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Flying Furniture (a letter to Flo)

Remember that one time when Flo animated a customer's thank-you letter?

No? Well she did it again!

And this time, it involves a hotel, flying furniture and a car. (Everyone was OK—just not the car.)



POSTED APRIL 26, 2013 9:48 AM
RVers: Mother Nature can rain on your trip, but not ruin it

“A little rain never hurt anyone.”

Try telling that to a family whose RV roof was damaged during a nasty storm.

The right RV insurance coverage, though, can help turn things around quickly—and salvage your trip—by:

• Paying for your food, hotel and transportation costs (up to $750). 
• Covering the cost to return your RV home, if it’s unsafe to be driven or towed.
• Covering the damage to your RV and personal belongings. 

Before setting out on a spring camping trip, give us a call to review your policy and make sure you have the right amount of Comprehensive and Collision, and Emergency Expense coverage.

Then, the only thing the rain can ruin is your s’more-making.



POSTED APRIL 19, 2013 9:35 AM
Rate Suckers are real, and only Snapshot® can stop them

You might not know it (63% of those we surveyed didn’t), but you’re paying more for car insurance because of others’ bad driving habits.

They’re called Rate Suckers, and they’re everywhere:

Behind the wheel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Out to play at the strangest hours.

Slamming. On. Their. Brakes. Constantly.

Only Snapshot saves you!  It sets you apart, so you can take back the savings you deserve.



POSTED APRIL 16, 2013 7:38 PM
Settle “best driver” debates with a new app

Snapshot App

Are you the best driver around?

Do you have more skills behind the wheel than your friends?

Want to prove you’re a better driver than your significant other?

Find out how your driving stacks up with Snapshot for iPhone®.

This new app is based on Snapshot®, a Progressive program that gives you a personalized car insurance rate based on how you drive.

With the app, you can experience Snapshot in a fun game format. Earn badges—there are 32!— share your score with friends and family, and settle those long-standing debates once and for all. 



POSTED APRIL 01, 2013 3:27 PM
Superstore Shuffle: New and better than ever!

Superstore Shuffle

Superstore Shuffle® puts you in the Progressive apron, and the faster you help customers, the higher you’ll go! 

And in the latest version of Superstore Shuffle, you can pick up a shift in a new location: a Progressive Service Center.

Guide as many customers as you can through the repair process—dropping off their car, picking up a rental, grabbing coffee and getting back on the road—and you just might find yourself at the top (a.k.a., the highest scorer of the day).

Then, challenge your friends to beat your score—or try to beat it yourself!

Play on Facebook or your iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ device or Kindle™.

iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Kindle is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.



POSTED FEBRUARY 04, 2013 12:00 PM
Thank you for the thank-you’s!

The claims experience really puts your car insurance to the test.

There’s a lot we do at Progressive to try to make things easy for you—from having one representative work with you until your claim is resolved, to offering to handle all your repairs for you and arrange for your rental car.

Getting a “thank-you” always reassures us that you’re getting the service you want and deserve.

So, thank YOU, John F., for sharing your story:



POSTED JANUARY 16, 2013 12:00 PM
We’re at your service for repairs, too

You trust your insurer to take care of a claim when you have one.

At Progressive, we take care of your claimand can manage your repairs, too.

Just drop off your damaged car at a Progressive Service Center; you can even pick up a rental at the same time—saving a trip.
Go back to your normal routine; we coordinate the entire repair process and call you when you can pick up your car.
• A trusted shop performs your repairs—which are guaranteed for as long as you own or lease your car, even if you move to another state.

“I love how easy it was to take them my car, sign a couple papers and be given the keys to the rental that was right there waiting for me,” says a Service Center customer in Phoenix.

“To not have to do anything myself is worth being with Progressive.”

Right now, there are 54 Service Centers countrywide. And more are opening in other cities—starting with one in Silver Spring, Md., in February.

Learn more about Progressive’s Service Centers:



POSTED JANUARY 14, 2013 8:00 AM
Researching new cars? Here’s a must-read for you

10 hours. That’s how long (on average) people spend doing research before buying a new car, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive.

Save some time by reading our quick-reference guide to:

How does my car affect my insurance rate?

While you probably won’t choose a car solely based on how much it costs to insure, knowing this might help you make the final call.

(Tip: Use our Cost to Insure calculator, available on our mobile site and app, to compare vehicles and see which is least expensive to insure.)

how your car affects your insurance rate

 



POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2012 7:00 AM
The Box: Off the shelf and into the spotlight

The Box.

While he hasn’t gone unnoticed in his TV appearances—customers have even asked for their own box!—he hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight. Until now.

Starting this week, he’s off the shelf and bringing everyone behind-the-scenes into the world of a Superstore superstar.

By the way, did The Box’s smooth voice sound familiar? It’s Chris Parnell.

And, did you happen to catch any hidden gems? Hint: The first one is hanging above The Box’s fireplace.



POSTED DECEMBER 03, 2012 3:05 PM
Storm preparation: 4 tips to stay safe and minimize damage

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.



POSTED OCTOBER 29, 2012 10:35 AM
Progressive how-to: Finish riding, boating & camping season on a high note

Turn the day you cover and lock up your bike, boat or RV into the foundation for another year of adventure.

Here’s how.

Update your insurance policy as needed.
Give your insurer a call, or log into your policy, to make sure you’ve got enough coverage for the off-season. Coverages like these may be even more valuable when your vehicle is in storage:

• Comprehensive/collision: Comprehensive covers fire and theft, as well as damage caused by storage roofs buckling or collapsing. We get a lot of these claims from boat and RV customers following big snow storms. This also helps protect you from the unexpected — like having a family of otters “move in” to your boat for the winter. (True story!)

• Bodily injury/property damage: If your bike, boat or RV catches fire while in storage, and the fire spreads, property damage helps cover repairs to the building or to other vehicles.

Shield your bike, boat or RV from the elements.
Thoroughly winterize your vehicle or vessel, following the manufacturer’s recommendations, so you’re ready to go in the new year. This can help prevent freeze damage and maintenance issues that your insurer likely won’t cover.

What else do you include in your end-of-season routine?



POSTED OCTOBER 22, 2012 4:00 PM
The new insurance trend: Is it for you?

Usage-based insurance—which bases discounts on your personal driving habits, instead of on how people like you drive—is already widely adopted in Europe and is on its way to becoming the new norm in the United States

So is it for you?

Read More



POSTED OCTOBER 01, 2012 12:30 PM
Update on the Kaitlynn Fisher Case

For the past week, Progressive has been in active settlement discussions with the family of Kaitlynn Fisher. Though there was considerable public interest in this case and we know many of you saw mentions of it on social media and news outlets, we also believed it was inappropriate to share further details while those discussions were ongoing. As of this morning, an agreement has been reached with the Fisher family to settle the claim. Prior to that, we were cautious with our responses, but now that the agreement has been reached, we’d like to further clarify Progressive’s role in the trial.

Ms. Fisher held a policy with Progressive that included Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage, which protects drivers in the event they’re struck by an at-fault driver who’s either uninsured or doesn’t have enough coverage.

Under Maryland law, in order to receive the benefits of an underinsured driver claim, the other driver must be at fault. Sometimes this can be proven without the need for a trial, but in Ms. Fisher’s case, there were credible conflicting eyewitness accounts as to who was at fault.

A trial was necessary so that a jury could review all of the evidence and come to a decision. In those circumstances, under Maryland law, the insurance company providing the Underinsured Motorist coverage is considered a defendant. As a defendant in this case, Progressive participated in the trial procedures on our own behalf while Nationwide represented the other driver.

On Thursday, August 9, a jury determined that the other driver was at fault in the accident involving Ms. Fisher. In accordance with that decision, Progressive worked with the Fisher family and their legal representative to resolve the claim.

This was a tragic accident and our sympathies go out to the Fisher family.



POSTED AUGUST 16, 2012 10:45 AM
Statement on the Fisher Case

I’d like to take this opportunity to explain Progressive’s role in this complex case. First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to Kaitlynn Fisher’s family.

To be very clear, Progressive did not serve as the attorney for the defendant in this case. He was defended by his insurance company, Nationwide.

There was a question as to who was at fault, and a jury decided in the Fisher family’s favor just last week. We respect the verdict and now can continue to work with the Fisher family to reach a resolution.

Chris Wolf
Claims General Manager
Progressive



POSTED AUGUST 14, 2012 2:00 PM
At Progressive, you’re always in the driver’s seat

When you choose Progressive to protect your cars, you have a say in how you want your claim handled:

Read More



POSTED JUNE 19, 2012 1:35 PM
3 things you might not know about Progressive

In the spirit of getting to know each other, here are three little tidbits that’ll help you get to know us—as more than just unicorn-loving insurance enthusiasts.

Read More



POSTED JUNE 19, 2012 1:35 PM
Insurance shopping: 3 ways it’s easier than ever before

It’s an ideal time to be an insurance shopper. New options—like starting a quote with a picture of your driver’s license and pricing multiple insurance products all at once—make finding a great policy easier than ever.

 

Mobile options are expanding.
New features like these—available at Progressive and some other companies—make mobile quoting an even more convenient option:

• Image technology: Take a photo of your driver’s license or scan your car’s VIN, and Progressive automatically enters this information into your auto quote. (Check out the video below!)
• Option to buy: Now you can buy an auto insurance policy on a mobile device, in addition to getting a quote.
• Additional products: You can quote and buy insurance for other vehicles on a mobile device now, too. Get a bike, boat or RV policy anywhere, anytime.

Choosing coverage isn’t a DIY job.
It’s also easier to customize an insurance policy. With Progressive’s Coverage CheckerSM for car insurance, for example, you see where you might need more or less coverage, control how much coverage you buy and get information to help you make the right choice for you.

Insurance quotes do dual duty.
Now, you can also price and buy two insurance products—like home and auto insurance—in a single quote. Not only does this save you time, it might also save you money; many insurers, including Progressive, offer discounts for buying certain insurance products together.

 

Image scanning feature is currently available in about 20 states. Mobile buy option is currently available in about 40 states.



POSTED MARCH 20, 2012 7:00 AM
3 tips to pay less for car insurance

Quote with a new company.
Rates vary by insurer, so you might get the same coverage for less. For example, drivers who switch to Progressive save over $475* a year on average. To see how much you could save, quote a Progressive auto policy today. 

Read More



POSTED JANUARY 10, 2012 8:00 AM
Prevent a parking lot accident this holiday season

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:

Read More



POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2011 9:30 AM
5 simple road rules to keep your teen driver safe

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.

What tips would you add?

The information in this blog may vary based on your particular state or situation.

 

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POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2011 10:00 AM

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Flying Furniture (a letter to Flo)

Remember that one time when Flo animated a customer's thank-you letter?

No? Well she did it again!

And this time, it involves a hotel, flying furniture and a car. (Everyone was OK—just not the car.)



POSTED APRIL 26, 2013 9:48 AM
RVers: Mother Nature can rain on your trip, but not ruin it

“A little rain never hurt anyone.”

Try telling that to a family whose RV roof was damaged during a nasty storm.

The right RV insurance coverage, though, can help turn things around quickly—and salvage your trip—by:

• Paying for your food, hotel and transportation costs (up to $750). 
• Covering the cost to return your RV home, if it’s unsafe to be driven or towed.
• Covering the damage to your RV and personal belongings. 

Before setting out on a spring camping trip, give us a call to review your policy and make sure you have the right amount of Comprehensive and Collision, and Emergency Expense coverage.

Then, the only thing the rain can ruin is your s’more-making.



POSTED APRIL 19, 2013 9:35 AM
Rate Suckers are real, and only Snapshot® can stop them

You might not know it (63% of those we surveyed didn’t), but you’re paying more for car insurance because of others’ bad driving habits.

They’re called Rate Suckers, and they’re everywhere:

Behind the wheel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Out to play at the strangest hours.

Slamming. On. Their. Brakes. Constantly.

Only Snapshot saves you!  It sets you apart, so you can take back the savings you deserve.



POSTED APRIL 16, 2013 7:38 PM
Settle “best driver” debates with a new app

Snapshot App

Are you the best driver around?

Do you have more skills behind the wheel than your friends?

Want to prove you’re a better driver than your significant other?

Find out how your driving stacks up with Snapshot for iPhone®.

This new app is based on Snapshot®, a Progressive program that gives you a personalized car insurance rate based on how you drive.

With the app, you can experience Snapshot in a fun game format. Earn badges—there are 32!— share your score with friends and family, and settle those long-standing debates once and for all. 



POSTED APRIL 01, 2013 3:27 PM
Superstore Shuffle: New and better than ever!

Superstore Shuffle

Superstore Shuffle® puts you in the Progressive apron, and the faster you help customers, the higher you’ll go! 

And in the latest version of Superstore Shuffle, you can pick up a shift in a new location: a Progressive Service Center.

Guide as many customers as you can through the repair process—dropping off their car, picking up a rental, grabbing coffee and getting back on the road—and you just might find yourself at the top (a.k.a., the highest scorer of the day).

Then, challenge your friends to beat your score—or try to beat it yourself!

Play on Facebook or your iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ device or Kindle™.

iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Kindle is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.



POSTED FEBRUARY 04, 2013 12:00 PM
Thank you for the thank-you’s!

The claims experience really puts your car insurance to the test.

There’s a lot we do at Progressive to try to make things easy for you—from having one representative work with you until your claim is resolved, to offering to handle all your repairs for you and arrange for your rental car.

Getting a “thank-you” always reassures us that you’re getting the service you want and deserve.

So, thank YOU, John F., for sharing your story:



POSTED JANUARY 16, 2013 12:00 PM
We’re at your service for repairs, too

You trust your insurer to take care of a claim when you have one.

At Progressive, we take care of your claimand can manage your repairs, too.

Just drop off your damaged car at a Progressive Service Center; you can even pick up a rental at the same time—saving a trip.
Go back to your normal routine; we coordinate the entire repair process and call you when you can pick up your car.
• A trusted shop performs your repairs—which are guaranteed for as long as you own or lease your car, even if you move to another state.

“I love how easy it was to take them my car, sign a couple papers and be given the keys to the rental that was right there waiting for me,” says a Service Center customer in Phoenix.

“To not have to do anything myself is worth being with Progressive.”

Right now, there are 54 Service Centers countrywide. And more are opening in other cities—starting with one in Silver Spring, Md., in February.

Learn more about Progressive’s Service Centers:



POSTED JANUARY 14, 2013 8:00 AM
Researching new cars? Here’s a must-read for you

10 hours. That’s how long (on average) people spend doing research before buying a new car, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive.

Save some time by reading our quick-reference guide to:

How does my car affect my insurance rate?

While you probably won’t choose a car solely based on how much it costs to insure, knowing this might help you make the final call.

(Tip: Use our Cost to Insure calculator, available on our mobile site and app, to compare vehicles and see which is least expensive to insure.)

how your car affects your insurance rate

 



POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2012 7:00 AM
The Box: Off the shelf and into the spotlight

The Box.

While he hasn’t gone unnoticed in his TV appearances—customers have even asked for their own box!—he hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight. Until now.

Starting this week, he’s off the shelf and bringing everyone behind-the-scenes into the world of a Superstore superstar.

By the way, did The Box’s smooth voice sound familiar? It’s Chris Parnell.

And, did you happen to catch any hidden gems? Hint: The first one is hanging above The Box’s fireplace.



POSTED DECEMBER 03, 2012 3:05 PM
Storm preparation: 4 tips to stay safe and minimize damage

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.



POSTED OCTOBER 29, 2012 10:35 AM
Progressive how-to: Finish riding, boating & camping season on a high note

Turn the day you cover and lock up your bike, boat or RV into the foundation for another year of adventure.

Here’s how.

Update your insurance policy as needed.
Give your insurer a call, or log into your policy, to make sure you’ve got enough coverage for the off-season. Coverages like these may be even more valuable when your vehicle is in storage:

• Comprehensive/collision: Comprehensive covers fire and theft, as well as damage caused by storage roofs buckling or collapsing. We get a lot of these claims from boat and RV customers following big snow storms. This also helps protect you from the unexpected — like having a family of otters “move in” to your boat for the winter. (True story!)

• Bodily injury/property damage: If your bike, boat or RV catches fire while in storage, and the fire spreads, property damage helps cover repairs to the building or to other vehicles.

Shield your bike, boat or RV from the elements.
Thoroughly winterize your vehicle or vessel, following the manufacturer’s recommendations, so you’re ready to go in the new year. This can help prevent freeze damage and maintenance issues that your insurer likely won’t cover.

What else do you include in your end-of-season routine?



POSTED OCTOBER 22, 2012 4:00 PM
The new insurance trend: Is it for you?

Usage-based insurance—which bases discounts on your personal driving habits, instead of on how people like you drive—is already widely adopted in Europe and is on its way to becoming the new norm in the United States

So is it for you?

Read More



POSTED OCTOBER 01, 2012 12:30 PM
Update on the Kaitlynn Fisher Case

For the past week, Progressive has been in active settlement discussions with the family of Kaitlynn Fisher. Though there was considerable public interest in this case and we know many of you saw mentions of it on social media and news outlets, we also believed it was inappropriate to share further details while those discussions were ongoing. As of this morning, an agreement has been reached with the Fisher family to settle the claim. Prior to that, we were cautious with our responses, but now that the agreement has been reached, we’d like to further clarify Progressive’s role in the trial.

Ms. Fisher held a policy with Progressive that included Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage, which protects drivers in the event they’re struck by an at-fault driver who’s either uninsured or doesn’t have enough coverage.

Under Maryland law, in order to receive the benefits of an underinsured driver claim, the other driver must be at fault. Sometimes this can be proven without the need for a trial, but in Ms. Fisher’s case, there were credible conflicting eyewitness accounts as to who was at fault.

A trial was necessary so that a jury could review all of the evidence and come to a decision. In those circumstances, under Maryland law, the insurance company providing the Underinsured Motorist coverage is considered a defendant. As a defendant in this case, Progressive participated in the trial procedures on our own behalf while Nationwide represented the other driver.

On Thursday, August 9, a jury determined that the other driver was at fault in the accident involving Ms. Fisher. In accordance with that decision, Progressive worked with the Fisher family and their legal representative to resolve the claim.

This was a tragic accident and our sympathies go out to the Fisher family.



POSTED AUGUST 16, 2012 10:45 AM
Statement on the Fisher Case

I’d like to take this opportunity to explain Progressive’s role in this complex case. First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to Kaitlynn Fisher’s family.

To be very clear, Progressive did not serve as the attorney for the defendant in this case. He was defended by his insurance company, Nationwide.

There was a question as to who was at fault, and a jury decided in the Fisher family’s favor just last week. We respect the verdict and now can continue to work with the Fisher family to reach a resolution.

Chris Wolf
Claims General Manager
Progressive



POSTED AUGUST 14, 2012 2:00 PM
At Progressive, you’re always in the driver’s seat

When you choose Progressive to protect your cars, you have a say in how you want your claim handled:

Read More



POSTED JUNE 19, 2012 1:35 PM
3 things you might not know about Progressive

In the spirit of getting to know each other, here are three little tidbits that’ll help you get to know us—as more than just unicorn-loving insurance enthusiasts.

Read More



POSTED JUNE 19, 2012 1:35 PM
Insurance shopping: 3 ways it’s easier than ever before

It’s an ideal time to be an insurance shopper. New options—like starting a quote with a picture of your driver’s license and pricing multiple insurance products all at once—make finding a great policy easier than ever.

 

Mobile options are expanding.
New features like these—available at Progressive and some other companies—make mobile quoting an even more convenient option:

• Image technology: Take a photo of your driver’s license or scan your car’s VIN, and Progressive automatically enters this information into your auto quote. (Check out the video below!)
• Option to buy: Now you can buy an auto insurance policy on a mobile device, in addition to getting a quote.
• Additional products: You can quote and buy insurance for other vehicles on a mobile device now, too. Get a bike, boat or RV policy anywhere, anytime.

Choosing coverage isn’t a DIY job.
It’s also easier to customize an insurance policy. With Progressive’s Coverage CheckerSM for car insurance, for example, you see where you might need more or less coverage, control how much coverage you buy and get information to help you make the right choice for you.

Insurance quotes do dual duty.
Now, you can also price and buy two insurance products—like home and auto insurance—in a single quote. Not only does this save you time, it might also save you money; many insurers, including Progressive, offer discounts for buying certain insurance products together.

 

Image scanning feature is currently available in about 20 states. Mobile buy option is currently available in about 40 states.



POSTED MARCH 20, 2012 7:00 AM
3 tips to pay less for car insurance

Quote with a new company.
Rates vary by insurer, so you might get the same coverage for less. For example, drivers who switch to Progressive save over $475* a year on average. To see how much you could save, quote a Progressive auto policy today. 

Read More



POSTED JANUARY 10, 2012 8:00 AM
Prevent a parking lot accident this holiday season

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:

Read More



POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2011 9:30 AM
5 simple road rules to keep your teen driver safe

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.

What tips would you add?

The information in this blog may vary based on your particular state or situation.

 

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POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2011 10:00 AM

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Flying Furniture (a letter to Flo)

Remember that one time when Flo animated a customer's thank-you letter?

No? Well she did it again!

And this time, it involves a hotel, flying furniture and a car. (Everyone was OK—just not the car.)



POSTED APRIL 26, 2013 9:48 AM
RVers: Mother Nature can rain on your trip, but not ruin it

“A little rain never hurt anyone.”

Try telling that to a family whose RV roof was damaged during a nasty storm.

The right RV insurance coverage, though, can help turn things around quickly—and salvage your trip—by:

• Paying for your food, hotel and transportation costs (up to $750). 
• Covering the cost to return your RV home, if it’s unsafe to be driven or towed.
• Covering the damage to your RV and personal belongings. 

Before setting out on a spring camping trip, give us a call to review your policy and make sure you have the right amount of Comprehensive and Collision, and Emergency Expense coverage.

Then, the only thing the rain can ruin is your s’more-making.



POSTED APRIL 19, 2013 9:35 AM
Rate Suckers are real, and only Snapshot® can stop them

You might not know it (63% of those we surveyed didn’t), but you’re paying more for car insurance because of others’ bad driving habits.

They’re called Rate Suckers, and they’re everywhere:

Behind the wheel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Out to play at the strangest hours.

Slamming. On. Their. Brakes. Constantly.

Only Snapshot saves you!  It sets you apart, so you can take back the savings you deserve.



POSTED APRIL 16, 2013 7:38 PM
Settle “best driver” debates with a new app

Snapshot App

Are you the best driver around?

Do you have more skills behind the wheel than your friends?

Want to prove you’re a better driver than your significant other?

Find out how your driving stacks up with Snapshot for iPhone®.

This new app is based on Snapshot®, a Progressive program that gives you a personalized car insurance rate based on how you drive.

With the app, you can experience Snapshot in a fun game format. Earn badges—there are 32!— share your score with friends and family, and settle those long-standing debates once and for all. 



POSTED APRIL 01, 2013 3:27 PM
Superstore Shuffle: New and better than ever!

Superstore Shuffle

Superstore Shuffle® puts you in the Progressive apron, and the faster you help customers, the higher you’ll go! 

And in the latest version of Superstore Shuffle, you can pick up a shift in a new location: a Progressive Service Center.

Guide as many customers as you can through the repair process—dropping off their car, picking up a rental, grabbing coffee and getting back on the road—and you just might find yourself at the top (a.k.a., the highest scorer of the day).

Then, challenge your friends to beat your score—or try to beat it yourself!

Play on Facebook or your iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ device or Kindle™.

iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Kindle is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.



POSTED FEBRUARY 04, 2013 12:00 PM
Thank you for the thank-you’s!

The claims experience really puts your car insurance to the test.

There’s a lot we do at Progressive to try to make things easy for you—from having one representative work with you until your claim is resolved, to offering to handle all your repairs for you and arrange for your rental car.

Getting a “thank-you” always reassures us that you’re getting the service you want and deserve.

So, thank YOU, John F., for sharing your story:



POSTED JANUARY 16, 2013 12:00 PM
We’re at your service for repairs, too

You trust your insurer to take care of a claim when you have one.

At Progressive, we take care of your claimand can manage your repairs, too.

Just drop off your damaged car at a Progressive Service Center; you can even pick up a rental at the same time—saving a trip.
Go back to your normal routine; we coordinate the entire repair process and call you when you can pick up your car.
• A trusted shop performs your repairs—which are guaranteed for as long as you own or lease your car, even if you move to another state.

“I love how easy it was to take them my car, sign a couple papers and be given the keys to the rental that was right there waiting for me,” says a Service Center customer in Phoenix.

“To not have to do anything myself is worth being with Progressive.”

Right now, there are 54 Service Centers countrywide. And more are opening in other cities—starting with one in Silver Spring, Md., in February.

Learn more about Progressive’s Service Centers:



POSTED JANUARY 14, 2013 8:00 AM
Researching new cars? Here’s a must-read for you

10 hours. That’s how long (on average) people spend doing research before buying a new car, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive.

Save some time by reading our quick-reference guide to:

How does my car affect my insurance rate?

While you probably won’t choose a car solely based on how much it costs to insure, knowing this might help you make the final call.

(Tip: Use our Cost to Insure calculator, available on our mobile site and app, to compare vehicles and see which is least expensive to insure.)

how your car affects your insurance rate

 



POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2012 7:00 AM
The Box: Off the shelf and into the spotlight

The Box.

While he hasn’t gone unnoticed in his TV appearances—customers have even asked for their own box!—he hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight. Until now.

Starting this week, he’s off the shelf and bringing everyone behind-the-scenes into the world of a Superstore superstar.

By the way, did The Box’s smooth voice sound familiar? It’s Chris Parnell.

And, did you happen to catch any hidden gems? Hint: The first one is hanging above The Box’s fireplace.



POSTED DECEMBER 03, 2012 3:05 PM
Storm preparation: 4 tips to stay safe and minimize damage

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.



POSTED OCTOBER 29, 2012 10:35 AM
Progressive how-to: Finish riding, boating & camping season on a high note

Turn the day you cover and lock up your bike, boat or RV into the foundation for another year of adventure.

Here’s how.

Update your insurance policy as needed.
Give your insurer a call, or log into your policy, to make sure you’ve got enough coverage for the off-season. Coverages like these may be even more valuable when your vehicle is in storage:

• Comprehensive/collision: Comprehensive covers fire and theft, as well as damage caused by storage roofs buckling or collapsing. We get a lot of these claims from boat and RV customers following big snow storms. This also helps protect you from the unexpected — like having a family of otters “move in” to your boat for the winter. (True story!)

• Bodily injury/property damage: If your bike, boat or RV catches fire while in storage, and the fire spreads, property damage helps cover repairs to the building or to other vehicles.

Shield your bike, boat or RV from the elements.
Thoroughly winterize your vehicle or vessel, following the manufacturer’s recommendations, so you’re ready to go in the new year. This can help prevent freeze damage and maintenance issues that your insurer likely won’t cover.

What else do you include in your end-of-season routine?



POSTED OCTOBER 22, 2012 4:00 PM
The new insurance trend: Is it for you?

Usage-based insurance—which bases discounts on your personal driving habits, instead of on how people like you drive—is already widely adopted in Europe and is on its way to becoming the new norm in the United States

So is it for you?

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POSTED OCTOBER 01, 2012 12:30 PM
Update on the Kaitlynn Fisher Case

For the past week, Progressive has been in active settlement discussions with the family of Kaitlynn Fisher. Though there was considerable public interest in this case and we know many of you saw mentions of it on social media and news outlets, we also believed it was inappropriate to share further details while those discussions were ongoing. As of this morning, an agreement has been reached with the Fisher family to settle the claim. Prior to that, we were cautious with our responses, but now that the agreement has been reached, we’d like to further clarify Progressive’s role in the trial.

Ms. Fisher held a policy with Progressive that included Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage, which protects drivers in the event they’re struck by an at-fault driver who’s either uninsured or doesn’t have enough coverage.

Under Maryland law, in order to receive the benefits of an underinsured driver claim, the other driver must be at fault. Sometimes this can be proven without the need for a trial, but in Ms. Fisher’s case, there were credible conflicting eyewitness accounts as to who was at fault.

A trial was necessary so that a jury could review all of the evidence and come to a decision. In those circumstances, under Maryland law, the insurance company providing the Underinsured Motorist coverage is considered a defendant. As a defendant in this case, Progressive participated in the trial procedures on our own behalf while Nationwide represented the other driver.

On Thursday, August 9, a jury determined that the other driver was at fault in the accident involving Ms. Fisher. In accordance with that decision, Progressive worked with the Fisher family and their legal representative to resolve the claim.

This was a tragic accident and our sympathies go out to the Fisher family.



POSTED AUGUST 16, 2012 10:45 AM
Statement on the Fisher Case

I’d like to take this opportunity to explain Progressive’s role in this complex case. First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to Kaitlynn Fisher’s family.

To be very clear, Progressive did not serve as the attorney for the defendant in this case. He was defended by his insurance company, Nationwide.

There was a question as to who was at fault, and a jury decided in the Fisher family’s favor just last week. We respect the verdict and now can continue to work with the Fisher family to reach a resolution.

Chris Wolf
Claims General Manager
Progressive



POSTED AUGUST 14, 2012 2:00 PM
At Progressive, you’re always in the driver’s seat

When you choose Progressive to protect your cars, you have a say in how you want your claim handled:

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POSTED JUNE 19, 2012 1:35 PM
3 things you might not know about Progressive

In the spirit of getting to know each other, here are three little tidbits that’ll help you get to know us—as more than just unicorn-loving insurance enthusiasts.

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POSTED JUNE 19, 2012 1:35 PM
Insurance shopping: 3 ways it’s easier than ever before

It’s an ideal time to be an insurance shopper. New options—like starting a quote with a picture of your driver’s license and pricing multiple insurance products all at once—make finding a great policy easier than ever.

 

Mobile options are expanding.
New features like these—available at Progressive and some other companies—make mobile quoting an even more convenient option:

• Image technology: Take a photo of your driver’s license or scan your car’s VIN, and Progressive automatically enters this information into your auto quote. (Check out the video below!)
• Option to buy: Now you can buy an auto insurance policy on a mobile device, in addition to getting a quote.
• Additional products: You can quote and buy insurance for other vehicles on a mobile device now, too. Get a bike, boat or RV policy anywhere, anytime.

Choosing coverage isn’t a DIY job.
It’s also easier to customize an insurance policy. With Progressive’s Coverage CheckerSM for car insurance, for example, you see where you might need more or less coverage, control how much coverage you buy and get information to help you make the right choice for you.

Insurance quotes do dual duty.
Now, you can also price and buy two insurance products—like home and auto insurance—in a single quote. Not only does this save you time, it might also save you money; many insurers, including Progressive, offer discounts for buying certain insurance products together.

 

Image scanning feature is currently available in about 20 states. Mobile buy option is currently available in about 40 states.



POSTED MARCH 20, 2012 7:00 AM
3 tips to pay less for car insurance

Quote with a new company.
Rates vary by insurer, so you might get the same coverage for less. For example, drivers who switch to Progressive save over $475* a year on average. To see how much you could save, quote a Progressive auto policy today. 

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POSTED JANUARY 10, 2012 8:00 AM
Prevent a parking lot accident this holiday season

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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POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2011 9:30 AM
5 simple road rules to keep your teen driver safe

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.

What tips would you add?

The information in this blog may vary based on your particular state or situation.

 

See what you could save
on car insurance

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POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2011 10:00 AM

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