Are You Insured To Drive Through A Red Weather Warning?

Sun 4th Mar 2018

Red weather warnings hit the UK this week as the ‘Beast From The East’ did its worst and brought Siberian winds and blizzards to all parts of Britain. Driving conditions were horrendous, leading to wild online rumours that many of us may not be insured to drive.

With accident incidents rising by their thousands on the slippery and treacherous roads, it had been suggested that there could have been small print in the insurance policies of thousands of UK drivers which would have invalidated any claims for damage.

It had a ‘chilling’ effect for many drivers, too worried to drive. However, one of the country’s leading insurers has spoken out to put the rumours to bed and bring some common sense to the argument.

“It’s total nonsense to say you would not be covered during a red weather warning,” said an AA spokesman. “If you were caught up in the red warning on the road, are you supposed to pull over and freeze? If you were to do something reckless, like drive at speed on treacherous roads, and that led to an accident that would be taken into account.

“However, to say that people on the road currently in the red warning should somehow pull over and not drive, is silly.”

It’s been one of the coldest winters in years for many across the United Kingdom, but the advice remains clear, whilst driving in the very worst of the conditions isn’t advisable, driving through warnings of any kind should not invalidate any cover.