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What to Do if a Bee Flies Into Your Car While Driving

Picture this: You’re cruising down the road with the windows down when you suddenly feel a tickle on your arm. You glance down to brush it away, and that’s when you realize…yikes! It’s a bee!

It can be easy to panic in this situation, but the truth is that crashes can (and do) happen for this reason. One ERIE claims adjuster saw an accident with more than $17,000 in damage after a driver, who was allergic to bees, panicked at the unwelcome visitor and swerved into a light pole. She ended up  totaling her car and yanking down the wiring on a nearby house.

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It can happen to anyone. While driving in Los Angeles, actor Seth Rogen crashed his car when a bee flew in through his window.

And then there’s this guy in Montana who drove with thousands of bees that escaped from a cardboard box in his backseat. (That one’s on him, though… and it’s no surprise he got a careless driving citation.)

Summer’s here, and with it comes all sorts of insects that can buzz or crawl their way into your car. We’ve got a real bee in our bonnet about reducing distracted driving–so here’s how to stay safe if you’re surprised by a creepy-crawly copilot:

  • If you’re allergic, be prepared. Make sure to have allergy medication or an EpiPen handy in your car’s emergency kit.
  • Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. If you’re in heavy traffic, fight the urge to swat the insect away–you could swerve and put other drivers at risk.
  • Slow down gradually. Don’t slam on the brakes. Consider putting your four-ways (hazard lights) on to alert other drivers that you’ll be going below the speed limit.
  • If you can, pull over. Once you’ve come to a complete stop, go ahead and give your complete attention to shooing the bug out of your car.

Of course, if the idea of a bee in your car really bugs you, there’s a simple way to protect yourself: drive with the windows up.

Speaking of protection, having the right auto insurance is another way to give you peace of mind on the road. An Erie Insurance agent in your community can tell you more about the right coverage at the right price and get you a free quote.

ERIE® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

Your ERIE agent can offer you practical guidance and answer questions you may have before you buy.