Something not many of you know about me is that I worked in car insurance, in the motor claims department, for six years. So when I was contacted by Chill Insurance, asking me if I wanted to help them promote their cheap car insurance and do a post about dangerous drives, of course I said yes. It’s a subject I know a lot about, both from the job and from driving a lot myself. You don’t do thousands of work miles a year for three years (in a differerent job, after the motor claims one) without seeing a few roads that are incredibly dangerous-and drivers, for that matter!
Chill have created an infographic about dangerous drives in Ireland which they’ve asked me to share with you. Sadly I’ve not yet been to Ireland but it’s on my to visit list, though based on the below I may well get a taxi rather than driving myself!
I thought I’d give you a run down of the things I think are most dangerous (and then a list of some of my favourite claims, the ones that really made me laugh because they were so strange-and no one was injured, obviously-because that’s NEVER funny)
Roads with a speed limit that looks like its been picked at random
Step foward tiny, narrow, windy country roads that are 60mph, or long straight roads with great visibility, nowhere near any houses or schools or anywhere there’d be people, that are 30mph. Okay so the slower roads are just annoying and the problem with those isn’t the speed but the idiot drivers who drive really close behind or overtake you because you’re doing 30 and they think you should be doing 60. GET OFF MY BUMPER PLEASE! The 60mph roads though-you just know someone is going to crash and be badly injured or worse because you can’t control a car at that speed. Have some sense, road planners.
Roads with no street lights
The one that really jumps out at me is the long stretch of motorway coming out of Blackpool towards Manchester (possibly the M6, my geography is terrible!) it’s a long road, cars are changing lanes to overtake and it’s pitch black, all you can see are their headlights and you can’t tell how close a car is from those in the pitch black. Don’t get me started on the car I followed for about 5 miles with no lights on at 10pm, beeping my horn and flashing my lights at him over and over. He pulled off the motorway before he realised I was telling him to put his lights on-I should’ve phoned the police really as he could have killed someone.
Drivers who don’t know what indicators are for
When other drivers either turn straight across your path with no notice that they were planning to turn, because they obviously think the funny stick next to their wheel is for decoration, OR the drivers who indicate to turn off, so you pull out of your side road because you know they’re turning in to it-and they nearly wipe you out because they had no intention of turning. FFS!
I feel like I need to stop here because this is giving me road rage as I type-someone pass me another cocktail! (I’m writing this on holiday, I won’t be driving for three more days, don’t worry!)
I did promise I’d share my favourite claims ever with you, though. There was the tractor that came around a corner and RAN OVER our customer’s roof. The customer simply opened the door and stepped out unscathed-she was driving a Volvo and they’d survive the apocolypse. Another good one was the claim for a smashed window, because she was on a country road surrounded by cows and one decided to pop its head through the window-I would have been terrified! And my final favourite, surprisingly common-electrics not working because a mouse has eaten the wires. Ooops!
What do you think is dangerous about driving? Have you ever made a claim for something that is quite funny? Want to tell me about your experience of dangerous drives?
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*This post was sponsored, which means I have been paid to write it. All opinions and examples are my own, and I’ve had full editorial control over this post.