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Practical stepping stones for becoming a positive thinker

If you’re someone who struggles to find the good in everything, or if you are a pessimist by nature, you might want to start practicing positive thinking. Not only will you attract some good vibes, but a little known fact is that positive thinking actually helps with stress management and can even improve your health!

 Here are our top tips on how to begin your journey: 

 Start the day with positive affirmations.

As soon as you get out of bed, tell yourself that today will be a good day, and think about all the amazing things you are going to do. Let that be your mantra; you’ll be surprised at how much your day can actually improve!

Focus on the present.

Ever heard the quote Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace”? Stay in the present moment, focus on the things that you can do or change, here and now. 

 Focus on  good things (even the little ones) 

Let’s face it, we all have some bad days. The trick is to focus on the benefits, no matter how small or unimportant they may appear. For example, when you get stuck in traffic, put on one of your favourite songs and jam out! You may not get to do so for a while, especially if you have a busy day ahead!

Turn your failures into lessons.

Remember to not be so hard on yourself; we have all failed at something. Instead of dwelling on it, turn it into a lesson — what you can do differently or how you can improve.

Find humor in bad situations.

You know how it’s easy to laugh about something that seemed serious in the moment, once the time has passed? Allow yourself to experience humour, even in tough situations; odds are it will probably make for a good story later!

Turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk.

Ever caught yourself thinking things like ‘i’m so bad at this’ or ‘i should not have tried that’? Negative self-talk can creep up even without us noticing. But it is important that when we do, we turn these to positive thoughts instead, as these internalised feelings can become how you view yourself. Instead, try thinking about how much better you will get with more practice, as an example.  

Hang out with like-minded people.

Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from people who always have something negative to say, or who always brings you down. A simple way to determine who is worth keeping is, after hanging out with someone, ask yourself: do I feel better, or worse? If the answer is consistently worse, you may want to consider eliminating that person from your life. Toxicity can be contagious. Instead, surround yourself with people with similar positive outlook.

These are simple steps that anybody in any situation can apply to their lives to increase their positive attitude. Positive thinking offers compounding returns: the more often you practice it, the greater benefits! 

What happens if your friend drives your car and gets into an accident?

Whatever the reason, you may find that someone else drives your motor vehicle from time to time. But what happens if they get into an accident? Will your insurance policy cover the damages?

This depends on several factors:

If a driver does not have a valid driving license, no insurance policy claims can be approved. But it goes a little further than that.

Under a third party cover, damage to your car resulting from an accident will not be covered if your friend was at fault. Your cover will only pay for damage caused to the other car. As for your own car, you or your friend will have to cover the repairs and replacement costs. Your costs will only be covered if the other party accepts liability.

But with a fully comprehensive cover with any authorised driver (this must be stated in your policy)  both motor vehicles may be covered even if you were not the one driving. If you’re not sure whether it is stated, you may want to go over your insurance policy first before you let someone else drive your car.

It is also worth bearing in mind that there are a lot of high-risk drivers out there (teenagers, drivers under the influence…) so you may not want to hand your keys out to just anyone, especially if you only have a third party insurance cover.

4 reasons why your Home Insurance Claim may not be approved

Simple errors made by homeowners could result in their insurance claims being rejected. To ensure that you are successful in submitting a home insurance claim, take a look at the most common mistakes that are often made:

1. Failure in maintaining the quality of your home: People are often surprised to hear this, butWear and tear damages are not covered by insurance policies; damages caused over a period of time—anything from water damages,  mould or other structural deterioration that occurs from neglect—would not be covered.

2. The home insurance claim submitted does not exceed the policy excess. It is not uncommon for some homeowners to choose a higher excess in order to pay a lower premium. However, when it comes to filing a claim, one of the main reasons that claims are rejected is that the value of the claim is below the policy excess.

3. Not being familiar with what is actually covered under your policy. An incorrect and inaccurate assumption a lot of homeowners make is believing that any and all damages are covered by their policy. It is important when taking out a home insurance policy to carefully read the terms and conditions and what is and isn’t included.

4. Underinsuring! If you underinsure, whether intentionally or not, you will not be covered to the full replacement value of the items damaged or stolen when it comes the time to file a claim.

What can I do to help ensure my claim goes through should I need it? 

The best way to ensure your claim is approved is to be honest; Don’t try to skimp out on paying your premium — this will only be detrimental to your claims process in the long run. Always ensure that your contents insurance covers all the valuables in your home, and revisit this every few years. Take care of your home. And if you are uncertain about anything in your policy, seek clarification from a professional.

Have any questions regarding your home insurance? Talk to us!

Pay us a visit at our branches (Maison Esplanade – Victoria, Pension Complex –Baie St. Anne Praslin, Green Corner –Providence)  or call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc. We’ll be more than happy to help!

Self employed? Here are some of the insurance products you may need!

If there’s anything that is of paramount importance when you are your own boss, it’s protecting your livelihood. Take a look at the business insurance covers you may not have had the foresight to purchase:

Professional indemnity insurance

The first insurance policy you want to look into is professional indemnity insurance. This if for your own good as it will help to defend you if a customer makes claims that you have done something wrong, even if it is not the case. Additionally, it will help you meet the cost of any legal action in the event of a client suing you for any actions that have resulted in losses to them (This can be anything from bad advice, a mistake or any other form of perceived negligence).

Public liability insurance

Especially crucial if you have clients coming to your premises, or your property is easily accessible to members of the public. This insurance is there in case anyone is injured, or you cause accidental damage to Third Party Property.

Office and vehicle insurance

A lot of self employed business owners make the mistake of thinking they only need liability insurance. However, you also need to consider cover for your business premise(s) and equipment as well! Not only do you need to consider policies that cover fire, flood or burglary, but if you own several commercial vehicles, you may also need to consider fleet insurance.

Unsure of which Insurance Policies are better suited for your business? Our agents are more than capable and willing to help!

Pay us a visit at our branches (Maison Esplanade – Victoria, Pension Complex –Baie St. Anne Praslin, Green Corner –Providence)  or call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc. We’ll be more than happy to assist you!

How to properly inspect your fire extinguisher

A lot of house fires are preventable if you have a fire extinguisher on hand. If you don’t have one, you may want to consider getting it. For those who do, you need to ensure that you keep it in operating conditions so it is useable when you need it.

We’ve put together some helpful tips to help make sure your fire extinguisher is in proper working order:

Ensure easy access

Make sure the extinguisher is visible and easy to retrieve at a moment’s notice.

Check the pressure

If your fire extinguisher has a pressure gauge that indicates the operating range, always check to see that the gauge’s needle indicates the appropriate pressure. If it has a test indicator, press it to make sure the pressure reading is within the correct range.

Look out for physical damage

Inspect your extinguisher for visible signs of damage such as dents or rust; this may mean it’s time to replace the extinguisher. Also check that the can, hose and nozzle look to be in working in order. Document your checks on the extinguisher’s inspection tag (if it has one) may help you keep track of its maintenance history.

Clean the extinguisher!

Check the outside of each extinguisher for dust, oil or grease, and clean it as necessary.

Most fire extinguishers are generally good for 5 to 15 years so always check the extinguisher’s label or a paper tag for the expiration or last maintenance date. If it’s 10 or more years ago, you may want to get a new fire extinguisher.

Don’t overlook its maintenance — be sure your extinguishers are ready for use, just in case!

Purchase an Insurance Policy

Sometimes, despite our best preventive measures, the worst can happen so it pays to have a contingency plan. Our Householders Policy is a comprehensive cover which provides compensation in the event of damage to your building and contents of your home due to fire and a wide range of other risks. Our Fire Policy is a basic cover for the budget-conscious which provides compensation in the event of fire, lightening and explosion.

Whatever your insurance needs, Sacos caters to them all.

Pay us a visit at our branches (Maison Esplanade – Victoria, Pension Complex –Baie St. Anne Praslin, Green Corner –Providence)  or call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc. We’ll be more than happy to assist you!

Sacos introduces extension to Personal Accident Cover Policy

We are now offering a special package on the Personal Accident add-on cover, exclusive to drivers with fully comprehensive motor insurance policies. For the very low premium of SCR200, the insured driver will receive a Personal Accident cover of up to  SCR100,000.

The Personal Accident insurance cover is designed to pay out compensation if you suffer from a serious injury or death as the result of an accident. It can protect you and your family against loss of income, and help with medical bills and other expenses.

How is this different from my existing motor policy? 

Currently, your fully comprehensive policy covers you in events of accidental explosion, burglary, theft, break-ins and accidental collision (damage sustained to your vehicle and third party vehicle). You are even insured against injury caused to others such as passengers. However, as a driver, your policy does not provide you with compensation for injury you personally sustain in a car accident.

The personal accident cover add-on however, covers YOU, as the driver, in the event of an accident.

What if I am in a car accident but I am not the driver, will I still be covered?

Unfortunately the cover is only applicable if you are the driver or any other authorised driver on your policy. It will not cover other types of accidents, such as being hit as a pedestrian. In addition, the cover will only apply to the fully comprehensive insured vehicle assigned to the policy, and no other vehicles.

Does this sound right for you?

Pay us a visit at our branches (Maison Esplanade – Victoria, Pension Complex –Baie St. Anne Praslin, Green Corner –Providence)  or call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc. We’ll be more than happy to assist you!

What is the difference between Personal Accident Cover and Health Insurance?

If you accidentally burn yourself and require a skin graft, should your A) Personal Accident Policy or B) Health Insurance cover the cost of the surgery?

If you answered B, you’re spot on!

If you answered A, we understand where the confusion comes from; but Personal Accident cover isn’t quite what it sounds like. What it covers is basically: Loss of sight, loss of limb or permanent disablement, or accidents that happen on an occupational basis.

Here are the key differences between the two:

Health vs Personal accident insurance

By now you already know that health insurance policies will cover expenses due to hospitalisation and medical procedures caused by illness or injury, even those resulting accidents.

A personal accident policy on the other hand, has a more narrow coverage. The beneficiaries of this policy can only get their benefits in the event of accidental deaths or permanent or partial disability due to an accident.

Medical coverage

When it comes to medical coverage, a health insurance policy might offer comprehensive financial coverage of any medical expenses due to all sorts of illnesses, injuries, and other medical conditions.

While a personal accident policy may also cover medical bills, it will only cover those that stem from accidental injuries.

Disability Expenses

Some accidents can be so bad that it can cause severe bodily damages, resulting in disabilities. These injuries are referred to in insurance policies as permanent total/partial disability and temporary total/partial disability.

Your health insurance policy will not provide any  coverage against any disabilities caused by accidents.

A personal accident policy provides up to a specific percentage of the insured sum as cover for disabilities caused by accidents,

Death Coverage

Not only does the sudden death of a loved one cause a heavy burden on families emotionally, but financially as well. A death coverage can be helpful with financial adversity in these sad times.

However, a health insurance policy does not provide any coverage against sudden death, as death is typically covered by life insurance.

A personal accident policy covers against accidental death and turns over 100% of the assured sum to your nominee and/or beneficiary.

We hope this article has answered any questions that you might have had, but if not, we’d love the chance to provide more information!

Get in touch by paying us a visit at our branches (Maison Esplanade – Victoria, Pension Complex –Baie St. Anne Praslin, Green Corner –Providence)  or call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc. We’ll be more than happy to help!