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Author Topic: Severe winter weather, February and March 2018  (Read 4898 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2018, 07:31:35 pm »

One of the first lessons I learnt (over 50 years ago) was that wet limestone has almost zero skid resistance when wet
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2018, 08:58:33 pm »

Devon and Cornwall police have issued a Do not drive under any circumstances for the remainder of this evening. They report they’re dealing with the rescue of over 300 stranded cars.
I assume insurers will deem ignoring this advise as negligence as an attempted get out of paying up in a claim?

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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2018, 09:36:33 am »

Bristol, Bath and Wells will probably resemble ghost cities, well until midday at least ;-

From First West of England ;-

We have assessed the main routes and it's still too dangerous to run any services in the West of England due to adverse road conditions. Therefore all bus services are suspended. Next assessment will be at midday.



 
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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2018, 11:02:13 am »

There are more pedestrians than vehicles on the A30 through Chard today. My morning constitutional with Finn was mainly on the road rather than the pavements.
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« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2018, 12:37:52 pm »

First West of England have said that no bus services will operate today.

Road outside my house is like an ice rink, my upstairs window of one bedroom has a 4 inch block of ice along its length and above the ice block it a 1/4 inch thick sheet of ice where the wind blown iced rain hit the window and froze.
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« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2018, 02:26:00 pm »

Bristol, Bath and Wells will probably resemble ghost cities, well until midday at least ;-

From First West of England ;-

We have assessed the main routes and it's still too dangerous to run any services in the West of England due to adverse road conditions. Therefore all bus services are suspended. Next assessment will be at midday.
 

Well the area of Bath I live in has been anything but. No traffic at all, which is wonderful, and lots of people out and about, many with sledges and all enjoying the weather. No buses running and no trains either. The powdery snow hasn't as yet tried to become icy, and is deep enough to withstand all the pedestrian traffic. It's now snowing quite hard again.

I was due to be travelling by train today but am happy to enjoy the weather here instead.
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« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2018, 02:33:11 pm »

Interestingly I was out on the buses in Swindon before dawn this morning and with few cars about the buses had the chance to move some of the snow and slush and clear the roads.
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« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2018, 03:32:54 pm »

A lot of twitter traffic from insurers saying that isn't true. Driving in Red & Amber areas no problem as long as one drives carefully
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« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2018, 03:50:13 pm »

A lot of twitter traffic from insurers saying that isn't true. Driving in Red & Amber areas no problem as long as one drives carefully
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« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2018, 04:08:55 pm »

A lot of twitter traffic from insurers saying that isn't true. Driving in Red & Amber areas no problem as long as one drives carefully
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But if the insurer can prove negligence they can reject the claim, or reduce the payout. But if you drive safely and don't take risks you are still insured.
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« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2018, 04:10:35 pm »

But if the insurer can prove negligence they can reject the claim, or reduce the payout. But if you drive safely and don't take risks you are still insured.
Also correct.
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« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2018, 06:31:22 pm »

A lot of twitter traffic from insurers saying that isn't true. Driving in Red & Amber areas no problem as long as one drives carefully
Correct.

But if the insurer can prove negligence they can reject the claim, or reduce the payout. But if you drive safely and don't take risks you are still insured.

Surely negligence, such as might be proved in a court case brought by an aggrieved party, is exactly what your insurer is indemnifying you against. For damage to your own car alone, negligence doesn't arise.

However, if you were to be reckless, would that matter? I suspect this is one of those general principles of insurance contracts that they never write down, and most of us never get to find out about. I'm sure they only offer insurance for accidental damage, so intentional acts would be excluded. If your behaviour was so reckless that the resulting damage was foreseeable (or perhaps it would have to be more than that, i.e. predictable), then I imagine that would be grounds for exclusion. However, you should still be covered for third party claims.
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2018, 12:24:56 pm »

And Totley Tunnel between Sheffield and Manchester has had to be closed.

There is a link if you look at the Derbyshire Times with a very interesting "heritage" photo to go with the article!
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