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21/01/2013 at 10:18
So many people haven't bothered to even attempt to get in to the office today because "I can't/don't drive in the snow". I'd prefer not to because of the numpties that still insist on tailgating driving on slush and ice, but it's doable. The roads are gritted and if you're sensible about speed and distance what's the issue?
I know I am bitter that other people are getting a snow day (some of them even live within walking distance!) and I'm stuck in here when I'd rather be at home watching Jeremy Kyle
21/01/2013 at 10:21
No I don't. My car is rear wheel drive and after being stuck on a hill coming back from Bluewater 2years ago I will never drive in the snow again. I'd rather walk than risk an accident. Main roads are gritted yes but side streets and cul-de-sacs like my raod aren't. They are full of snow & black ice. Luckily for me my H can drive his car in the snow and so he takes me anywhere we need to go or I walk.
21/01/2013 at 10:22
Yeah I don't mind driving in the snow. I used to live in a close and it was a nightmare getting the car off the drive am it was on a slight hill and would completely ice over. No grit etc, but once out it was fine.
21/01/2013 at 10:25
I do, but I checked what the snow was like near work this morning and was told it was bad, and because I can work from home just as easily I decided not to risk the 20 mile journey.
21/01/2013 at 10:28
Rear wheel drive is fair enough, I remember seeing one of the newer Vauxhall Astras skidding about everywhere on the snow with its RWD. It had basically blocked the road I needed to go down which was why I had to walk 2 miles there and back to get C from nursery!
21/01/2013 at 10:34
I don't mind driving in the snow.
21/01/2013 at 10:39
I don't mind it, it's fine once on the main roads and I just drive slowly on my street
21/01/2013 at 10:45
i dont mind it, but H normally insists that he take me, especially at the moment and his car has 4WD which makes it bit better!
21/01/2013 at 11:35
I do but very carefully!
My Lexus was rear wheel drive and I nearly had an accident going over a bridge so it did knock my confidence a bit.
Now I have a 4 x 4 it's ok, I'm just careful. The other idiots on the road worry me more!
21/01/2013 at 12:28
I drive in the snow, but only if I have to. I would drive to work for example as there is no other way of getting there, but I wouldn't drive to the shops, I'd walk or not bother. I just go slowly in snow and try not to stress about it.
21/01/2013 at 12:31
Yes unless it is outrageously deep.
21/01/2013 at 12:33
WraincloudS, I do drive in the snow but avoid non-essential journeys.
I don't mind doing it, i just drive more carefully. I'm more scared of the idiots on the road who think it's ok to drive like a normal mad head in the snow, and still insist on either speeding or getting right up your rear end leaving no breaking distance.
21/01/2013 at 12:37
I do, in theory, but haven't so far in the snow!
Friday a car smacked into me while I was bent down reaching inside to get something to scrape the snow off my windscreen. Steering wheel smacked into my face and so I didn't bother driving anywhere! And today I can't get the car out of the parking space (can't find any traction to get me started - need a shove!) so we had to miss swimming.
If I was going to work then i'd have arranged to get started when Mr GB was around. The roads are fine with a bit of care and the main roads round here are all clear.
21/01/2013 at 12:44
Yes I do. H puts winter tyres on his car so that he can get to work, my little corsa is fine as well, I dug it out to take S to the doctors this morning, once out of our road it is fine when you hit the main gritted roads. I think a lot of people around here just cant be bothered tbh. If you are prepared, its not difficult around here, there's no steep hills! H has to go to work- you can't phone 999 and be told the police are all at home today can you?!
21/01/2013 at 12:47
Are rear wheel drive cars better in other situations? I don't know anything about them, just wondering why they make cars that aren't good in snow?
21/01/2013 at 12:51
Generally they are bigger cars Catarina and they push rather than pull. Well that's my understanding anyway.
21/01/2013 at 13:27
Yes I drive in the snow, I'm more cautious and don't use my brakes in favour of changing down through the gears. We do have a 4x4 though so that helps.
I used to have a BMW Z4 and there was no way I'd drive that in the snow.
21/01/2013 at 14:15
I try to avoid it, it scares me. I have a little Fiesta though so not great in bad conditions. I haven't driven since Thursday and feel like I might go mad indoors but I have to drive to work tomorrow. Am hoping there will be a heatwave before then!
21/01/2013 at 14:20
Yes I drive in snow if I have to. Top tip if you can't get traction is to put your car mats in front of your wheels, and the car should go over them and get moving....works best in your drive, then you can either leave them there or if you are happy you can get moving then lift them. Not recommended for on main roads unless you don't want your mats
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