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Why are drivers parking under bridges?

Ok so my husband came home and asked me to post this, it seems that in the bad weather drivers were parked up underneath the bridges along the motorway, on the hard shoulders.

Anyone any ideas why or is it just that they were waiting for the storm to finish? If so, isn't it a little unwise to do that on a busy motorway at rush hour?

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Old 21.06.2012, 20:35
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

I didn't think extreme dogging had reached CH
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

You're in Argau, aren't you??
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

To protect there cars from damage from the hail, i would also stop under a bridge to protect my baby: D
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You're in Argau, aren't you??
Good point but husband drives from Basel and I think it was happening before he got to Aargau!
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Old 21.06.2012, 20:39
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

Hail protection. Even with "hail insurance" they sometimes don't pay out more than once on the same car.
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Hail protection. Even with "hail insurance" they sometimes don't pay out more than once on the same car.
This is very true a few yrs ago a friend of mine had bad hail damage parked outside the insurance refused to pay for it it looked like someone had thrown golf balls at it looked a mess: Eek: he had only had it a few months : Msnsad:
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This is very true a few yrs ago a friend of mine had bad hail damage parked outside the insurance refused to pay for it it looked like someone had thrown golf balls at it looked a mess: Eek: he had only had it a few months : Msnsad:
Risking life and limb by sitting on the hard shoulder at rush hour though seems a bit bonkers to me. Although probably not much more dangerous than actually driving on these god forsaken roads.
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Although probably not much more dangerous than actually driving on these god forsaken roads.
I would beg to differ

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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

When a few little dents on your car roof becomes more important than your life - perhaps time to re-assess?
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When a few little dents on your car roof becomes more important than your life - perhaps time to re-assess?
Is that the swap? When did that happen?
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

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When a few little dents on your car roof becomes more important than your life - perhaps time to re-assess?
When your car is worth Chf 200k without dents and maybe only Chf 50 k with dents you may realise why people are protective of their cars
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Risking life and limb by sitting on the hard shoulder at rush hour though seems a bit bonkers to me. Although probably not much more dangerous than actually driving on these god forsaken roads.
His car was parked outside his house he wasn't on the hard shoulder
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

Mostly because of hailstone damage, but also might be because it's simply too dangerous to keep driving.

There were a couple of occasions back in the UK where I stopped on the hard shoulder or sheltered under a bridge because the rain was coming down so hard you just couldn't see well enough to drive.

If it's a hard shoulder choice it's a difficult one because if others are doing the same you need to find a gap to pull into without running into someone else. Then when it eases off you have the problem of trying to get up to speed on the hard shoulder before joining the traffic flow without hitting anyone who's still stationary on the shoulder. Still, I felt it was safer to pull over than to try and drive at even 30mph because there were a lot of drivers still trying to go at 70mph or more!

Under a bridge is easer because at least you're more visible to cars passing you, but I did feel sorry for the woman who'd pulled in opposite me. She had some tall potted plants on the front seat of her car and so had her sunroof open. So much water was collecting under the bridge that when traffic went by too fast water sprayed into the car via the sunroof. The poor woman must have been soaked by the time she moved off.
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When a few little dents on your car roof becomes more important than your life - perhaps time to re-assess?
Since when did stopping on the hard shoulder become life threatening?
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Old 22.06.2012, 10:50
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Since when did stopping on the hard shoulder become life threatening?
you are joking right....?
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you are joking right....?
Nope........
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Re: Why are drivers parking under bridges?

If someone drifts onto the hardshoulder your dead and so are they. A crash or even being clipped at 100-120kph leaves very few survivors.
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Old 22.06.2012, 11:32
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If someone drifts onto the hardshoulder your dead and so are they. A crash or even being clipped at 100-120kph leaves very few survivors.
That's why people should adjust their driving in bad weather...

(not that this is an excuse if an accident happens though)
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If someone drifts onto the hardshoulder your dead and so are they. A crash or even being clipped at 100-120kph leaves very few survivors.
If I am walking along a path next to a road and someone swerves onto the path I am dead. I would hazard a guess there is more people killed like this than stopping on the hard shoulder, particularly in bad weather when most people have slowed down due to the weather.

Stopping on the hard shoulder is 'dangerous' I agree but to say it is 'life threatening' is over exaggerated.
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