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PhilipInCoventry
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571 of 579  Wed 13th Dec 2017 8:35am  
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Hi all Wave Wave I noticed this headline today, Do you hate your job? This is awful. If I had hated my job that much, I would have changed it. We spend a huge chunk of our lives working, so not to feel a sense of achievement is a health issue, both physical as well as mental. I am reminded of this subject today as I am attending my Finance Dept Christmas lunch, meeting with chums from work who I last worked with seventeen years ago. I count myself so very fortunate.
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Midland Red
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572 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 9:08am  
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Although this article refers to an incident elsewhere in the UK, it is relevant to all you youngsters Wink driving to and from work in the Coventry area - perhaps worth checking your policy to ensure you're properly covered? Oh my
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Slim
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573 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 9:52am  
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I've been driving for decades, and have never had a policy that didn't cover SDP and a fixed place of work. I didn't know there was such a thing as a policy that excluded the latter. I can understand a retiree not wanting to pay extra cash for something he/she didn't need.
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Helen F
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574 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 9:59am  
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The insurance companies are naughty in that they often don't ask specifically if people will travel to work in the car. It's bunched together with 'social and domestic' and is easy to miss. I was only aware of it because I used to be insured for travel to the odd meeting at a sister site. It wasn't easy finding an insurer that wouldn't charge the Earth for that to be added. I opted for those that offered 'light business use, not for travelling sales' and increasingly insurers offer that as standard. It's worth trying various different descriptions of your job title to get a better deal. Comprehensive insurance is often cheaper than 3rd party fire and theft because it suggests that you value your car and will look after it. Very low mileage will drive your insurance up. Using your mobile phone as a sat nav is illegal as it's the equivalent of using your phone while driving. Beware letting your details roll over at an insurer and make sure that the comparison web sites copy your details to the insurer properly. Apart from needing to change insurer to get a good deal, I recently had to redo my house insurance because after the basic questions had changed and new questions were added, my details at the insurer didn't make sense any more. There were multiple mistakes on the insurance form, that I couldn't possibly have made. One maybe but there were many wrong answers. My historical answers stayed the same but the questions changed around them. Oh my To most of you these things will be well known, but we all had to learn them from somewhere.
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Slim
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575 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 10:28am  
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On 18th Dec 2017 9:08am, Midland Red said: Although this article refers to an incident elsewhere in the UK, it is relevant to all you youngsters Wink driving to and from work in the Coventry area - perhaps worth checking your policy to ensure you're properly covered? Oh my
When I first read the article, I thought several people were involved, probably using it as a taxi for financial reward, which most probably would not be covered by the insurance.

Police seize a driver's car as they returned from work because they 'weren't insured for COMMUTING'

It starts off implying the singular, then has three references to the plural. Newspapers again. Feh!
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Slim
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576 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 10:40am  
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On 18th Dec 2017 9:59am, Helen F said: Using your mobile phone as a sat nav is illegal as it's the equivalent of using your phone while driving.
That's interesting, Helen. I was being driven round London yesterday by a lady who had her mobile in front of her on an arm stuck to the windscreen, just to the left of her. (In my opinion, it was obstructing her field of vision. Then it became unstuck from its holder, and she spent ages fiddling with it with one hand, whilst still driving, and talking to the passengers in the rear. She was clearly being distracted from her driving, and I did not feel very safe.) But she was using it in satnav mode. In 2009 the comedian Jimmy Carr was found not guilty of using his mobile phone at the wheel. He had Mr Loophole on the case, and claimed that he was only using it as a dictating machine, not as a mobile phone. I think it's called a point of law. Jimmy Carr gets off phone while driving charge
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Heathite
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577 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 11:19am  
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Regarding Mr. Carr and his 'dictation' machine - I'm pretty sure all mobile calls are recorded and kept for a period of time. If the judge wanted to he could have requested a search. It would prove one way or t'other if he was honest.
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Helen F
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578 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 12:17pm  
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It may be that they tightened the law since then. I know that I was surprised when I heard it on TV. Personally I think ordinary sat navs are distracting. I think the commands sometimes make people think that they should act immediately. Thus people turn down railway lines or pull out of junctions without looking. In the early days, our sat nav told us to do a U turn on the motorway! Oh my The current one has traffic data too and regularly asks me if I want to change my route, which would involve fiddling with the remote control. I want a setting that looks for the easiest junctions and roads and absolutely never asks me to pull out of a grass choked back road to turn right onto a busy A road. Angry
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Earlsdon Kid
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579 of 579  Mon 18th Dec 2017 5:47pm  
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The inclusion of sat-nav's in the driving test is interesting considering this capability is available on most mobile phones. Before I retired I travelled a lot on business for a university and regularly used a hands free mobile phone, however, I have always considered the control of the vehicle to be the top priority to the extent that, when a traffic situation could develop I would regularly loose track of the conversation whilst observing the road conditions. Practising the IAM advanced driving techniques definitely assisted in producing this response. The university eventually recommended that the use of mobile phones was not approved by drivers' on university travel due to research indicating that use of the mobile phone, with or without the use of hands free, had exactly the same level of distraction to driving. This was evaluated as equivalent to drinking four beers!
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