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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Protect Family From Illness

Understanding the Risks

The reason people tend to get sick on a flight is simple: the cabin pressure causes humidity at low levels, which causes dry mucus. (Mucus helps provide protection from air-borne pathogens.) However, that’s just one thing among myriad factors that could lead to sickness during a flight- not having enough sleep, stress and other small reasons can all contribute to an immune system that succumbs to an inflight infection. This is why even a small degree of preparation can go a long way. Make sure everyone gets enough sleep before the flight, and always have anti-bacterial gel handy. And when it comes to travel insurance for family groups, the only tip is – get it!

Prepare Weeks in Advance

There’s nothing more effective than prepping your body’s immune system and resistance weeks, even months, before the scheduled journey. If you carry out this preparation with the same degree of care you spend, say, choosing your travel insurance for family holidays, you’ll start from a good place. You should also adapt your diet; for example add an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, as cruciferous, fibre-rich veggies are known to work directly with our body’s immune system. It also helps if you can improve your gut flora by eating plenty of plain yoghurt. There are also things you must cut out, such as sugar (especially refined sugar, which is known to hamper the activities of leukocytes), and, of course, alcohol. And while you’re at it, at least 30 minutes of exercise a day will help in myriad ways.

Take supplements

Even if you and your family have diligently spent the weeks leading up to the flight boosting your immune systems, you will still need some help during the flight-especially a long-haul one where you spend up to 18 hours sharing a pressurised atmosphere with a bunch of strangers. Bring certain health supplements with you to take throughout the journey. For example, you can add to your daily dose of vitamin C (or sodium ascorbate) a probiotics capsule (similar to yoghurt, but in a more compact form), and a 15mg supplement of zinc. Taking 500 mg of olive leaf extract two times a day also works wonders in a travel situation as it stimulates the body’s production of leukocytes.

Saving Money on Insurance Premiums

Liability Coverage on Older Vehicles

For anyone who has older vehicles, carrying only liability insurance is one way to reduce premiums. This is especially helpful for those who have older vehicles in addition to their vehicles used for primary transportation. Removing the collision and comprehensive pay can be a good way to reduce spending, particularly if the value of the vehicle is low. It could be that the cost of insuring the vehicle is higher than the replacement value.

One main consideration with this idea is whether or not there are payments due on the car. For anyone who is still financing, the agency may not allow a drop in coverage until it is paid in full. Also, if there is no way to replace the vehicle in the event of a crash, full coverage may be needed until funds are in place to do so.

Inquire About Safe Driver Discounts

Many agencies will offer discounts to those who have a clean driving record. These discounts are typically provided to those who have no tickets or accidents on their driving record in a specified timeframe. In addition, drivers should not have made any claims for comprehensive repairs, such as broken windshields.

Ask About Discounts for Good Grades

For those with children of driving age, a good report card can prove to be beneficial with regard to insurance costs. Discounts are often provided to kids who maintain a certain grade point average. The amount of the discount will vary from agency to agency. Also, the insurance agent will likely ask for proof of grade point average from time to time, so be prepared to provide that information on a regular basis.

Info of Auto Insurance Renewal

· Annual Policy: an auto insurance policy that is valid for one year.

· Semi-annual Policy: some policies are valid for only 6-moths period. For policyholders, 6-months provide the chance to improve DMV records and reduce the premium for the next renewal date.

Auto insurance companies have the obligation to notice policyholder about renewal information. They can send it via mail or email within 45 – 30 days in advance of renewal date. Unless policyholders want to make changes to the current policy, renewal process should be quick and easy. Nonetheless, it is best for policyholders to do their due diligence and check for errors or unexpected surcharge. Before the renewal takes place, please make time to:

· Review the policy: the best time to verify discounts or make changes to coverage is on renewal date. It becomes more important when policyholders have practiced safety guidelines from the insurer as a requirement for discount eligibility. Auto insurers often reward good customers with lower premium as well. In many cases, it takes an insurance agent to see potential changes in the policy.

· Make payment: whether policyholders want to continue or cancel the policy, the best time to notify the insurer is on renewal date (or several weeks before). Some carriers do not allow for grace period on renewals, so they can cancel the policies because there is no payment confirmation. Even when policyholders want to switch to new carrier, it is important to notify the current insurer to avoid fines.

Premium Surcharge

An increase in premium rate is not uncommon. It happens for two main reasons. First, the insurance company increases the base rate. In this case, all policyholders should get premium surcharge. Even good drivers with clean records should pay more under this circumstance. Another reason is that the policyholder has higher risk than before in the previous period. Traffic tickets and bad credit score can lead to premium surcharge. Auto insurance claims for an at-fault accident almost always increase the premium as well.

Changes before Renewal

Insurers allow policyholders to make changes in the policies between renewals; this regulation applies only for auto/car insurance policy. Other vehicles such as RV, boat, and motorcycles may not have this option. Changes in policy for examples coverage omission or vehicle removal from the list can offset the premium surcharge from bad DMV records. In worst scenario where policyholders have records of involvement in accidents that cause severe injuries or deaths, the rate can go very high beyond affordability. To compensate for expensive premium, policyholders can choose to purchase only state’s minimum coverage requirements.

Core Agency Values

To begin, Values are what drives effort and effort is what produces results, good or bad. Effort in the wrong places seldom produces the right results. So there are really two things here that are important-Effort and Direction. While both are important, Effort comes first-you gotta have some before you can direct it. Today we are only talking about Effort, Direction is for another day.

An example of how values drive Effort is often and most visibly played out in sales. A lot of sales activity (Effort) often produces more sales but possibly not the right sales (Direction). Now here is the exciting part-You can really, control your effort by choosing the right Values and matching the talent of new hire to those Values. The key here is to understand that people work to satisfy their values, not yours and don’t try to put into someone something that is not already there. All that boils down to looking for and hiring people who have values that match the agency needs.

So now it is beginning to get clear. Why do we want to know your agency values? Answer; so you can hire people with values similar to those of our agency. Now what are some agency Values of importance?

1. Theoretical Values- those who value knowledge and continuous learning or intellectual growth.
2. Traditional Values- those who value the tradition inherent in social structure, rules, regulations and principals.
3. Utilitarian Values- those who value achievement, results, and rewards for their investments of time, resources and energy.
4. Individualistic Values- those who value personal recognition, freedom and control over their future and the future of others.
5. Social Values- those who act to enhance the well-being of others.
6. Aesthetic Values- those who pursue a balance in their lives, who are creative, self-expressive and have a love for beauty and nature.