Traverse City, Mich. (Thursday, July 30, 2009) - In celebration of the 15th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest, single-day collector car event in the Motor City, Hagerty Insurance Agency, the world’s leading provider of collector car insurance, offers helpful tips for cruisers to enjoy a fun and trouble-free day.
“As hobby enthusiasts, we know there’s nothing more enjoyable than a cruise, whether it’s your first time or your hundredth,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance Agency. “The last thing you want to worry about is running into trouble with your vehicle or law enforcement. Our staff at Hagerty compiled these tips from our own personal Woodward experiences to help attendees be as prepared as possible, so once they hit the road they’ll be free to enjoy the simple pleasures of the cruise.”
With over 40,000 vehicles packing the streets of Woodward Avenue the day of the Dream Cruise combined with its historical reputation for alcohol-related incidents and drag racing, it comes as no surprise that there will be a significant law enforcement presence.
Listed below are Hagerty’s Tips for a Fun and Trouble-Free Woodward Dream Cruise.[*]
· Make sure your tail lights and brake lights are working properly. Under Michigan law brake lights and tail lights are required to be working and fully functional when driving. However, if your vehicle is licensed as historic and was not originally manufactured with these lights it may be exempt from this law.
· Double check that your insurance and registration are both up to date. If your registration has expired and you’re stopped, it can put a damper on the rest of your cruise. It’s a little thing, but one people often forget.
Under Michigan law drivers with historic plates are allowed to drive to and from collector car-related activities and similar uses, including mechanical testing. Consider carrying a copy of the law in your vehicle as it may help prevent potential issues. You can find a copy of this law on our website at Hagerty.com/historicvehiclemi.
· Pack a lunch. Bring a lunch or try one of the many food vendors along the route. Also pack some sunblock, plenty of water and lawn chairs if you decide to stop and watch the action.
· Do not drag race or burnout. With the large crowd and powerful automobiles, it may be tempting to show off the performance ability of your muscle car. Although rare, there have been incidents of cars losing control –striking other vehicles and in some cases, people. Drag racing and burning out will draw unwanted attention from police.
· Make sure your cooling system is in optimum condition. Overheating, especially with older classics, is common on a hot summer day, particularly in stop-and-go traffic. If there is steam coming from under the hood, don’t just assume it’s smoke from the guy next to you doing a burnout. There’s a likelihood that your engine is overheating. At any rate, bring a fire extinguisher along just in case something does go awry.
· Do not carry alcohol. Michigan law prohibits open intoxicants in motor vehicles and violators can be subject to fine and possible imprisonment. Open, readily accessible containers of alcohol are not allowed inside the vehicle.
· Thoroughly inspect your vehicle. Out of the tens of thousands of cruisers, you may want your classic to be the one that stands out and stops traffic – but not by breaking down. Before heading out for the cruise make sure you check your brakes, battery, tire pressure and belts. Also, it’s important to have jumper cables and, as simple as it may sound, a full tank of gas.
· Share the experience. Bring your child, friend or better yet, pack the whole family into your cruiser. Yes, the entire family fits into your ‘72 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.
· Show your colors. This is a great opportunity to wear your car club gear to help recruit new members. After all, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest single-day collector car event in the world.
For additional information on the Woodward Dream Cruise, there are helpful websites including:
Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call (800) 922-4050 or visit www.hagerty.com.
*The material provided in this release is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as basis for decisions in specific situations. This information should not be cited or relied upon as legal advice or authority and may not be up-to-date or accurate as of the date of publication.