Travel tips when heading abroad

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There isn’t anything more satisfying than marking up some days off on the work calendar for a well deserved holiday.  You’ve booked the flights and accommodation, you have the time off work, and you have bought Travel Insurance.

For those travelling internationally and with children, here are some handy tips:

Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier. Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions.

Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.

Download apps before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave.

Bring a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it.

Check the voltage of your electronics. There is  nothing worse than having an adapter and still not being able to use a blow-dryer or a straightener because the voltage isn’t high enough for that country.

Bring snacks especially for small children. Traveling abroad is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Bring small snacks that will tide you over until you find that perfect restaurant or food cart.

Sunscreen is a must if you’ll be spending time outdoors – no matter what season. Use one with both UVA and UVB protection that’s at least SPF 15. (Sunscreen with SPF 30 is even better, especially for babies who have fair skin.) Apply small amounts to the face and back of hands in babies younger than 6 months.

Get removable shade screens for the car’s side windows to shield your baby’s eyes from the sun and keep them from getting too hot.

Make sure that you have your travel insurance contact telephone number and policy number in a wallet/purse contact no to hand so you can call them in the event of an emergency!

Bon Voyage!

 

Happy Valentines Day

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Mark and Rachel love Valentine’s Day. But, like many couples around the country, when it comes to making Valentine’s plans, agreeing on how to spend the day sometimes causes friction…Mark is keen to be wined and dined – he’s thinking dinner, rosé wine, flowers, heart shaped chocolates, followed by a romantic film (who doesn’t love the Notebook – Ryan Gosling does a sterling acting job). Rachel on the other hand, would prefer to stay in and avoid the Valentine’s fuss and just spend time with Mark.

That’s just Mark and Rachel. How are you planning to spend Valentine’s Day this year?

Are you, like Mark a romantic at heart? Maybe you prefer to avoid Valentine’s Day completely and the the pressure of having to treat your loved ones with over the top displays of affection that come with it – like Rachel? Or just maybe there’s a middle ground and Mark and Rachel can compromise by staying in and watching the Notebook? (Mark can smuggle the heart shaped choccies and pink wine in easily enough!)

We want to hear what your plans are. What has been your best Valentine’s Day date yet? Your advice might even inspire Mark and Rachel!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all at AXA. Enjoy the day!

 

Whatever your plans this Valentine’s Day, don’t be afraid to take the risk on love, unlike this love struck pair :

Weather tips for storm warning

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Met Eireann has issued a red weather alert for the southern half of the Country with near hurricane winds forecast along with heavy rain. There have been power outages for the areas effected with over 100,000 homes without power.

AXA offers these tips if driving in high winds:

  • Expect sudden gusts at anytime but particularly on open roads or when driving alongside a high sided vehicle.
  • Avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary and listen to local radio stations for an update on local driving conditions in your area
  • Remember to drive slowly and keep both hands on the steering wheel to avoid being blown off course in high winds
  • If you have to make a journey , ensure your phone is charged, you have warm waterproof clothing, water and food in case you ended up stranded! Watch out for sudden fallen debris and drive with dipped headlights at all times.

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer damage to your home you can avail of the AXA Home Repair Service. We can organise for an AXA Builder to call to your home to assess the damage and complete the repairs, ensuring your home is back to normal as quickly as possible. Just call us on our dedicated Claims Line 1890 24 7 365.

 

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AXA issues tips ahead of severe weather warning!

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Met Eireann has issued a severe ‘Red’ weather warning for coastal flooding and storm force winds for coastal counties of Connacht and West Ulster this evening. AXA would like to make all customers aware that we are available to provide assistance 24/7  by calling 1890 24 7 365.

 

 In order to minimise any damage to property owners and motorists, AXA advises the following:

  • If driving in high winds, use extra caution near trailers, vans or vehicles carrying lightweight cargo.
  • Slow down and use dipped headlights, roads usually prove more slippery than they would seem.
  • Check for and replace loose roof tiles before they cause damage and injure someone
  • Keep gutters, drains and gratings free of leaves and other debris
  • Make sure you know how to switch off your gas, electricity and water if your house is flooded.
  • Move as many personal items and furniture upstairs if you live in a two-storey building.

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer damage to your home you can avail of the AXA Home Repair Service. We can organise for an AXA Builder to call to your home to assess the damage and complete the repairs, ensuring your home is back to normal as quickly as possible. Just call us on our dedicated Claims Line 1890 24 7 365.

 

 

Helping a biker in need!

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An Australian Tourist and biker,Rohan Felmingham who was riding a motorcycle around the world had some bad luck as his Yamaha Tenere was stolen just hours after arriving in Dublin.

He had just completed a Bike ride across Russia and Europe when he arrived in Dublin.

On hearing this  news, Our policyholder, a fellow biker has loaned Rohan a bike for  a month so that Rohan can attempt to raise funds to purchase a new bike for the purpose of continuing on his round the world trip. AXA have helped in a small way by providing free cover for him on a spare bike loaned by one of our policyholders.

A fundraising event was held in Skerries on the 1st of December where €2000 was raised. Hopefully this will help Rohan in his fundraising efforts to purchase a new bike to complete his trip.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Halloween safely tonight

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Halloween is here and for children, tonight is all about having fun. Dress up in their outfits and collect a month’s worth of sweets in one night and endure a sugar crash for their parents.

However, it is important to remember that 157 people have lost their lives on Irish roads this year, 15 more than the same period last year. The most likely times of the day where fatalities occur is at dusk and late at night, the changing of the clocks in October highlights this.

AXA Insurance has some simple tips to help parents, children and motorists enjoy this Halloween night:

Tips for Motorists

  • Watch carefully for trick-or-treaters walking on roads and footpaths – remember that a lot of children will be dressed in dark-coloured costumes that aren’t reflective, making it more difficult to see them.
  • Be aware that some children will be wearing masks that may obscure their sight and hearing, and their ability to see a car on the road.
  • Be particularly careful going into and out of driveways. Slow down.
  • Be patient. Give children lots of time to cross the street. Their costumes may impair their ability to see and hear you, and to get out of your way quickly.
  • Don’t overestimate a child’s judgement. Kids may forget to “stop, look, and listen,” so don’t assume that they will and they often have a difficult time judging distance and speed.
  • Please ensure that you keep a distance between you and the car in front.

Guidelines for Parents and Children

-          Stay out of the street. Always walk on the footpath. If there are no footpaths, walk facing oncoming traffic.
-          Make sure you – and any children you’re with – can be easily seen. Carry a flashlight. If possible, wear costumes that are light-coloured. Darker-coloured costumes and bags should be decorated with hi-visibility tape.
-          Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and hear properly. Consider using face paint instead of masks, or if your child does wear a mask,  it should be well fitting with eye- and ear- holes that don’t obscure their sight and hearing.

Brought to you by AXA Car Insurance Ireland - Supporting Road Safety in Ireland

AXA supporting National Slow Down Day

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The Gardai are urging motorists to slow down this October Bank Holiday weekend. A National “Slow Down” day will take place from 7am Today to 7am on Saturday 26th October .  The reasons are to raise awareness of the dangers of  speeding, reduce the number of speed related accidents, and save lives and reduce injuries on our roads throughout the October Bank Holiday period.

-         Nearly 140,000 fixed charged notices were issued for speeding January –September this year.

-         14% of detections were for speeds in excess of 30km/h above the limit.

-         Offending motorists most likely to be detected travelling at higher speeds in higher speed limit zones.

-         Excessive or inappropriate speed remains a significant contributory factor in road traffic collisions.

-         A series of targeted, high visibility checkpoints in place in each Garda Division from October 21st to November 3rd

From October 21st to November 3rd, An Garda Síochána will be intensively targeting drivers and riders who speed.
For the past seven years, there has been a year on year decrease in the number of road fatalities in Ireland. However, as of the 23rd October 2013, there have been 13 more fatalities on our roads than at this time last year. This brings to 153, the number of people killed in road traffic collisions to date. 161 people lost their lives on Irish roads in 2012.

 AXA Supporting Road Safety in Ireland

AXA supporting Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal
AXA Insurance is proud to support Team Hope’s Shoebox Appeal, with 42 branches throughout the country shoeboxes can be dropped in to any branch before November 11th.

Team Hope is Ireland’s leading Christian development charity working with needy children in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Africa. The charity works in co-operation with the people of Ireland, and with overseas partners to make the Christmas Shoe box Appeal happen.

Team Hope is aiming to deliver 195,000 shoeboxes from the island of Ireland into the hands of needy children in Africa, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, whose families typically live on less than €1 per day. For many, it is the only Christmas present they will receive.

Since the beginning Team Hope have delivered almost 2.8 million shoeboxes with goodies packed individually by you. Every year thousands of volunteers, students, parents, and community leaders rally together across all of Ireland to selflessly pack shoe boxes that we then deliver to children in real need.

 

 

Top security tips for your home

An Garda Siochana Crime Prevention Exhibition
AXA Insurance are proud to sponsor the upcoming An Garda Siochana Crime Prevention Exhibition.

Date:               Saturday, 12th October

Time:              11:00 – 17:00

Location:     The Arklow Bay Hotel

The exhibition will cover home security issues such as alarms, CCtv, secure doors, home oil security, fire safety, property and antique marking and photography.

Sergeant John Gill is the Crime Prevention Officer for County Wicklow and is based at Bray Garda Station. Here are his  top 10 tips  to protect your home:

1. A burglar will always go for a house that looks easy to break into, so if your home looks difficult to enter the chances are that he will move on.

2. Don’t leave spare keys outside. The criminal will be aware of the usual hiding places under the flowerpot or doormat or on a string inside the letter box.

3. Make sure your back door is secure. Criminals usually prefer to get in at the back as they are less likely to be seen. Patio doors should be fitted with mortise bolts and sliding patio doors should be fitted with an anti-lift device. The back gate should be fitted with a good quality padlock. Don’t leave the back door open if you are upstairs as burglaries can occur while the householder is in the house.

4. Fit key operated locks on all accessible windows big and small and lock them when you go out. The gap required for a burglar to break in is just a little bit bigger than a human head.

5. Keep all ladders locked in the shed or chain them to something solid. Wheelie bins are often the perfect height to stand on to reach a window so chain them to a wall or fence away from the house.

6. Fit a sturdy visible second lock on your front door, as a door fitted with only one lock might not be able to withstand a criminal attack. It is recommended that you fit a five or seven lever mortise deadlock sunk into the frame of the door.

7. Fit a spy hole in the front door as burglars will sometimes knock to see if anyone is in. They will not know if the house is empty or if you have decided not to open the door. Fit a door chain to the front door.

8. Use blinds or nets on windows to discourage prying eyes and close your curtains at night.

9. Join your local Neighbour Watch or Community Alert scheme and attach the sticker to the front window. This is a deterrent as burglars will be aware that someone maybe watching them.

10. If budgets permit you should consider installing an intruder alarm system.

 

Make sure your home insurance gives you the cover you need against weather-related damage – check out AXA’s cover here.

Brought to you by AXA Home Insurance Ireland

Competition Time

AXA 12 for 11
To launch our new new 12 months Car Insurance For The Price Of 11 offer, we’re running the following competition to help you win a One4All €100 voucher. Entering is easy! All you have to do is Like Our Page & Share on your Facebook wall. T&C’s apply

Competition terms and conditions:

  • The promotion is open to residents of the Republic of Ireland, excluding employees and their immediate families of AXA Insurance, their agencies or anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.
  • The prize is a €100 One4All Voucher and no cash alternative is available.
  • All competition entrants must be 17 years old or over.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.
  • The promotion begins on 2nd October 2013 and closes at 23:59pm on 31st October 2013.
  • To enter you must be following AXA Insurance on Facebook by 23.59pm on 31st October 2013.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • The competition winner will be randomly selected on 12th November 2013 by AXA Insurance from all the valid entries and announced on the AXA Facebook page.
  • If we’re not able to contact the prize winner within 3 days, the prize will be forfeited and a new winner selected from the valid entries.
  • We reserve the right to provide an alternative prize of equal or greater value in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
  • The promoter’s decision is final and we will not enter into any correspondence.
  • By entering the Facebook competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted these T&Cs.
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