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Category: Car Sense

Tire Chains: When You Can Use Them

If you’ve ever driven through a steep mountain pass, you may have noticed signs reading “chains or snow tires required.”These signs, often accompanied by flashing lights, are intended to warn drivers of hazardous winter weather driving conditions. When the lights are flashing, state traction laws are in effect, meaning drivers need to have the right tires or equipment to navigate the steep snow- or ice-covered...

What’s a Coverage Review (And Why Do I Need One?)

When it comes to insurance, the best policy is one that provides the right protection for you and your family — right now. That means as your life changes, your insurance coverage should, too.In an ideal world, you’d call your insurance agent every time you finished a home renovation, bought a new vehicle or got a new job. But life is busy. And with all...

What is Ethanol Free Gas and Where Do You Use It?

As you top off your car’s fuel tank at certain fueling stations, you might notice a fuel option other than regular or premium: ethanol-free gas.Since many of us drive vehicles that take regular or premium gas, we may not be familiar with this alternative or understand its purpose. So, what exactly is ethanol-free gas, and when should you use it?To better understand ethanol-free gas, it...

Fast Fix: How to Defog Your Windshield

Maintaining good visibility is one of the most important elements of safe driving. That means paying extra-close attention to your windshield by replacing worn wipers to combat rainstorms and clearing away ice and snow in the winter.But there’s one more windshield-related problem that can appear in an instant: fog. Depending on the weather conditions, it’s possible for your entire windshield to become foggy in a...

Why Did My Auto Insurance Rate Go Up?

At ERIE, we don’t take the price you pay for car insurance lightly. Like most companies today, we’re facing increased costs of doing business. And we know that you are facing rising costs too, on everything from gasoline to breakfast cereal to housing.And while a lot of factors go into what you pay – from vehicle safety ratings to your personal driving history – striking the balance...

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