July 13, 2012

We all know the miserable weather we’ve all been having lately is a total pain in the arse – but did you know it can also be bad for your car? Regular readers will recall how Bankstone News reported that many motor vehicles, public houses and exotic pets were destroyed by ice cubes the size of bowling balls during a freak storm in Britain’s least interesting county Leicestershire recently. Well, it turns out this was merely the tip of a foul weather iceberg that could yet spell doom for motorists across the UK.

Alcoholics Anonymous this week suggested that the fourteen days and fourteen nights immediately consequent to 28 June – what insurers like to call a fortnight – will turn out to have seen motor insurance claims totaling £35,000, or very possibly a bit more than that – for all AA know. This will have involved, they hypothesise, no fewer than 14,000 cars being severely damaged or written off… by weather!

Dougie Simons of AA said his own people had personally dealt with 400 claims for cars damaged by hail, flooding and a mysterious “spike” sighted by AA staff at lunchtime on 28 June. Curiously the spike struck at exactly the same time the bowling-ball-ice-cubes were rampaging across Leicestershire.

In the old days a couple of minutes under the hand drier would normally sort you out, but today if weather goes anywhere near the inside of your car, it’ll only be fit for the salvage yard, Doug revealed. He went on to note that submersion in water will mess up your brakes and engine beyond repair and that if you get water up your intake your number is basically up.

So, yes, bad weather is no joke. Probably best leave the car in the garage and stay at home until summer arrives. Your employer is almost certain to be sympathetic – they probably won’t be risking it either, plus it’s the Olympics on telly soon – but it might be a good idea to make a quick call just to let them know.

Some idiot in a Peugeot

Some idiot in a Peugeot


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