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My drive to work [Mar. 1st, 2006|03:17 pm]
Peter Sheil
Today was an "exciting" drive into work. After scraping 2 inches of snow off the car I checked that the "main" road up the hill looked driveable and set off. The initial drive was slow and a little slippy, but not too bad. I found one part of my route was too steep to get up in the fresh snow (I had to turn hard left up a hill and had no view so had to do it slowly). I backed up and tried a couple of times, but there was no way I was going to manage a hill start on the snow, so I turned on to my backup route and carried on.

A little further along there is a left turn up a slight hill, so I took the corner as fast as I could and drove up ... past the car coming down! There must have been a full inch clearance. This road had more snow, but didn't seem too bad and I went along carefully in second gear as meeting an on-coming car often requires a passing place. As I was taking a gentle right turn the car decided it wasn't going to turn ... the tyre tracks showed it went streaght on, into a gentle ditch on the left-hand side of the road :(

I tried going backwards and forwards alternately, but there was no way the car was coming out. After a while another car drove by and the driver firstly tried to pull me out backwards (but she was slipping too much to help), then we tried getting me out forwards and it moved a bit but not out of the ditch. Finally another car came along and the driver ended up pushing my car whilst the car pulled and I did my best with the drive wheels (front wheeel drive) and after a little jiggling the car came out. All in all it added an extra 30 minutes to my journey. Mind you most of the area around Cardiff seemed to be solid traffic, no doubt celebrating St David's day or something.

The snow seems to be melting on the roads I've seen, so hopefully the journey home should be OK. My worry is that the melted snow may freeze overnight and turn the roads into ice rinks.

Wish me luck for Thursday!
Peace
peter
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From: muguet_de_mai
2006-03-01 04:13 pm (UTC)
Be careful out there..
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[User Picture]From: bellanna
2006-03-01 04:20 pm (UTC)
Glad you are okay. Snow is so pretty so long as you don't actually have to do anything in it.
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[User Picture]From: desert_fae
2006-03-01 05:17 pm (UTC)
Just be glad you don't live here where we moved to.. NOBODY here knows how to drive in snow! It's dangerous to go out if there is even just a dusting because here they don't think they have to slow down, instead they will drive like 60mph in the snow and then try to stop and plow into you.
glad you're ok :)
When we lived in Iowa, I had a ditch that had my name on it, every year I went into it, good thing it was near work because when I did go in it I'd just get out and walk the rest of the way, and then get my car out after work lol
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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2006-03-01 10:36 pm (UTC)
It is very flat here, but they compensate by digging deeper ditches on the side of the road. I have felt the ice on a nasty pair of bends twice this year, so I know my limits now.
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