Progressive Insurance customers can now sign up to receive free automatic text message alerts about upcoming bad weather.
The service is made possible through a recent agreement between the insurance company and Weather Central, a global provider of enterprise weather solutions and forecasting.
Customers can enroll in the service on the Progressive website to receive automatic text message alerts up to 30 minutes before hailstorms, high winds or other severe weather hits their neighborhoods. The service also delivers National Weather Service watches and warnings.
Other mobile services offered by Progressive include a mobile app that lets car shoppers learn how much it would cost to insure a vehicle model by taking a picture of the Vehicle Identification Number, as well as a mobile website where customers can get updates on their mileage discounts, buy car insurance on the spot, and make payments and policy changes.