A Little-known Winter Hazard

December 22, 2016

A post from Katrina Luetkebuenger, a West Bend Loss Prevention Representative: There are many risks to consider with winter driving. I didn’t think about this hazard until it almost flew right through my windshield. Last week while driving down the highway, a wintery explosion of snow and ice suddenly interrupted my thoughts. Several pieces of ice broke off the roof of the semi-truck traveling in front of me, causing cinder-block and brick-sized ice missiles to fly through the air at 70 miles per hour toward my minivan! With traffic on either side of me, there was no way to avoid them. Several huge ice chunks slammed into the roof of my car, each with a very loud bang. It sounded like somebody was hitting my car with a bat and instinct caused me to crouch in my seat with each thud. I thought the roof was caving in!

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Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

June 28, 2016

Every year, as the weather gets warmer, tragedies involving children and hot vehicles appear in the news. These stories are always so devastating. The fear felt by the child and the extreme guilt by the parent or caregiver is heartbreaking. Just in the last few weeks, there have been several examples from all over the country:

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Serious Car Wreck: Do You Drive Like This?

October 20, 2015

Do you ever pass on the right while driving? Or cut across multiple lanes of traffic to get to your exit? Let’s be honest, we've all gotten frustrated and decided it would be faster to go around in the right hand lane or quickly jump into the exit lane going way too fast. Take a look at this shocking video and I guarantee you will think twice about it next time.

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Dashboard Video: Distracted Teen Drivers

April 22, 2015

The New York Times featured a video compilation of distracted teen drivers recently. It’s terrifying. Unfortunately, teenagers are not the only ones who drive dangerously; many adults are also guilty of trying to text or send an email while driving.

As someone who is often running or biking on the shoulders of streets like these, I was especially nervous after watching this video. Luckily, there were no pedestrians or cyclists

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Look Before You Lock!

July 24, 2014

Every summer there are stories from all over the country of young children dying from vehicular hyperthermia after being unintentionally left in cars on warm days. Two tragic stories – one from Texas and the other from Georgia – have been making national news. Both instances highlight how dangerous vehicular hyperthermia can be and why it’s so important to

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Two Kids Dead Because of Extreme Heat and Neglect

July 17, 2013

The National Weather Service has recently issued severe weather warnings for much of the United States due to excessive heat and humidity. High temperatures and extreme humidity will push the heat index to well over 100 degrees throughout most of the country.

Unfortunately, these extremely hot conditions have already caused fatalities. A mother in Maryland has been arraigned after leaving her two kids - aged 20 months and 3 months - in a sweltering car for seven

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In Your Car: Avoiding Unknown Dangers

April 05, 2013
This guest post was written by Dan Riedel, an Account Executive from Woller-Anger Insurance and an independent insurance agent for West Bend. Dan has over 20 years of experience working with child care providers, youth programs and schools. Dan regularly presents and prepares child safety materials, and is an active member of the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association (WCCAA).

Did you know many automobile injuries are actually caused by objects from within your car? During the past year, we had a customer slam on their brakes to avoid a collision, only to have a piece of equipment from the back seat catapult to the front and smash their car’s console and navigation system. Fortunately, our customer was not injured.

Having been in an accident where I was hit by a semi many

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Is This the Right Way to Adjust Side-View Mirrors?

June 18, 2012

A few weeks ago I received an email from a co-worker that included a link to a short how-to video. This particular video demonstrated a way to adjust a vehicle's side- and rear-view mirrors so that the blind spot is reduced as much as possible.

If reducing your blind spot is a big concern of yours, you might find the video helpful, but if you're like me, you might have some concerns about the recommendation. Take a

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The Luckiest Driver You've Ever Seen

April 16, 2012

Exactly one month ago we shared a video of the most shocking car crash you'll ever see. In that short amount of time it has become one of the most viewed posts ever on Culture of Safety.

If the carnage displayed in that 30 second clip showed us anything, it was just how devastating things can be in a worst case scenario. The setting for this new clip is similar in almost every way; the only difference is

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Cameras Required in all New Vehicles?

February 28, 2012

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) has plans to announce a significant new piece of legislation which would require automobile manufacturers to install rear-facing cameras in all new passenger vehicles. According to The New York Times, the goal is to have this requirement in place by 2014.

I can speak from experience that rearview cameras are incredibly helpful for preventing minor parking lot fender benders. And, believe me, you'll never want to

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