CAR insurance is a necessary evil and the reputation of the companies offering insurance is, as a general rule, less than positive.
We all moan about premiums and the inevitable backwards and forwards when we are unfortunate enough to have to claim.
However, I have noticed a small movement in attitude from insurers and they are beginning to give back to the motorist and the communities they serve.
First up for recognition is Churchill, who have started a brilliant campaign to fund more of what I knew as lollipop men or women, who they are calling “lollipoppers”.
I remember with great fondness the two lollipop ladies I knew as a child. They always had a smile and sometimes a sweetie on the way to school and again on my way home.
Churchill have identified that pedestrian injury is the leading cause of accidental death among children in Great Britain.
Lollipoppers ensure the safety of children on their school run, but the numbers of lollipoppers have been falling year on year.
So Churchill have put their money where their mouth is.
Schools are able to be nominated to receive a new lollipopper and Churchill will recruit, train and fund each one for 2016/17.
As this week has been Walk to School Week, I am glad to see that more people are being encouraged to leave the car at home and are being supported, with funding, to have a better experience of the walk to school.
Let’s be honest, what will our children moan about to their children if they don’t have the six-mile walk, with no shoes on and having had no breakfast, to moan about, just like I do?
It’s all lies but they don’t need to know that!
I also should let you know about Admiral’s Young Driver programme. My son Logan, 13, got a gift voucher to spend an hour driving a car, under supervision and on private property at Falkirk football stadium.
His review? “It was absolutely brilliant.” I think he’s got the driving bug. That’s my lad!
He then asked if he could start karting. If he takes after me, he’ll be more Christine than Lewis Hamilton.