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Leaving us cold

The words on everyone’s lips this week were ‘travel chaos’.

We visited this subject last week as the snow started, but such has been the disruption since then that we couldn’t resist putting the spotlight on the Big Freeze once again, armed of course with the power of hindsight.

Gridlock, tailbacks and delays affected most of the UK road network on Wednesday, with a number of accidents reported, including jack-knifed lorries and incidences where motorists had to wait long durations, or even sleep, in their cars overnight.

Even as we write this we can hear some imbecile revving excessively in the snow outside trying to get out of a parking space and making an almighty noise.

During one of the heaviest snow days this week, when most cars were crawling around at between 10-30mph, and the snow plunged everything into quietness, we could still hear the occasional boy-racer – to whom all the normal common sense practicalities of winter driving obviously didn’t apply – zoom through town.

Accidents beyond our control are always going to happen on ice or snow, but it is this kind of motorist who causes the unnecessary ones, making the wintry conditions even more of a misery for other sensible drivers.

To optimise your chances of avoiding disaster on the roads, see last week’s blog for essential advice on winter driving:

Following the errors made during snowy weather last year which left the entire country without enough grit for roads and pavements, the finger-pointing has begun in earnest to explain why the road transport network quite literally, froze this week.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced today that only 107,000 tons of the recommended 250,000-ton “strategic stockpile” of salt to ward off the disasters seen during 2009, had been delivered. He also said that the rest is due to arrive over the next six weeks.

What’s that old adage, fool me twice?

The uproar over this will, no doubt continue over coming weeks, hopefully with a satisfactory response for the thousands upon thousands of motorists who faced painfully long journeys or worse, couldn’t even get on the roads at all.


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