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What can car safety features do for you?

Cars have changed a lot over the years. There have been many innovations in style, accessories, and safety features. While there are many different things a car buyer considers when purchasing a new vehicle, including size, color, gas mileage, and convenience items, safety features are usually at or near the top of the list.

Now, purchasing a car with advanced safety features can do more than help protect you and your family. It can save you money! Many insurance carriers, including West Bend, offer discounts for vehicles that have certain safety features. To learn what discounts you may be eligible to receive with a West Bend Home and Highway® policy, talk to an independent insurance agent.

If you’re interested in learning more about safety features found on cars today, Consumer Reports has compiled a list identifying and explaining many of these features. And, if you’re in the market for a new car, check out their easy-to-use table that displays which advanced safety systems are standard, optional, and not available on different car makes and models.


Don't let the flu get you!

Flu season is upon us. Do you know how to protect yourself and your family?

Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. While it’s impossible to know how many cases of the flu occur each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu has resulted in a staggering 9.2 million to 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States since 2010.

CDC urges people to “Take 3” actions to protect themselves and others from the flu:

  1. Take time to get a flu vaccine. CDC recommends receiving the vaccine by the end of October, if possible.
  2. Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Here’s more information about these actions.

To learn more about the 2017-2018 flu season, see these frequently-asked questions.

Here’s information on what to do if you get sick and believe it’s the flu.


It's not raining, but you may still want an umbrella

If you rely on your primary insurance coverage to respond to liability risks, you may not be adequately protected in the case of a lawsuit. Primary homeowners and auto insurance only cover you to a certain extent. A West Bend Personal Umbrella policy provides an additional layer of liability coverage over and above the limits provided by your Home and Highway® policy.

Unfortunately, we live in a very litigious age and we all have liability risks that are a part of our everyday lives. Simple exposures include:

  • Owning a home, dog, gun, swimming pool, or trampoline;
  • Driving a car, motorcycle, boat, four-wheeler, or snowmobile;
  • Hosting a party and serving alcohol to guests; and even
  • Texting, tweeting, or blogging potentially inappropriate content.

While these possessions and activities can provide great enjoyment, all of them have led to lawsuits with damages that ranged from $500,000 to $2,000,000!

West Bend's Personal Umbrella limit starts at $1,000,000. Higher limits are available. Your independent insurance agent can help determine the amount of coverage that's best for you.

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