HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced the appointment of Jude Benjamin as its Chief Business Officer for Personal Lines and Branch Network.
A professional with a charismatic and a dynamic personality and a product of St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Jude holds expertise of over two decades in Marketing including, brand building, marketing communications, business development, event management as well as broker development.
Prior to the appointment of HNBGI, Jude has held many Senior Managerial positions. At his last position, Jude served Orient Insurance Limited as the Senior Vice President for Distribution and Marketing for a span of five years, prior to which he functioned as the Assistant Vice President, Marketing of American International Group (AIG). He has led many initiatives in developing distribution initiatives as well as strategizing operations and setting up and monitoring distributions channels. In addition, Jude has served Asian Alliance Insurance as the Head of Marketing for a period of two years and Union Assurance PLC as the Manager for Broker Networking for a period of six years.
The festive season is filled with happiness and celebration. Stay safe on the road and make this season more memorable. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind.
- Don’t drink and drive – Drunk driving is a major contributory factor to road accidents and road deaths. Plan ahead alternative transportation modes to travel during the season.
- Control the speed – Watch out for the speed on the road. Do not attempt to exceed the maximum speed limit on a given route.
- Wear your seat belt – Always buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk during a crash. Make sure the passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats.
- Obey road rules –Always obey the rules of the road. Stay within the speed limits at all times.
- Carry an Emergency Kit – An emergency kit should include items that would come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road or involved in a vehicle accident.
Worried about driving in the heavy showers? Here are some useful road tips to ease your drive during the rainy season.
Know the Route: Make sure you’re aware of the proper route of your destination. Avoid suing any congested alternative routes or roads that are flooded.
Follow the Rules: Adhere to road rules and respect the fellow drivers. Following road rules reduce accidents rates during the rainy season.
Lights Matter: Make sure that your vehicle is visible to your fellow drivers and other pedestrians. Use appropriate lights to be seen during the heavy showers.
Slow Down: The roads are slippery. Slowing down will avoid many unpleasant situations on the road during thunder showers. Take extra care to slow down when rain first starts, as fresh rain will bring out the oils on the roadway and make roads more slippery.
Give Room: Make sure to give enough space to other vehicles and always main an appropriate distance between two vehicles. In case of a sudden breakdown, your vehicle wouldn’t be stuck in the middle.
Sudden Movements: Avoid sudden movements on the roads. Stick to your lane and adhere to the given speed limit.
Watch for Pedestrians: Watch out for pedestrians on the road and on pedestrian crossing lines. Pay attention to the road and leave distractions aside.
Here are some quick driving tips to keep in mind!
- Be safe on the road. Don’t let children to fight or climb around in the vehicle. Make sure children are always buckled up and the doors and shutter and closed and locked appropriately. One accidental bump or too much noise can easily distract you from concentrating on driving safely.
- Avoid cell phones and other distracting devices. Cell phones can easily distract you from the task at hand. Keep all the devices aside and focus on the road.
- Avoid driving when you’re tired or stressed out. Be aware that some medications can cause drowsiness and make operating a vehicle very dangerous. Get adequate sleep and make sure you’re physically and mentally fit enough to drive a vehicle.
- Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or an unpleasant situation.
The ‘S’ Way of Parking
Worried about parallel parking? Here are simple tips to help you out:
- Always look out for incoming and back traffic
- Make sure your foot is always on or near the brake pedal
- Ensure the parking space is at least six feet longer than the vehicle
- Flash the brake lights and put on your turn on signal lights before you park
- Reduce the speed
The ‘S’ Method
- Turn on your signal and pull up three feet away from the vehicle you want to park behind. Make sure to align your back tires with the other vehicle’s back bumper
- Put your vehicle into reverse and turn your wheels all the way to the right
- Very slowly back up until you are at a 45-degree angle, then stop
- Turn the wheels all the way to the left
- Back up very slowly until you are parallel with the curb
Road rage is referred to the sudden anger provoked within a motorist. As we all know, road rage could lead to many unpleasant memories. Here are some simple steps to stay calm during road rage.
- Control Your Rising Anger
It is important to identify the factors which lead to road rage. Some of these indicators may include angry thoughts, tension, muscle ache and headaches. Once you identify the factors which lead to road rage, it is important to look out for these factors.
- Take Time to Calm Yourself
Its important to stay calm despite the angry/vengeful thoughts. Make sure your’re in a safe location on the road. If you find it difficult to calm your thoughts on the middle of the road make sure to move your vehicle aside safely. Be mindful of any road signage, pedestrians or incoming traffic. This would help you to collect fresh thoughts.
- Use Techniques to Stay Calm
Make sure to use breathing or meditating techniques to stay calm during a tensed situation. Deep breathing is a quick and an easy breathing technique that help individuals to stay calm. Given the situation, use simple meditating techniques to stay calm.
- Listen to Calming Music
A soft or a relaxing tune will help to keep calm during a tensed situation. Avoid listening to fast-paced, aggressive music during a tensed situation.
- Counting Helps
Counting during a tensed situation could help you to remain calm. Count upwards for about a minute and change the pattern and continue for another minute. Focus on the breathing pattern while you count. This will help you to stay calm and would surely cheer up your mood.