WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. However, according to the Spring 2018 Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digests (available in their entirety at https://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts/), weather woes and other hazards don't fade away with Old Man Winter. Rather, the wind gusts and hail storms blow in potential troubles of their own.
Homeowners and drivers should keep an eye on the horizon for signs of approaching hail storms, as a majority of hail-related claims for both groups occur in the spring, according to the previous five years' worth of Farmers® historical claims data.
In fact, 58 percent of all comprehensive auto claims that are filed with Farmers due to hail damage occur between March and May. More than one-third (38 percent) of hail-related homeowners claims filed with Farmers occur in the same time period. Drivers should also be on the lookout for potential hazardous water situations, as 38 percent of all water- and flood-related comprehensive claims occur during the same three-month window each year.
Spring weather is among the most unpredictable Americans will experience all year, but there are certain proactive steps that can help mitigate damage in many situations. Jim Taylor, head of claims customer experience for Farmers Insurance notes, "Many of us are in the habit of spring cleaning our homes, and by adding a couple of simple home and auto maintenance practices to our to-do lists, we may help minimize potential weather hazards."
There's no action capable of fending off every challenge that blooms alongside those spring flowers, but there are practical tips to keep in mind as we head into the stormy months ahead. Drivers and homeowners should consider the following, according to Taylor:
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