Co-author: Ellie McLachlan
You’re in luck – Canstar has rounded up some of the car insurance providers we rate who provide complimentary weather alerts to their customers courtesy of their policy.
What are weather alerts?
A weather alert is usually sent out to notify subscribers via text message, email or an app prior to impending large weather events like storms, hail and cyclones. It can be a useful tool for people who live in storm or flood-prone areas because it aims to give them time to prepare their car or property for severe weather.
You can sign up for weather alerts from a number of sites including the Bureau of Meteorology, Weatherzone or the Early Warning Network. However, some insurers provide complimentary weather alerts for all customers who take out a car insurance policy.
A Severe #QldStorm Warning has been issued for damaging wind gusts over the northwest of the state. Monitor the radar at: https://t.co/de4xYr0ze5, and latest warnings: https://t.co/ZGbmnVf3Dy pic.twitter.com/dXRZLAXg6C
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) December 12, 2017
Which car insurance providers have weather alerts?
Here are some of the insurers in Australia that have mobile apps or alerts to warn you of bad weather conditions:
- AAMI Access App – Available to download on iOS and Android
- Bendigo Bank Flood Notification – You should receive a text notifying you of flood conditions
- Budget Direct Smart Alert App – Available to download on iOS and Android
- NRMA Weather Alert Facebook – Follow them @myNRMA
- RAA, RAC, RACQ, RACT Weather Warning Text – You should receive a text notifying you of weather conditions
The table below displays a snapshot of car insurance providers rated by Canstar that provide weather alerts to their customers. Please note the results are sorted by Star Rating for males aged 30 to 39 living in NSW with no extra driver under the age of 25, so some products may not be available to you.
How do I sign up for weather alerts?
To sign up for weather alerts, check if your insurance provider offers the service (either by text, app or social media) and follow instructions to sign up. You may need to download the appropriate app, provide your phone number for texts or follow their social media channel to receive alerts.
If you live in a flood-prone area or are worried about the threat of storm damage to your vehicle, it might be worth reading the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) on your car insurance policy or checking with your insurance provider before signing up to check they do indeed provide weather alerts.
- Some other ways of getting weather alerts include checking for weather, road and flood updates on Twitter and Facebook. Try:
⚠️ SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Heavy rain & flooding in Victoria and southeastern New South Wales. Video current at 1 pm AEDT Sat. 2 Dec. Latest warnings at https://t.co/OcsMEE7ALq. #VicFloods #MelbourneStorm @ABCemergency @VicSESnews @VicEmergency @VictoriaPolice @NSWSES @NSWPolice pic.twitter.com/KBU6hx06Pv
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) December 2, 2017
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