Tips and Tricks

Bug Off!

Picture this: You’re cruising down the road with the windows down when you suddenly feel a tickle on your arm. You glance down to brush it away, and that’s when you realize…yikes! It’s a bee!

It can be easy to panic in this situation, but the truth is that crashes can (and do) happen for this reason. One ERIE claims adjuster saw an accident with more than $17,000 in damage after a driver, who was allergic to bees, panicked at the unwelcome visitor and swerved into a light pole. She ended up  totaling her car and yanking down the wiring on a nearby house.

It can happen to anybody, but it doesn’t have to be disastrous!

Summer’s here, and with it comes all sorts of insects that can buzz or crawl their way into your car. We’ve got a real bee in our bonnet about reducing distracted driving–so here’s how to stay safe if you’re surprised by a creepy-crawly copilot:

  • If you’re allergic, be prepared. Make sure to have allergy medication or an EpiPen handy in your car’s emergency kit.
  • Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. If you’re in heavy traffic, fight the urge to swat the insect away–you could swerve and put other drivers at risk.
  • Slow down gradually. Don’t slam on the brakes. Consider putting your four-ways (hazard lights) on to alert other drivers that you’ll be going below the speed limit.
  • If you can, pull over. Once you’ve come to a complete stop, go ahead and give your complete attention to shooing the bug out of your car.

Of course, if the idea of a bee in your car really bugs you, there’s a simple way to protect yourself: drive with the windows up.

Original article by Abby Badach. Read more at erieinsurance.com.

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