Posts Tagged ‘drive’

Treacherous road conditions

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

There was a heavy snowfall overnight last night. The car was completely covered. I scraped 4 inches of snow off it’s roof! I had to go into work early today, and left home at 8.00am. Last Monday the sideroad that I live on was very snowy and icy, but once I got on to the main roads that had been gritted they were completely clear. But not today.

There was so much snow that the salt and grit hadn’t managed to clear it. I kept to the main roads and went very slowly and gingerly. I managed the 5 mile journey without incident by being very careful, and had nearly arrived at work when I had problems. Where I work is on a road that has quite an incline, and as I turned into the road only a few yards from my destination, I realised that the car was slipping and sliding and the back wheels were whizzing round and not gripping. It was so scary! I concentrated really hard on choosing the least icy track, and I prayed hard and slowly but surely the car climbed the slope.

My relief at reaching my goal turned to panic when I saw that there was a large van blocking the entrance to the car park. Looking up the road, I could see a car heading towards me down the road, sideways! The driver had no control over his car and it was heading straight for me! I pulled as far as I could towards the van and got half the car off the road, and fortunately the driver managed to get enough control just in time to guide his car round mine! I was so thankful.

Eventually the van driver turned up. He had parked there because he was sliding down the hill and needed a safe place to stop. He was able to back in to the car park to allow me to get in, but there was too much snow and my wheels just slipped. Fortunately there were two very kind men nearby who both pushed the car from the back which gave me enough grip to get into the car park, leave the car in a safe place and turn the engine off with great relief. What a journey! I don’t want another one like that in a hurry!

I didn’t have time to stop and take photos of the lovely snow, I was too busy trying to keep safe, so this is my own tribute to the snow, a lovely glitzy snowflake – as seen on my Flickr photostream

Snowflake ribbon

Lots of snow

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I woke up this morning to find that the world was white and it was still snowing. I drove to work very carefully and fairly slowly. Once I had left the road I live in, the main roads had been gritted, so there were no problems, even on hilly roads. I arrived in the town where I work, and going up a fairly steep incline, I met a road that hadn’t been gritted. The contrast was incredible. The first thing I saw was a car with it’s warning lights flashing, and I realised that it had slid across the road and into a wall. When I got onto the road, I understood why. It was like an ice rink. It was quite scary! I had to drive very slowly and carefully and soon I met up with the gritted part of the road, so the rest of the journey was fine. It continued to snow all day without stopping, so there was a lot of snow lying around. I was concerned about what condition the roads would be in for my 5 mile drive home. I decided that I needed to go the long way round to try and stay on gritted roads. A couple of times I had to turn round and go back as I met up with ungritted roads covered in ice. One road turned into an ice rink just as it started to go downhill and round a corner. I went very carefully and slowly, knowing that a clear main road was only a few yards away. As I started down the incline, the car slipped and slid. I gently touched the brakes and nothing happened except a grinding sound. That was really scary! Fortunately there was a kerb at the side of the road, so I gently steered the car towards the kerb where it stopped. I was very relieved! I put it into reverse and very gently backed up away from the incline until I could carefully turn round and go back the way I had come. I tried to work out a route home that I thought would be gritted. I could work out which were the main roads, but I knew that I would have to use a road that had not been gritted last time the weather was bad. Sure enough, as I reached that road, it was sparkling and glistening with ice. It goes downhill and heads towards a main road, so I went extremely slowing checking the brakes all the way to make sure they worked and to keep my speed down. Fortunately I didn’t loose control and was able to pull safely into the main road and off the ice and safely home.
The forecast is for ice overnight and treacherous driving conditions in the moring. We’re being told that it’s the worst snow we’ve had for 18 years.