Winter has settled in and many areas of the country are covered in snow. While the snow offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of opportunities for exercise and adventure, it can also present safety challenges and risk. Snow and ice on the roads can cause scary and hazardous driving conditions and snow and ice on parking lots and walkways can cause fender benders, as well as slips and falls.
It’s important for homeowners and business owners alike to ensure they maintain and clear snow and ice from areas used by pedestrians and vehicles. Common areas to address include sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and walkways. Doing this can help prevent injuries and insurance claims.
Check out our infographic for five simple tips for safer winter parking lots and walkways.
Every season presents unique challenges for drivers. Spring brings us orange construction barrels and rain, summer means sharing the road with more bicycles and motorcycles, and the peak mating and migration activities of animals in autumn results in more deer and other animals on and around roadways. While all these factors require drivers to take extra precautions, winter probably delivers the most challenges for drivers.
The extreme cold, as well as snow, sleet, and freezing rain can wreak havoc on vehicles and roads. Cold weather can affect your car’s battery, fluids, tire pressure, spark plugs, and more. Winter precipitation makes roads slippery and unpredictable. While it’s impossible to eliminate all the risks that come with driving during winter, there are things you can do to minimize the impacts of winter conditions.
The National Safety Council provides these tips to better prepare you and your car for winter driving.
If you’re a West Bend policyholder who’s been affected by storms in Christian County, Illinois in late November/early December 2018, we want to address questions you may have related to your insurance coverage.
Please direct your questions about insurance claims or coverage to West Bend's Claims Department. Click here for contact information.
West Bend understands policyholders in affected areas may have difficulty paying insurance premiums during this time and will be flexible for customers living in those disaster areas. If you have questions about your policy premiums or need an extension, our Accounting Department can help you. You may contact West Bend's Accounting Department at 1-800-236-5002 between 8:00am and 4:30pm CST.
The Illinois State Insurance Department has issued a bulletin related to the storms in Christian County. West Bend is doing its utmost to comply with these requests and directives. If you live in Illinois and would like more information, please click here.
Disclaimer: West Bend is making every effort to intercept notices for policyholders in the affected disaster areas. We acknowledge that we may not be able to intercept every notice.