hidden risk most homeowners ignore

The Hidden Risk Most Homeowners Ignore

by Amanda Prischak on May 10, 2017
Source: https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/hidden-risk

Last fall, Chuck Feeney of Glenview, Illinois, noticed some unusual things around his home. It took longer than usual for water to drain from his sinks, and his home’s sump pump struggled during storms. So he decided to check out his drains’ outdoor clean outs. The verdict: not good.

“They were overflowing at that point,” he remembers. “If I hadn’t checked them, the water would have backed up into my house.” It turned out the water service line to Chuck’s house broke off at the point where the main line meets the line serving his home. Professionals had to dig up Chuck’s yard to repair the line. It was an inconvenience to him and his family—and the bill was $7,500.
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Erie Insurance Earns Top Ranking in J.D. Power Insurance Shopping Study

(Erie, Pa.) May 3, 2017 – For the fifth year in a row, Erie Insurance received the highest ranking in Customer Satisfaction with the Auto Insurance Purchase Experience in the J.D. Power Insurance Shopping Study. In 2017, Erie Insurance received a score of 879 out of 1,000.

“In this digital age, we strive to provide our agents with the right tools to reach customers in ways they prefer and expect, but still reflect our hallmark of service,” said Tim NeCastro, president and CEO of Erie Insurance. “A customer might start an insurance search online, but we believe it should end with a handshake.”

The Insurance Shopping Study provides a detailed look at the customer experience in shopping for a new auto insurance policy. It explores what prompts someone to shop for insurance and which factors contribute to the purchase decision. Three factors were measured to determine overall satisfaction. They are, in order of importance: price, distribution channel and policy offerings.

Tips to Make Your Home Playground Safe

by Jennifer Sonntag on June 13, 2017
Source: https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/home-playground-safety

We care about you and your family’s safety. As the weather warms up and you head outside, it’s important to anticipate any potential safety hazards or accidents that could happen during playtime. Each year, hospital emergency physicians treat more than 200,000 children for playground-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Many of the injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground. Here are some tips to keep your children – and their friends – safe on your home playground:

Create a play space
Before you install your playground, make sure you measure out an entire play space. It’s recommended to have a six-foot radius surrounding the play area in all directions. If your playground has swings, experts suggest that the surface extends in the front and back. Typically, twice the height of the suspending bar. Make sure your play space has any tripping hazards removed, too. Tree stumps, large rocks or uneven ground can all be dangerous for little feet.

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Will Self-Driving Cars Eliminate Distracted Driving? Most People Think So, Says New National Survey

by Abby Badach on

If you had a self-driving car, how much attention do you really think you’d need to pay to the road?

That’s what we wanted to find out when we asked nearly 3,000 licensed U.S. drivers in a new national survey to coincide with Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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Insurance Tips for Car Shopping

Auto dealers take advantage of increased inventory of new year models and available manufacturer incentives to make President’s Day weekend the kickoff to their sales year. When shopping for a new car, the cost of insurance is often a forgotten factor. If you’re in the market for a new car, here are some auto insurance considerations to keep in mind.

Comp & Collision

If you’re moving from a fully-paid used car to a financed new car, your bank or lien holder will require you to carry full coverage while you’re paying off your loan. Owners who’ve carried only the required liability insurance on their fully-paid car may encounter sticker shock when comprehensive and collision is required for a newly financed car. Once you’ve identified the vehicle you are interested in purchasing, consult your insurance agent to get a quote on the new car so you have an idea of your additional costs.

For more information on the types of coverage available, fill out our contact us form.
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After Dark: A dangerous time to drive

Lack of light, compromised night vision, rush hour, impaired drivers and fatigue all contribute to making driving at night more dangerous than during any other time of day. In fact, traffic deaths are three times greater at night, according to National Safety Council research. Let’s look at each of these factors.

Darkness

When it’s dark outside, depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision are compromised. And the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can literally blind a driver temporarily.

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Think Again: Are You Insurance Ready for 2017

COLUMBUS – The first quarter of the year is a great time to reevaluate your insurance policies. Changing life circumstances may lead to different insurance needs. Did you get married? Add a child to your family? Purchase a new home or car? Are you downsizing? It’s a good move to check whether you have appropriate insurance protection.

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, as part of her Think Again initiative, is urging Ohioans to review if insurance adjustments are in order

“Talk with your family, think about shopping around and also get in touch with your agent,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Consumers should be proactive to ensure they have the best coverage for their life situation. Maybe more coverage is needed, maybe it can be reduced.”
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