Winter is finally coming and it looks like winter is not only passing buy but getting comfortable. Today up to 30cm of snow are expected and will cause a lot of trouble and disruption on roads, airports and the railway. One man’s joy is another man’s sorrow.
Snow in the North is not extraordinary but when the Midlands as well as London are to be covered deep in snow, something exceptional is going on. The enchanted landscape seems to be taken out of a fairytale. A peaceful silence blankets over the villages and towns and even the cities are quieter than usual. Many Schools are closed for the day, trains run less frequent and on a special schedule and the roads? Well, the roads. The look totally enchanted in the less populated areas, in the city not as peaceful as wished for. You better watch out and leave the car where it I, stay home by the fireplace and enjoy the precious gift of the enchanted town.
Winter tires are not compulsory but at times like this a very smart investment. At least for those who travel a lot by car. Due to the tires the vehicle has a better grip on the road and reduces non-slip acceleration. If you do not have the intention to spend money on an item which is rarely used, all-season-tires are the solution. But be aware, driving on all-season-tires in heavy snowfall is not as safe as winter tires but a lot safer than summer tires.
Here are a few things to bear in mind to be prepared and to move safely around, either by car or on foot.
- Hand brush to free car from snow
- Keep more distance than usual
- Drive slower
- Jumper cable
When you start driving, accelerate slowly and in second gear. You avoid spinning wheels and an outbreak of the car. It will be much easier to control. While driving, drive slower than usual and keep the distance to the next car longer. Also try to avoid heavy steering or stuttering breaking. On a slippery ground slight steering movements are sufficient. If you have to break, break smoothly and steadily. If you have to do an emergency break, the ABS-System will assist you. Always keep calm and be concentrated. By doing so, you will be able to enjoy the bright side of winter.
Sources: rp-online.de, guardian.uk.co