The roads are laughable. It's not slippery at all on the main route or in the city, and housing estates would be if you did twice the posted speed limit. Yet everyone is driving around as though the slightest movement of the steering wheel will result in the death of millions of people.
The gimmick probably wears off quite quickly, but that's still pretty sweet, even if your school never closes! I live quite a long way fro my school, and the bus that takes me there through narrow, very hilly countryside roads is rather large (erm...either 52 or 72 seats), so it doesn't take much snow for me to be cut off from school!
Wheyyyyy already seen a couple of people bump bumpers and plenty of wheelspinning. Good times. A guy in his Porsche looked surprised as he just span the wheels and made a lot of noise trying to get out of his drive, finally gave up and headed back in.
I'm working from home at the moment anyway so no missing work for me!
*looks out window* Ooo, very impressive... Wish we had the day off on snow days back when I was in school. Makes you appreciate them more than if you have to drag your arse to school no matter the weather. Trying to bicycle through 10cm of wet slushy snow can make anyone hate the world.
Ain't that the truth. Seems people lose all ability to judge grip over the summer and then pile up in every ditch of the land once the first snowfall hits.
Or drive in the snow on normal tyres. It's not like you actually need snow chains or anything. Pull away on the lowest revs you can (2nd gear if necessary), engine brake, slow down well before you need to - you can always hit the gas again to make up the distance if you stop short, turn gently, blah blah blah. I wish I had an excuse to use my car in this weather.
This is only just starting to qualify as snow now.
Our inadequate driving test and the infrequency of our snow means that the majority of the country keck themselves when they see snow. Mix in the fact that a lot of the UK is hilly and we generally made no efforts to cope with winte weather (normal tyres all year round) and driving in snow suddenly becomes a dangerous proposition.
Been snowing almost constant since about 5pm yesterday, as well as quite a bit of snow on and off before that. We have about 5cm. Which by London standards is epic.
Buses cancelled, no college, hooray.
Im sick of how every time it snows, loads of Northerners start harping on about 'typical southern jessies blah blah blah blah' as if they are Ranulph Fiennes, I bet you lot are all snug at home with the heating on just like everyone else.
The British public can't drive in snow because they haven't spent a day on a skid pan as part of their driving lessons, plus nearly everyone drives front wheel drive cars which aren't exactly brilliant in slippery conditions as the front wheels try to cope with both turning and moving the car forward.
And why do you think England shuts down when it snizzles just a little, because we want to, lets face it, if your boss offers you the chance to have a day off, you're not going to turn it down, are you?
Because it's not something people are used to =) I am not going out, but thats because I have 3 season tires. Wheelspin in 5th gear at 1000 rpm anyone? Can't be arsed to get winter tires for 1 day of snow.
It's not bad, but people use too much brake and too much steering to make driving on the road safe.. it doesn't help either with the roundabouts...
I had my first experience of driving on proper ice a few weeks ago, and I have to say that it is fairly scary but pretty easy also. All you have to do is concentrate and modulate the throttle and brake very slowly. Every movement you make has to be slowed down to avoid the inevitable tree.
As for today, this is the most snow I've seen in quite some time. But not all that amazing. However, it was enough to close pretty much every school in the country. This, for once, is saving grace for me. I now have time to do that essay...