The Most Expensive Ice In The World?
You may or may not have noticed but the weather hasn’t been too good this weekend and at the start of the week. White stuff has fallen from the sky with the country grinding to a halt, and now comes the fun and frolics of the insurance claims – for both insurers and the insured alike.
And the AA insuring arm have already put their oar in as a claim for consideration and as a warning to those people lucky enough to be insured by the AA that they are not going to get an easy ride. Because they have said that any driver that fails to clear snow and ice from their cars is an accident waiting to happen, with an estimated £3.5 million of damage done over the weekend.
Already the AA have received around 3,500 insurance claims with cars being written off due to snow and ice; and that’s half of the claims over the past 4 days. Maybe it’s the fault of people who are driving around in “little more than igloos” who are a serious threat to road safety.
Simon Douglas, director of AA insurance, commented: “Good visibility is important at all times and especially so when the weather is poor. Pedestrians can slip off icy pavements while other vehicles can make unpredictable movements. You need the greatest opportunity to see what’s happening around you.
“People who drive around in cars that could be mistaken for an igloo are accidents waiting to happen. Not only can they see little of their surroundings but chunks of snow and ice fly off as they drive, posing a serious risk to pedestrians and other drivers.”
Most of the claims to the AA have concerned collisions with kerbs, walls, fences and parked vehicles, but there have been other, more complicated (and more serious) claims: one driver thought what was in front of him was a smooth new road surface when it was actually a frozen village pond while another slid all the way down a street bouncing off of parked cars like a pinball in a pinball machine. (STOP SNIGGERING AT THE BACK!)
Despite lots and lots of advice about what to do and what not to do in snow and ice, people are still driving as if conditions are perfect without removing any snow or ice on their vehicles, and at speeds that aren’t conducive to safe driving.
Simon Douglas commented: “Driving on ice or packed snow demands great care. And where snow has melted, leaving a wet surface, there is a risk of black ice which can catch drivers by surprise. Most drivers in such a situation over-react, making loss of control even worse… But most parts of the UK rarely see prolonged snow so it’s not surprising that many drivers don’t cope well.”