paul jewiss
Dec 17, 2011 6:16 PM
Well, on thursday I took Possession of my new honda s2000, absolutely fantastic car, then driving to work this morning at 7.15am, thanks to the local council not gritting the main roads, my back wheels took some ice at 35mph, two full revolutions and some airborne action later resulted in me settling in a ditch......3 and a half hours later once recovery turned up to take me away, the sad news came that its probably a 50/50 chance the car will be written off....gutted, totally gutted, so not only may i lose my s2000 my bloody t-wire square driving glasses broke at the hinge....BUT, i walked away alive, torn neck muscles and bruised knee and no one else hurt.....when will our councils sort our bloody roads out......so not only have i lost the above im also stung £750 xs for my insurance policy and i wont get a courtesy car until tuesday when they have assessed the damage.......merry xmas!
Twenty Fifty
Dec 17, 2011 7:15 PM
Crap, sorry to hear about the accident and having less than a day with the new car. Glad you're still up and about, though. Hope everything works out in the end.
James Hounslow
Dec 17, 2011 10:11 PM
Bad news Paul :0( Glad you're relatively ok though
Joe Raccagna
Dec 17, 2011 11:19 PM
Sorry to hear that mate ,after the mess up last year and earlier this year you would think they would have woken up ...
Kenny "HED" Wu
Dec 18, 2011 1:27 AM
condolences on your t-wire sir
paul jewiss
Dec 18, 2011 4:23 PM
thanks all....
Paul Court
Dec 18, 2011 10:31 PM
flppj, at least you're OK. A car is only metal and plastic......
Jules Neefjes
Dec 19, 2011 12:47 PM
Shit man, I hope it all works out. But luckily you are still ok.
Justin "Scorpion Zero" Jones
Dec 19, 2011 4:09 PM
Awful news Paul. Glad you are fine and you can always replace sunglasses and cars, but you can't replace your health or your life. My buddy has an s2000 and with such high power, low weight and rear-wheel drive, it's a nightmare on icy roads.
Dann Thombs
Dec 19, 2011 8:21 PM
Sorry to hear. I've opted to 'work from home' on all days that snow in the past few years. And I don't even have a good car. Hoping for the best on the 50/50 decision.
paul jewiss
Dec 19, 2011 10:22 PM
cheers guys, unfortuntely i dont have the option to work from home, if i did i would no doubt, tomorrow is the big day, fingers crossed....either way im buying a cheap front wheel drive run around fro the winter and keep the s2000 for srping and summer...
EJ Man
Dec 20, 2011 2:21 PM
YIKES, glad to hear you are ok Paul, the roads here are mental i have a "4x4" and its slides all over the place when its been snowing and super cold, they dont bother to grit sidestreets around me so going to visit friends at night time is like driving on an ice rink. the insurance companies should account for this and hopefully will do you right!
paul jewiss
Dec 20, 2011 6:01 PM
hey lex, yeh they didnt even treat the main roads on friday and saturday near mine....i heard in norfolk there were over 150 RTC's on saturday morning alone due to ice.....the councils should be held responsible......as for my insurance, no leaway, they are rubbing their hands.....to make it worse, my insurers dont do multi car policies so ive got to insure my little run around through another insuer AND they dont recognise my NCB ive accrued so even a little ford KA/corsa is coming out over £400 per annum with 0% NCB.....the car's only costing me £600!!!-iys insane, but id rather have a prang in a £600 bucket than a £15K s2000......as for your 4x4, you are not the first to say that, its mental!
Dec 20, 2011 6:47 PM
Sorry about your situation. Glad you're doing OK.
Lee Silver
Dec 20, 2011 10:04 PM
Sorry to hear about this Paul, its so easy to get caught out on untreated sideroads, anything "north facing" never usually gets any sun during the day, so after a frosty night they are lethal in the morning.

Hope your car is salvageable mate, try and keep positive.

Harry in Poland
Harry .
Dec 21, 2011 6:55 PM
Sorry to hear about all that Paul but very glad to hear that you'll be OK.

As for cars, have you considered getting a classic car as a winter runabout? Classic car insurance (with limited mileage and agreed value) can be very very cheap. As for the car to get, I'd suggest a Citroen 2CV (which are brilliant in the snow). Or possibly an older Land Rover!
paul jewiss
Dec 21, 2011 8:11 PM
thanks, today i bought a beast of a ford ka, front wheel drive, that will do just nicely for winter....
James Hounslow
Dec 21, 2011 9:10 PM
Winter tyres are cheaper ;0P
paul jewiss
Dec 21, 2011 9:26 PM
cool, sounds like a plan-any particular make/tread i should be looking for?
Jules Neefjes
Dec 22, 2011 12:29 AM
Personally I have very good experience with Michelin winter-tires :)
Dec 22, 2011 2:27 AM
Ice will always win against a winter tire, snow will lose.
paul jewiss
Dec 22, 2011 4:52 PM
i thought the snow would be better because snow sticks to snow creating a better braking/accelerating surface, where as ice just spins?
Bruce Wilson
Dec 22, 2011 5:32 PM
get studded tires if you can, before 4wd was on everything, used to be a ritual I remember my dad a neighbors got studded snow tires on cars for winter time
Harry in Poland
Harry .
Dec 22, 2011 7:15 PM
+1 for Michelin winter tires.
Jan 5, 2012 6:18 AM
Studded tires are illegal in a lot of places because they tear up the roads to much. Big fines.

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