Hard hitting road safety event

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The AXA Roadsafe Roadshow in conjunction with Fingal County Council delivered a hard-hitting road safety message to over 1000 Dublin Transition Year Students at Blanchardstown last week.This event was organised with the dedication and support of An Garda Siochana, Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service.

*In 2013, 190 people lost their lives and 318 suffered serious injuries on our roads.To date there have been 186 fatalities on our roads , this is 7 more deaths than the previous year. To date in Fingal County, 5 lives have been lost on Irish roads. Cyclist fatalities have more than doubled this year with 11 lives lost versus 5 lives for 2013.

The number of under 16’s road deaths has more than doubled, 15 lives have been lost compared to 7 lives for 2013.Vulnerable road users are also at risk as there have been 39 pedestrian fatalities, compared to 31 in total for 2013

The story is told as a sequence of events unfolds, by a Garda, Paramedic and a Fire Officer . Trudy Cross speaks about losing her son Craig and how she still can’t cope with the fact he will never be coming home. She talks about the real pain she has suffered as a result of her loss and how it has affected her family.

Colm Mc Grattan, Executive Director at AXA Insurance commented:“As one of the largest insurance groups in Europe we deal with hundreds of claims every week as a result of traffic collisions. The effects are well documented – too many people are being killed on our roads or are being injured for life. Young people are particularly over-represented. They must begin to acknowledge that road accidents don’t just happen”

“AXA Insurance has a strong commitment to road safety through not only its sponsorship of the Roadsafe Roadshows, which we have backed from the beginning, but through our support of a series of hard hitting television advertisements which highlight the dangers of irresponsible driving. We hope that young people will learn from this event, think twice about the seriousness of safety when driving and realise the consequences of taking risks on the road.”
AXA Supporting Road Safety in Ireland

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 159 people have lost their lives on Irish roads this year, 2 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

Personal question worth asking!

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Mark loves to ask personal questions of Rachel. It’s his favourite past time. Like, who did she vote for in the last election? What did she have for dinner? What size shoe does she take? How many times a day does she look in the mirror? Zig or Zag? Ray D’arcy or Ray Foley? What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to her? Who was her favourite member of Westlife and why? The list goes on.

One personal question that we think is worth asking though is ‘who are you insured with?’ Here’s why!

Let’s face it, who you have your car insurance with doesn’t exactly make for scintillating dinner conversation. It doesn’t make for great breakfast conversation either. There are far more interesting things to talk about – like why Zig beats Zag, any day.

But, talking car insurance could save you money. If your partner, or someone you live with, already has an AXA policy you could save 10% on your new car insurance quote today. Basically if you share an address with a policy holder, you are eligible for an AXA bundle & save discount on all new car policies that you bring to us. But rest assured, we’re not in the business of asking personal questions, so there won’t be any awkward questions when you call for a quote!

To find out more, log on to AXA.ie and look out for our Bundle & Save offer. It paid off for Mark and Rachel and it could pay off for you too!

 

What are the most personal questions you’ve ever been asked? Feel free to share them below with us. Mark needs some new material!!

 

Celebrate Kilkenny Craft & Design Week!

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If you love Irish design, join in the celebrations and show your support as the Kilkenny Shop launches its third annual Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week, supported by AXA, which runs nationwide from October 6th to 12th! Irish design duo Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney of Lennon Courtney are also announced as campaign ambassadors for this years’ event.

AXA Insurance is delighted to partner with the Kilkenny Group as the main sponsor of The Irish Craft & Design Week 2014. AXA is the largest Motor Insurer in Ireland with 42 Branches nationwide supporting local communities and businesses. This week promises to bring the best of Irish crafts and designers to the Kilkenny Shops around the country.

To celebrate our sponsorship, AXA are giving away, two €500 Kilkenny Shop vouchers. To enter fill in your details on the leaflets in store for AXA to quote you on your car or home insurance needs.

To get involved, simply visit your local Kilkenny Shop (with 13 stores nationwide) from October 6th to 12th and celebrate Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week! For further information, times and schedules, visit kilkennyshop.com

Remember AXA Customers can now enjoy a 10% saving on the Kilkenny Shop by showing your AXA Plus Card at time of purchase, click here for more info https://www.axaplus.ie/kilkennyshop-index.htm

 

Top 10 tips to protect your home security

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*In light of the latest CSO statistics for crimes recorded for Q2 2014,Aggravated burglary offences rose by 5.5% while recorded Burglary (not aggravated) offences decreased very slightly, from 25,462 to 25,459. An Garda Siochana, supported by AXA Insurance are delighted to present a ‘Home, Car and Personal Security Exhibition’.

This event is free to all members of the public. We also have a free draw for all who attend this event with a prize worth €100.00

Date: Sunday, 28th September
Time: 12:00 – 17:00
Location: The Stillorgan Park Hotel

 

 

Sergeant James Malone is the Crime Prevention Officer for Dublin Eastern Region and is based at Blackrock 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 enter 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.
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.

*http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/DATABASE/Eirestat/Recorded%20Crime/Recorded%20Crime_statbank.asp?sp=Recorded Crime&Planguage=0

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!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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