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‘Tis the Season to Prevent Fires

There’s no doubt that some of the best holiday indulgences (turkey! cookies! cake!) come out of an oven, not a gift-wrapped box. But along with the many good things that originate in the kitchen throughout the holiday season, there’s something else that’s all-too-common: fires. The kitchen is the most common origin for home fires and fire …

Winterizing Your Home Checklist

There’s no denying it: Winter is on its way. Winterizing your home can help lower your energy bills, prevent bigger more costly repairs later on, and reduce the risk of accidents like a home heating fire. (Side note: That’s why having the right homeowners insurance can give you peace of mind, too.) Ready? Let’s walk through the big list of projects …

How to Know if a Vehicle Has Flood Damage

In late 2017, Texas and Florida experienced devastating hurricanes and flooding. Many homes and businesses were affected by these natural disasters, and got us thinking: “What happens to vehicles that have been flooded?” and “How do you know whether one has been?” Unfortunately, natural disasters give criminals an opportunity to sell flooded …

The Hidden Risk Many Homeowners Ignore

If you’re like many homeowners, you may have received offers in the mail promoting protection plans for exterior utility lines or pipes. And if you’re like most consumers, you’re not quite sure if this protection is something you might actually need. Whose line is it anyway? The reality is that as a homeowner, exterior underground service and …

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Auto Insurance

When it comes to auto insurance, there are a lot of companies and coverage choices. How do you know who to trust and what’s essential? Some of the insurance terms like endorsements or comprehensive and collision coverage may also be a bit confusing. And what about those extras you can add on? Which ones do you need? We’ve pulled together …

Quick Ways to Spot Phishing Messages Targeting Your Business

Gone may be the days when phishing attempts were easy to identify. While malicious messages are nothing new, they’re becoming more sophisticated and harder to pick out from legitimate business communications. A few simple clicks in one of these emails can develop into a problem that spreads quickly across digital channels and devices, but there are …

Can You Guess Our Biggest Driving Distraction?

Of the more than 172,000 people killed in car crashes over the past five years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved was distracted. These statistics come from data analyzed by Erie Insurance housed in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the …

How to Help Your Home Recover from Winter

Winter is usually rough on homes. Between snow, ice, wind and freezing temperatures, you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter: Have your roof inspected. This is especially important if you notice any leaks or loose shingles or metal. The freezing …

9 Things You Should Never Do to Your Car

 by Amanda Prischak on December 28, 2015 You probably rely on your car every day to get you where you need to go. But how well can your car rely on you? There are some things you should never do to your car. Are you guilty of any of them? Check out the list below to find out—and learn what you can do to give your car the care it needs. 9 things to …

Drowsy Driving Among Young Drivers

The problem According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in five fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver, and drivers aged 16 to 24 are at the greatest risk for being involved in a drowsy driving crash. Between 2010 and 2015, more than 1,300 drivers aged 25 and younger were involved in fatal drowsy driving crashes in the United …