Snow on the motorway

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  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Read Only Funster

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    In my experience when the weather gets really bad on the motorway they turn on the "gritting in progress" signs. If it gets even worse they send the actual gritters out and if it gets worse still they occasionally turn the grit spreader on. But, it has to be really bad for them to go that far.
     
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    The worst thing with snow in this country is whose who don't know how to drive in it, find find that if you drive at a steady rate, not to fast but not to slow, then you should be alright, it's those who panic and drive too slow who cause most problems IMHO.
     
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    Hi.
    Clearing Snow ?..... S'now fun !! If you have a 4x4 north of Sheffield....Get out there and earn some MONEY LOL
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    SNOW ON THE MOTORWAY..... HOLY COW, BETTER CLOSE THE COUNTRY DOWN FOR A FEW WEEKS. IT WILL ALL BE OK AS LONG AS IT DON'T HIT LONDON... IF IT DOES THEN THE WORLD WILL END
     
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    And don't forget the Airports I mean to say they were only given two days notice so how can they prepare in that time but what the heck lets just close them down. :whistle:
     
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    Not too far north of Sheffield. Not a sign of snow here yet :D
     
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    Having had experience of snow in France in February 2013, I'll not complain about the response by the authorities to snow in the UK. The gendermes made me park up in a supermarket car park with some lorry drivers. We were then left to our own devices for two days. The shops closed. Luckily a chinese restaurant opened up, so we spent hours on end in there. Otherwise, we'd have run out of food. I made hot drinks in the van for other drivers in the mornings, and at least I was able to stay warm. Surprisingly, many of the lorry cabs didn't have space heaters, so engines were left running through the night. Not a pleasant experience. We had to be dug out after two days, as the snow had compacted with lorries trying to move, and then frozen solid.
    The only roads that had been treated were the toll roads, and they had huge tailbacks on them. Took ages to get to Dunkirk.

    Once back in the UK, drove to Hull without seeing any holdups. Plenty of snow piled on the verges though. All roads here had been cleared.
     
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    No snow here, but it is cold (ish)
     
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    At least they can't close the schools :xlaugh:
     
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    They'll save up the missed days for January :xlaugh:
     
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    You can treat roads with rock salt all day, but it wont work unless vehicles run over it.
     
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    Also salt does not work under -7,Regards Alf
     
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    And think the more they rev the engine the more grip they will get.
    These are the clowns who make it worse for those following..... Polished snow affords no grip.
     
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    Hi Motomike.
    Some run engines,firstly to keep warm and secondly, most diesel filters nowadays are behind the engine,so the warmth prevents the diesel filter "Waxing" up. This still can happen,even with todays addatives. You really cannot beat a 6 or V8 cylinder motor for your heater to keep you warm. (Unless it was a "Gardner 180" LOL).
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    On Boxing Day morning when we set off, the main street of our modest-sized village was already gritted without so much as an overnight frost.

    By 7pm a hundred miles away when the much-predicted snow arrived, there was no sign of anyone having treated the M1 motorway between Leics and Notts, or the A50 in Derbyshire/Staffordshire. As soon as we got to the A50 roundabout east of Stoke, all change - cleared roads. M6 from Stoke North up to our exit all cleared too. There's some serious inconsistency in road treatment priorities.
     
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    On Boxing Day evening the Derbyshire Highways Department waited for about 4 inches of snow to fall on the major road outside our house, traffic to grind to a halt, people to walk home on foot from their abandoned cars, broken down lorries to be removed by the rescue services and then at one o'clock in the morning sent out the gritters to smother the abandoned cars in salt and grit.


    Pillocks!
     
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    Could that have anything to do with Xmas holidays
    Double time and a day in Lou :xsad:
     
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    Why don't they have a couple of small planes taxying up and down the runways? the jets would soon melt the snow and warm the runway to melt the snow as it falls, Simples!!!!!
    Cheers, Dave:xrofl::xrofl:
     
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    Still not as much as a flake here !
    And to be honest.. really glad !
     
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