Take 5 tips

We all want to make good decisions about our insurance, but who has time for more research and reading? TDI's Take 5 is here to help. We break down the hard topics and make them easy to read or watch during a five-minute break from your busy day. We'll give you tips on shopping for insurance, understanding your policies, and protecting yourself from fraud. And you'll still have time for coffee.


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Travel Insurance

Do I need travel insurance?

You've planned your vacation for months, but you still can’t decide if you need travel insurance. Here are some questions to help you decide.

If you’re preparing to be a new parent, don’t forget to consider your changing insurance needs.

Insurance tips for new parents

Bringing a child into your life can be a joyous occasion, but it also means a new level of responsibility. If you’re preparing to be a new parent, don’t forget to consider your changing insurance needs.

Summer is the time for getting the most out of your swimming pool.

Is your swimming pool covered?

Summer is the time for getting the most out of your swimming pool. Take a minute to review your homeowners insurance to make sure your pool is fully covered.

Could usage-based insurance save you money?

Could usage-based insurance save you money?

Many auto insurers are offering usage-based policies that base your premium partly on how much or how well you drive. Here are three things to know when deciding if this type of policy is right for you.

Here’s what you need to know about identity theft insurance and how to protect yourself.

What to know about identity theft insurance

Victims of identity theft can be left with a bad credit record that can take months to correct. Here’s what you need to know about identity theft insurance and how to protect yourself.

man looking at ride-sharing app on phone

Ride sharing: 3 questions to ask

Ride-sharing services are popular and convenient, but here are three questions to ask before giving or requesting a ride.

5 ways we can help you

5 ways we can help you

Our Consumer Protection Help Line staff answered 154,000 calls from people just like you last year and helped them recover millions in claims and premium payments.

TDI Staff

How to get help with a workers’ comp claim

If you miss work due to a job-related injury or illness, you may be able to get workers’ compensation payments. There are several ways to get help with your claim.

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How do I file a homeowners insurance claim?

For most people, their home is their biggest investment. When it’s damaged, you want to make sure it’s repaired properly and quickly. Understanding the claims process will help ensure that you get the full value from your homeowners insurance policy.

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My car was totaled! Now what?

If your car is declared a total loss after an accident, you may be wondering about your options. Here are answers to three common questions.

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What you need to know about fireworks

Fireworks are a big part of many holiday celebrations, but they also can be dangerous. Here are five things to know to have fun with fireworks and stay safe.

New Year's Tips

Your annual insurance review

Hey, we know reviewing your insurance isn't the most fun way to spend an afternoon, but it beats cleaning out the garage. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Care options and costs

Your primary care doctor is the best option for managing your overall healthcare needs, including your annual exams. But what about emergencies, an after-hours fever, or a flu shot?

Renting amusement rides: 5 tips for a safe event

Renting amusement rides: 5 tips for a safe event

Rides like inflatables, rock walls, mobile mechanical rides, mechanical bulls, and trackless trains can provide your guests hours of amusement. Before renting an amusement ride, check out our five tips to help you have a safe event.

Hot cups of cocoa

Winter safety: 6 tips for your home and car

Before settling down with that hot cup of cocoa, make sure your home and car are ready for the cold weather. Here are six tips for protecting your family and property this winter.

Yes. The state of Texas requires all drivers – including motorcyclists – to prove financial responsibility for any accidents they may cause. In most cases this means buying a basic liability insurance policy.

Do motorcycles need to be insured?

Yes. The state of Texas requires all drivers – including motorcyclists – to prove financial responsibility for any accidents they may cause. In most cases this means buying a basic liability insurance policy.

Does my insurance cover that?

Does my insurance policy cover that?

Figuring out what your homeowners insurance policy covers can be tricky. We answer some of the frequently asked questions about what your homeowners insurance policy may or may not cover.

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What agents should know about continuing ed

Continuing education is required to keep your insurance license in good standing. It also keep you informed about developments in your field and helps you better serve Texas consumers.

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Health insurance: 5 things you may not know

Health insurance helps you get and pay for the care you need if you get sick or hurt. Here are five tips to make the most of your qualified health plan coverage.

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Deploying? 5 things to know about your insurance

If you’re in the military, it’s a good idea to ask your insurance agent about possible deployment issues before you buy a policy. If you’re getting ready to deploy, here are some things to keep in mind.

Flood insurance: 4 things to know

Flood insurance: 4 things to know

Homeowners policies don't cover flood damage. Here are four things to know when deciding if you need flood insurance.

5 questions to ask when buying pet insurance

5 questions to ask when buying pet insurance

Pet insurance can help cover the cost of expensive vet bills if your dog, cat, or other pet is injured or gets sick. Here’s what to ask when looking at plans.

Health Insurance Fraud

Help us fight health insurance fraud

Health insurance fraud leads to high costs for everyone. Watch our video to learn how you can help fight fraud.

Put the brakes on accident scams

Put the brakes on accident scams

If you’re involved a wreck, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from fraud and scams.

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Grill tips for your next tailgate or cookout

There’s nothing more Texan than burgers and barbecue on a summer day. Follow these tips to make sure your cookout is a safe one.

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Do you need renters insurance?

Your landlord’s insurance won’t cover your personal items, but renters insurance is usually very affordable.

How to shop smart for insurance

How to shop smart for insurance

Shopping for insurance can be a confusing maze of jargon, polices, and prices. We have a few tips to help you get the protection you need at the best price.

Home Sharing: 3 questions to ask

Home sharing: 3 questions to ask

If you rent out your house, a room in your house, or rides in your car, there’s a good chance your personal insurance policy won’t cover any damage or injuries.

What to know about deductibles

What to know about deductibles

Here are some things to know about deductibles when deciding what policy to buy.

Do you need boat insurance?

Do you need boat insurance?

If your summer plans include boating, make sure you know what’s covered and what isn’t.

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Protect yourself from contractor scams

After a big storm or other disaster, a criminal element may be drawn to the area. Fraud can range from shoddy repairs to price gouging to people who take the money and run.



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Last updated: 05/26/2017

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