Posts tagged women
Imagine the scenario – while you’re out at the office, you’ve asked the other half to fill up the car at the petrol station and, hey, while she’s there, why not give the car a jetwash?
Something not dissimilar must have transpired here, as filmed by the incredulous occupants of the car behind…
Wonder what her fella said when she got home!
I checked with our claims manager, and he reckons it’s rather unlikely that an insurance company would pay out for any damage caused by this kind of idiocy, so please don’t be tempted to try it yourself.
Well this year she’s driving in the Porsche Club Championship, in a 1978 Porsche 911 SC. The first race was Easter Monday at Donington Park, and congratulations are due to Sarah, who finished her first two races with a class win and a third in class finishes. A great achievement – and Sarah is the first woman to win in the history of the Porsche Club Championship.
Sarah has really pushed the boat out this season – as you can see, she’s had an outfit made to co-ordinate with the Flux Babes,
And has even decorated the side of her bright pink Porsche with the URL of this blog.
What’s more Sarah is convinced she can improve in races to come, saying “I am really looking forward to the rest of the season as I am still getting used to racing 30 year old technology!”
Best of luck Sarah. She’ll be at Oulton Park this weekend, and starts as class leader, so I’m sure she’d appreciate any support if you’re in the area.
The Guardian on Saturday had an interesting piece on the perils of buying your womens car insurance from a so-called “womens car insurance company”, such as Sheila’s Wheels, Diamond, Ladybird and Diva.
Despite jingly and annoying adverts promising massive savings on car insurance to members of the fairer sex, the Guardian’s research found that women might not actually save “a bunch of fivers”, by taking out insurance from the self-proclaimed specialists.
Oh no. In fact, they could end up paying a whole lot more.
When they ran a quote through a well-known insurance price comparison site the womens car insurance companies did not fare as well as expected. Sheila’s Wheels came out at £26 more than the cheapest quote (the stupidly and expensively rebranded LV=), and poor old Diva wanted a whole £94 more.
But if you’re a woman driver, there’s worse news to come, when you hear who else beat Sheila’s Wheels. Other insurance brands that came out cheaper than Sheila’s Wheels included – Halifax Car Insurance, Sainsbury’s Car Insurance and esure.
Hang on a minute! Cast your mind back to my previous post “Who owns your insurer?“
Let’s check that list again, shall we?
- Halifax Insurance – part of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS)
- Sainsbury’s Car Insurance – run by esure (part of HBOS)
- esure – part of HBOS – calm down, dear!
Now remember, all of those came out cheaper in the Guardian’s survey than “women’s specialist” Sheila’s Wheels, who are (let’s just check their website) – oh, yes “a division of esure” and part of HBOS.
So it turns out that (for the examples the Guardian checked, anyway) esure will charge you less, as a woman, than their own specialist women’s “division”.
The Sheila’s Wheels spokeswoman (Niki Bolton) accounted for this by saying that the Sheila’s Wheels policy had bonzer extra features such as:
- Handbag cover (available elsewhere, but almost certainly included in your home insurance!)
- Female Friendly garages (remember if you’ve had an accident and claim on your insurance, it’s down to the insurance company to worry about which repairs are necessary and how much work the garage has actually done. Believe it or not, most insurance companies don’t tend to deal with garages who habitually rip them off or patronise clients and will have their own network of garages who they trust. Plus climbing onto your moral high horse over patronising attitudes is a bit rich if your parent company is responsible for those Michael Winner ads.).
- A 24 hour counselling line for drivers traumatised by an experience on the road. (They don’t say if they provide a similar service for drivers traumatised by the size of their car insurance quote)
Spokesperson, Niki Bolton, is also listed here as PR manager for esure and also speaks for First Alternative. Perhaps if the Guardian had asked her to speak on behalf of esure, she might have told you that all of the above “features” are just pointless trimming and that you should get your insurance from esure instead. And presumably if you are traumatised on the road and ring esure in an emotional state you are put through to Michael Winner who simply tells you to calm down, dear. Sadly we’ll never know.
As the Guardian found, if you want womens car insurance you would do well to look beyond the big spending advertisers who tell you they can save you big money, but in reality charge you a hefty premium for a pink policy document and some flaky add-ons.
As the Derbyshire police will tell you, you need to think twice before driving down a flooded street. And if there is a news crew present, perhaps think a third time as well. This young lady didn’t and her predicament was broadcast live on Sky.
Yes you read that right. Customers and staff at a petrol station near the town of Dömitz, Germany looked on admiringly as a splendid red Ferrari F430 pulled up at the forecourt.
Then came the “drop your bratwurst” moment as a naked blonde climbed out of the passenger seat, and wearing nothing more than a pair of gold stilettos (this is Germany, remember), along with a watch, a bracelet and belly chain, not to mention some substantial tattoos, proceeded to walk into the garage and purchase 6 packets of cigarettes. (The lady behind the counter helpfully confirmed that the mystery nudist was carrying cash in her hand.)
The unclothed Teutonic maiden then calmly walked back to the waiting Ferrari climbed back in, and she and her unseen companion sped off like the proverbial Valkyrie.
But not before a young snapper named Karsten had bagged a couple of photos of the unclad passenger, and, like a true gent, he has published them on the net and had them published in the tabloid Bild. (Summary in english.)
But the question remains, why?
Bild suggested that perhaps the Ferrari’s air conditioning was broken.
Maybe she was so desperate for a post-coital cigarette that she didn’t stop to put clothes on?
I guess we’ll never know.
But I have checked, and as far as I can tell, if you have a crash whilst driving naked, you will still be covered by your car insurance, although you may be arrested for something else!
Well it’s been a while, and we did find a worse driver who was a bloke, but I knew that sooner or later the women drivers, who, remember get special women driver insurance premiums up to 35% cheaper than chaps, would return.
If you see any more like this, then please let me have them, but I want to see more blokes doing idiotic stuff in cars – they must be out there, surely!
After months of wanting a clip of a guy driving as badly as some of the women previously displaying their distinct lack of driving talent, I’ve finally got one.
This is why cars come with a handbrake – shame he was too dumb to use it…
It was all going so well, but just as I was about to post this, Gerry sent me this.
Now, just imagine you’ve had a really bad smash. For any sensible person, the priority would be, get out of the car and move to a safe distance, maybe call 999.
Not this lady…