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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-05 10:15
Subject: Eek!
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The first snow here in over two months greeted me this morning. A bit of a surprise it was too, since the forecast had been for clear skies (and a cold frost).
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-01-05 11:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I fail at being a Swede.

I took C and her friends off to drop them off at the back of the school, at the Leisure Centre car park, and noticed that the snow was still all there, and packed. A careful revving revealed it was really slippery, so I crawled across the car park. Nevertheless, when I came to turn to the entrance, the car just kept skidding straight on (and being an automatic, there wasn't much I could do about that).

I hit the curb with left front wheel and a loud *clonk* and crawled to a garage when I'd let the girls off, the wheel scraping against the wheel arch all the way, and took the train/bus to work. They'll give me a verdict of the damage later today.

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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-05 11:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ouch. That makes two friends damaging their cars in 48 hours. (Though at least you didn't damage anyone else's.)

If you fail at being a Swede, it's because this country fails at providing the basic environment for proper nuture of being a Swede.
  • Gritting last night: fail
  • Snow tyres/chains on cars: fail
My commiserations. You don't need this.

In my automatic, I put the 'snow' mode on, which did make life easier on King James Way. The car parked directly opposite our steep yet short drive survived as a result

The first time I ever came a cropper due to freezing conditions was on a motorbike, back when I was a teenager. I was heading home after night shift, and I knew that a particular corner was always wet, and that it would probaby be black ice. I approached that corner at a walking pace. I gently turned it. Unfortunately, my progrewss vector failed to change, and I just slid slowly, gracefully even, sideways until I reached the curb, at which point I gently toppled over, badly damaging my dignity but nothing else.

Edited at 2009-01-05 11:17 am (UTC)
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2009-01-05 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The gritters were out on the motorways and in the villages up around Ely (as I had to keep dodging them) and the roads were all fine around this part of Cambridgeshire this morning ... though the pavements were nicely covered with snow.

With the sunlight today we've had a fair bit of melt, so as the temperature drops this evening I'm expecting a fair bit of ice.

When I went to Stockholm I noticed that one lane of the motorway was coloured differently and asked about it ... I was told that it was the *no snow tyres* lane as they plough it but snow tyres would rip the tarmac to shreds, so you were not allowed to use it with snow tyres on.

I lived in the US and we had snow tyres for the snowy season ... but we don't have a snowy season in London or Cambridge, just the occasional day, and changing tyres for one day is a lot of faff, actually snow chains aren't a lot less faff but can be essential in certain conditions!
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