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Driverless Cars - The Model T of our Generation?

The Ford Model T is recognised as the first affordable automobile that opened the door to driving for the masses in the early 20th Century. The most disruptive innovations don’t happen overnight and will lead to wider market disruptions opening new challenges in terms of laws, regulations and safety. We are currently on the cusp of another huge change to our society that will see autonomous and driverless cars become available to the masses. Driverless cars have been in the public conscience for years as a futuristic sci-fi concept seen in Knight Rider, Total Recall and The Minority Report, to name just a few. Now, wi...

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Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Dogs on Couch

As a vet in practice, I am often asked why people should bother to get their pets spayed and neutered. Why not just leave them to be natural? After all, we don’t spay or neuter humans?

There are two broad reasons and they are both worth explaining in detail.  

Population Control

The first reason for spaying and neutering is for population control. If dogs are not neutered or spayed they are likely to breed and, historically, Ireland has a serious problem with unwanted puppies and kittens. Local authority dog pounds in Ireland kill around forty dogs every week. While it is true that some dogs in the pounds may need to be...

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Windscreen Claims - Infographic

At Allianz we deal with lots of windscreen claims. Together with our partners Autoglass we looked at some interesting stats on windscreen damage. We explored the most common causes of windscreen damage in 2016 and where your car is most likely to be damaged.

The results proved to be interesting. Not surprisingly, front windscreen damage is the largest type of damage we see. Similarly, stone damage is the biggest cause of damage, 78%. Rather interestingly, we found that there was a small but still rather note worthy amount of animal related damage to windscreens with 0.3% of all reported incidents being caused by animal...

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NCT, Breakdowns, Accidents and Penalty Points

Ensuring your car is in full working order is vitally important. Defective motor vehicles have a higher risk of breaking down and being involved in accidents. We took a look at the 2015 National Car Test stats and our own Breakdown stats.

NCT Fails

2015 saw an increase in National Car Tests taking place, this seems to have occurred following the announcement in late 2014 by the Minster for Transport that driving a vehicle without a valid NCT cert would become a penalty point offence. 1.49 million cars were tested in 2015, the highest amount to date. Half of the cars tested did, however, fail the NCT according to the Road Safety ...

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36,312 Feet and Climbing!

Team Allianz have reached the summit of Everest and they’re not stopping there!

This Friday Team Allianz will undertake the 4 Peaks Challenge in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland climbing the 4 highest peaks in Connacht, Munster, Leinster and Ulster.

Our team has been fund raising and training incredibly hard over the last few weeks and their combined efforts mean they have already passed the equivalent height of the summit of Mt. Everest (29,029ft). Not only are they climbing high, they have hiked over 400km and raised an amazing €22,200 for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

4 Peaks Team

The aim of the 4 Peaks Challenge is to...

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Your Vehicle and Your Car Insurance Premium

We look at the role your vehicle has in determining your insurance premium.

The vehicle you drive is the subject of your insurance. It plays a really important part in the make up of your premium. At Allianz, our Underwriters use the Group Rating System as an important part of premium calculation as well as our Claims experience along with a number of other aspects.

What is The Group Rating System?

When calculating motor insurance a number of factors come into play. A guide that insurance companies use in order to help calculate motor insurance premiums is called the Group Rating System.

The Group Rating System helps insu...

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