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Storm preparation: 4 tips to stay safe and minimize damage

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 10/29/2012 at 10:35 AM

According to CNN.com this morning, about 50 million people, from Virginia to Massachusetts, are expected to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy. These tips can help you stay safe and minimize damage during and after the storm:

Take shelter in a safe location.
This might require evacuating your home—despite the natural desire to stay behind and protect it. If so, monitor weather and traffic reports to identify your evacuation route, secure your property and head for higher ground. If you can, take all of your vehicles with you. If you can’t, store them indoors or on high ground as close as possible to a sturdy building.

Keep insurance documents with you.
Place your insurance documents, vehicle registration and title in a waterproof bag and keep them with you. Then, take photos of your vehicles; this can help if you have a claim.

Report vehicle damage immediately.
Don't try to start or move a flooded vehicle; you could cause more damage. If you’re a Progressive customer, you can call us to report a claim anytime at 1-800-776-4737. You can also log in to report a claim.

If it’s safe to drive, use caution.
Never drive over a downed electrical line, and avoid low-hanging and fallen power lines and debris. Never travel down a road submerged in water; underlying currents could carry your vehicle away. And if your vehicle stalls in water, immediately abandon it; floodwaters can rise several feet in a matter of minutes.

For more flood safety tips and hurricane safety tips, go to our Vehicle Resources section.

Prevent a parking lot accident this holiday season

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 12/14/2011 at 9:30 AM

During the holidays, when millions of shoppers flood stores and malls, the frequency of parking lot accidents goes up by about 20 percent, according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association. To help protect your car from dings, dents and fender-benders, try these parking lot accident prevention tips:

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5 simple road rules to keep your teen driver safe

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 10/20/2011 at 10:00 AM

Getting their driver's license is a rite of passage for many teens, but, understandably, handing over the car keys can bring on anxiety for parents. However, it can also be a positive and memorable occasion.

The single best thing parents can do to prepare teens to drive on their own is to practice with them, says John Ulczycki, group vice president at the National Safety Council.

"If you think about driving as a learning curve, the more practice kids get driving, the faster they move across that learning curve and the more confidence they get," Ulczycki says.

Here are five more simple rules that will help protect your teen on the road—and give you peace-of-mind.

Keep the invite list short
Statistically, teenagers are less likely to crash when they're driving alone or with an adult, so consider setting limits on when and how often your child can ride with or transport other teenagers.

"With each additional passenger that you add to a car, you are significantly increasing your crash risk," Ulczycki says.

For instance, you might wait until your teen has been driving for at least six months before giving permission to drive and ride with friends. Teenagers can also limit distractions by regulating noise in the car (e.g., conversations, music) and keeping their eyes focused solely on the road.

Drive during the day
At night, it's harder to see, as well as judge distance and speed. Spend a lot of time practicing nighttime driving with your teen, and just like with the last tip, consider waiting until your teen has more experience driving—at night and during the day—before giving permission to drive at night.

Limit technology
A decade ago, this tip may have been something like, "Don't fiddle with the radio while driving." But with the explosion of mobile technology, there are a slew of new distractions to teen drivers and passengers.

Despite laws banning texting while driving, research shows that the practice is still widespread. Nearly 60 percent of high school seniors and more than 40 percent of high school juniors reported that they've texted or sent emails while driving, according to an anonymous national survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Remind your teen not to use mobile devices in the car and to pull over if they believe it's important to make a call or send a text.

Buckle up
Generally, seat belt use has steadily increased since the early 90s, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, teens are less likely to buckle up, both while driving and as passengers, than the rest of the population. You can help your teen understand the importance of seat belts by buckling up every time you drive or ride in a car.

Don't drink
Fewer teens are drinking today (40 percent) than in 1980 (72 percent), according to the Monitoring the Future study. However, that may not stop some teens from operating a vehicle while intoxicated—or riding with someone who is. Drinking and driving is not only illegal, it's unsafe. Consider helping your teen come up with a response she's comfortable giving to turn down alcohol, and insist that she never get into a vehicle with anyone who's been drinking.

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In the car when severe weather hits? Stay safe with an action plan

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 8/15/2011 at 7:45 AM

With Progressive’s new severe weather text alerts, you can find out—up to 30 minutes in advance—if storms are headed your way.

But, what if you do get caught in the car when golf ball-sized hail starts falling—or your city’s tornado sirens start blaring. Would you know what to do?

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9 tips to keep your home safe while you’re away

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 6/10/2011 at 1:30 PM

Whether you’re road-tripping to a neighboring city or relaxing for a week in the Caribbean, protect your home by following this quick checklist. (Keep in mind that with short trips, you might skip some of these to-do’s.)

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