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Old March 10th, 2011, 01:21 PM   #2121
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Old March 10th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #2123
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Old March 10th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #2124
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Entering Surrey.












Busiest part of A31 starts just around here.






















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Old March 10th, 2011, 03:55 PM   #2125
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Just a couple of miles before Guildford we are pulling off A31 to join A3 and go back home, actually I am coming back alone I used B3000 which works as a connecting road between those 2.



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Old March 10th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #2126
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First, here in the UK, I've noticed that most petrol stations don't even allow people to use a debit/credit card, regardless if the station is open or closed. I rejoice every time I get to one that lets me, as it allows me to avoid the pointless queue inside.
I've never seen a petrol station in the UK where they didn't accept credit and debit cards. The only ones that refuse them are probably small, family-owned ones in tiny villages, and there are hardly any of them left now. The big-name stations don't accept cheques, but hardly any major retail businesses take cheques anymore.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #2127
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I think Jeremy is talking about pay-at-pump, which we've had for about 17 years without it taking off in any real way - some places have it (and some only PAP, with no kiosk), most don't have it.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 06:31 PM   #2128
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Thanks for the update, Piotr. The A31 is a great drive, and I often use it as an alternative to the M3. Even with the single lane sections, it does not add much time at all to the journey.

The final section of your trip shows the Hog's Back, as the section of the A31 between Farnham and Guildford is known. On a clear day (so like the one you had) you can see right across to the far side of London if you're lucky. The skyscrapers at Canary Wharf are clearly visible from over 30 miles away.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #2129
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The quality of the pavement seems really good and like Harry said, it's probably a cheaper alternative to M3.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 12:24 AM   #2130
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I think Jeremy is talking about pay-at-pump, which we've had for about 17 years without it taking off in any real way - some places have it (and some only PAP, with no kiosk), most don't have it.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. In Switzerland, Norway and other countries, when a petrol stations closes for the night, people can still fill up their cars. They simply use the card reader at the pump, fill up, and away they go.

Could this be due to the sometimes insane "health and safety" regulations that don't allow the British people to do this unlike in other countries?

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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:22 PM   #2131
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Could this be due to the sometimes insane "health and safety" regulations that don't allow the British people to do this unlike in other countries?
Nope, a petrol station near me has been doing it since the mid-90s.

It's not really taken off here, that's all.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #2132
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That dual carriageway without a barrier in the central reservation is a bit old fashioned! I better go there before they put a barrier, just like I didn't with that motorway near Maidenhead, but I think theres a barrier there now
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #2133
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That dual carriageway without a barrier in the central reservation is a bit old fashioned! I better go there before they put a barrier, just like I didn't with that motorway near Maidenhead, but I think theres a barrier there now
In the States, that's very common, though of course the median between the two sides of the road is much wider. Even on motorways(interstates) you'll just have a big grassy area in the middle. I like when British roads have it, I think the trees and bushes in the middle add a bit of a scenic touch. I wonder if stats show these roads have a higher rate of accidents. I would think so(here in the UK) but I could be wrong.

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I think the largest chunk of car accidents happens in single carriageways, not in dual carriageways but Britain has a pretty low overall crash rate.
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I think they need one more signal head.
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In the States, that's very common, though of course the median between the two sides of the road is much wider. Even on motorways(interstates) you'll just have a big grassy area in the middle. I like when British roads have it, I think the trees and bushes in the middle add a bit of a scenic touch. I wonder if stats show these roads have a higher rate of accidents. I would think so(here in the UK) but I could be wrong.
It might actually scare people into slowing down, as they aren't common here as you know. I'm aware of the situation in the US, but it doesn't look strange there because it's normal
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Old March 15th, 2011, 08:15 PM   #2137
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I am curious about UK car insurance. In The States, it is the car that is insured, not the person driving it. So, friends and family can usually borrow each others car, as long as they have the car owner's permission and a valid licence.

It seems to be different here in the UK. I keep reading how the person borrowing the car needs to have insurance themselves, regardless if they own their own car, and also, the person borrowing the car needs to have comprehensive insurance.

I've Googled and Googled, and have been unable to find out much info about this. As I am using a company from the US that covers me in the UK(driving my UK car), anyone, as long as they're licenced, can borrow my car; so this is not much of an issue for me. Is this not the case if I had UK car insurance for my car?

If this is indeed the case, then US car insurance seems a bit more flexible and slightly more "friendly".

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Old March 15th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #2138
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In the UK its the person that is insured for a particular car.

People can borrow the car, but the insurance will only be 3rd Party insurance, thus although it can be driven, the insurance company only covers theft and fire, as far as I know, but as the car isn't insured to the driver, and you can't really prove if it was taken with authorisation or not it might be a bit troublesome and not such a good idea.

Indeed, the US insurance does sound more friendly, and would be very very handy for my family.
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