Accidental House Fire!

fireThe cold weather is coming quicker than you may think. As temperatures drop, it may be time to start up the fire place. Your children may enjoy sitting in front of the fire on crisp cold nights and sharing fun stories. Your fire place may also be a central meeting area for guests and family members. Whatever the case may be, it is important to put safety first, or problems could ensue. The last thing you want to happen is damage to your home due to an accidental house fire.

Whether you have a wood, metal, or another type of stove, you should be aware of the potential accidents that could occur. This is especially true if the fire place is the primary source for heat in the house. Here are some tips that can help you and your family take the proper precautions for protection:

  • Before you light the first fire of the season, make sure your chimney has been inspected. This should be done by a certified specialist so no one gets hurt.
  • Never burn other materials in the fire place besides seasoned hardwood. Putting cardboard, paper, or flammable liquids in there is not a good idea.
  • Keep the front area of the fireplace clean by removing all flammable items surrounding it. Have your family help you keep this space organized and clear of debris.
  • Stack the firewood you use for the stove at least 30 feet away from your home. This is for safety so if a fire were to start, more damage will not occur.
  • Every year, make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning correctly.

At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these fireplace safety tips help you make it through the fall and winter with no fire problems. If a fire does grow out of control, immediately contact your local fire department. In addition, having the right level of home insurance can help protect you from financial loss when the unexpected occurs. The goal of our team is to make sure that Massachusetts residents understand their insurance options. Our dedication to your needs makes us different than the rest!

PINK…Lighting the Way to a Cure!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a special time of year to honor and remember those effected by this disease. According to cancer.org, Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer and 1 in 8 women in the United States will get it during their lifetime. This is why it is time to find a cure! Help us support the research here at UMass Worcester. PINK…Lighting the Way is a fundraiser that is doing just that.


There are a few ways to show your support for breast cancer research and patient care through the PINK foundation. Join the team of doctors, survivors and patients for the amazing night of hope and inspiration. All will speak as to how breast cancer has come into their lives and affected them. Come see the building lit up PINK! Details for the event are:

Thursday October 10th
The Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester
Registration starts at 5:30
Speakers begin at 6:00
Reception to follow
If you are not able to make this wonderful night of incredible stories and research advances, please donate to help locally support breast cancer. Go to http://www.umassmed.edu/development/pink.aspx and make a donation. Every donation counts. We proudly support this foundation and have personal connections to some of the speakers who are survivors. As survivors and fighters, these women are amazing, strong and determined. They are truly awesome!

Promises Require Execution and Communication as a Business Owner

Are you dedicated to the mission you have established for your company? Getting your employees on board with it requires trust, communication, and a promise that success can be found through teamwork. However, if you fail to execute on your promises, your employees may see you as an untrustworthy leader. Don’t let this happen. Following through on the mission you have created will help not only your workforce, but your community see your business as reputable.


It is important as a business owner to create a culture of execution as well as trust. This can be done by getting your entire organization on board with the mission as well as learning how to follow through on goals. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your company moving forward based on your promises:

Share your mission and create a vision based on a concrete strategy. If you don’t have these in place, your employees may be lost on which direction to take.
Try assigning your team personalized missions so they can hold themselves accountable for their tasks. This shows you trust them to complete their work.
Communicate your strategy clearly and regularly so everyone is on the same page. Each employee has a role to play, so if they fail on their responsibilities, this could affect everyone’s success. However, if this is based on miscommunication, this is your fault as a leader.
Reward employees for their hard work through recognition. However, don’t make it a competition. Everyone has put in effort for change and success, so celebrate the team win.
Build relationships not only with your clients, but with your team. They are the foundation of your company, so commit to them. Show them you care and promise that you will support them no matter what. This will help create a strong bond of trust.
Treat people like you yourself would wish to be treated. If you treat them poorly, your business will surely crumble
Never ignore or reject people and their ideas. Everyone should be collaborating, so get the creativity flowing by having the team’s input.
Follow-up as quickly as you can. Offer feedback and accept it as well.
As a business owner, you are responsible for many aspects of your organization. So the last thing you want to worry about is the risks you face. At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tip help you not only follow through on your promises, but also protect your employees fully. Having business insurance from us can help you safeguard your investment as well as attract talented, devoted workers. Let us provide you with the level of coverage you deserve!

Secure a Safe Room at Home for Extra Protection

Although the East Coast doesn’t experience many tornadoes, it can still be a good idea to build a room that is secure for your family. No matter how big or small your property is, having a safe room for protection can be very beneficial to your well being. This way, accidents, injuries, and damages can be mitigated during hurricanes, thunderstorms, and other types of common natural disasters.

Installing a safe room can be expensive if you do not know what you are doing. Hiring a contractor that knows what this type of room requires can help you save money and remain efficient throughout the project. Here are some tips to follow when constructing such a space:

Strong winds from hurricanes can result in the loss of the floor framing, the collapse of basement walls, or serious injuries. This is why building a safe room in the basement is the best location.
Having a safe room can keep dangerous winds and falling debris away from your family. Listen to the weather on the radio s you know when it is safe to reenter your home.
If you live in a high-risk area for disaster, installing a safe room is a good idea.
Prepare an emergency plan and supply kit specifically for getting to and staying in the safe room.
If a disaster strikes, notify the local emergency first responders and out of town family members so important people know ou are safe.
At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tips make it easier for you to feel comfortable in the place you call home. Although you cannot predict when the next storm will come, you can still remain cautious. With so much unpredictability in the weather, you shouldn’t have to wonder where your insurance is coming from. Ask one of our friendly agents for help so you can explore all of your personalized options. When you choose us for your coverage needs, you are choosing more than a comprehensive policy, you are choosing a partner!

Setting a Clear Direction and Expectations for Your Team of Dedicated Employees

Do you have a mission for your business? Whether it is in the works or a long standing statement, your employees must understand its importance. As a business owner, setting clear expectations for your team can help them understand what direction the company is going in. Also, it can give them the confidence to set goals and succeed, which will help your customers see the true value in your services.

Opportunities always come and go, so taking advantage of moments to improve and learn will only increase productivity. In addition, showing how much you care about your employee and their performance can encourage good work. But how can your team know how to be successful within your company? Here are some tips to set clear expectations:

Set up individual meetings with your employees and explain in detail what you expect from each of them. This should go along with their job descriptions and responsibilities. In addition, continue to update and communicate expectations as things change in the industry.
You should communicate what employees can expect from you as their leader. This will vary when it comes to how long an employee has been with the company.
Have your team express what they can expect from one another. This can help create a united and trusting environment.
In order to create realistic expectations, start with a vision of what you want the end result to be.
Always provide regular feedback as your employees meet expectations. This will help them learn new skills and improve along the way.
Establish an attitude of positivity throughout the office so no one feels uncomfortable or put down. Also, encourage everyone to challenge themselves to become better.
At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tips help your company succeed to new heights. Making sure expectations are made clear can also help improve the way your business serves clients. However, although your operation may be running smoothly, that doesn’t mean risks disappear. Having business insurance from us can help you understand the unique mishaps you could face. Let our dedicated agents personalize a package to meet your needs.

As a Driver, would You prefer to use Voice Activated, Hands Free Technology?

Hands free devices may sound like something out of the future, but this type of technology could be closer to becoming a reality than you think. Would you ever want to have the ability to operate your vehicle at the same time as you are texting or talking on the phone? As a driver, you must always be aware of your surroundings, but when your voice controls your phone or music, this could put you a unique risk for an accident.

According to a study conducted by AAA, hands free, voice recognition devices can be just as distracting to drivers as the traditional, hand held ones. Motorists were found to have delayed reaction times and missed visual cues such as stop signs while using hands free devices. Although automakers have been trying to develop systems for safer texting and phone calling on smart phones, that doesn’t erase the cognitive distractions the action of talking brings.

The researchers measured brainwaves and eye movement to evaluate the drivers’ mental workload. It was found that the focus on the road was decreased more so than if no devices were used at all. Therefore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration strongly suggests that officials reinforce the idea that mobile devices should be disabled unless the vehicle is stopped and in park.

At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope motorists don’t take driving for granted. This is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, being responsible and safe behind the wheel can keep everyone both on and off the road out of harm’s way. If you feel you require more protection, then having our auto insurance may help. Our team knows that your needs differ from those of other drivers. Therefore, we will help you every step of the way so you can protect what is important to you.

Understanding Your Leadership in a Mindful, Self-Aware Way

In order to be a good leader to your company, you must be a good listener. What other characteristics should you posses? Most of the time, business owners are so absorbed with their customers, money, or other sources that they forget to focus on their own needs. Shifting your perspective to become a more self-aware leader can help you understand your own leadership better.

Self-awareness is so valuable because it gives you the ability to be conscious of what skills you have, what you can improve on, and what you still have to learn. Being honest with yourself can help you find the confidence you need to admit your own mistakes and help your company grow to its ultimate potential. Here are some tips to help you become more mindful about running your business:

Self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses can help others trust you and increase credibility.
Acknowledging what you have yet to learn can help everyone in your organization continue to educate themselves as well.
Being mindful of your leadership can help you come to the realization that something is not working and fix the plan so it does work.
Feedback from your employees can help you become a better listener.
Ask good questions to help with everyone’s performance and demonstrate self-awareness.
Set a good example so your entire business can become self-aware. This will benefit your customers, goals, and growth.
Finding a deeper understanding of yourself can help you foster stronger relationships and build a trustworthy team. At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tips help you accomplish your goals. To protect your new found leadership, you should also think about establishing a business insurance policy. We offer personalized services that will help safeguard you from the unique risks you face. Given the variety of options, it makes sense to choose our team, who takes the time to explain policies that pertain to your company.