Explorator Consulting :: Snow and visibility

Andy Murdy

Snow and visibility

It is snowy here in England.  Not snowy like you get in Canada or Germany or Sweden or Scotland but snowy like you get in England.  That means about 5 cm of damp snow at about freezing point falling overnight.  We have fresh snow right now - as I type - falling from a grey sky.

It's quite attractive from a warm bedroom but as today is Monday the world has been in a state of 'excitement' and 'warning' about the impending chaos on the motorways and routes to work and school, etc.  The trouble is we don't get much snow so we don't really know how to react.

One car dealer is taking the lead by offering me 'winter tyres' as ordinary tyres are 'harder when the temperature drops below 7 degrees'.  Wonderful.  I'm sure it is true but it doesn't get that cold for that long here in the midlands.  Other people react to snow by panicking before the snow has fallen.

And then there are those who wander out of the house at normal time, jump in their cars and drive.  No clearing of snow from any windows except the windscreen (too cold and messy) so they can't see anything and they are late...  It's the rarity of snow that causes the trouble.  We know to leave more time but kids can't get earlier.  We know we need to clear the windows but it is cold and damp.  We know we should check things the night before or sooner but we don't.

But a few simple things can make life better.  Get up early, check the conditions, clear your windows, use the technology available, carry a shovel, salt paths if needed and clear your windows before setting off.  Or even better, stick the kettle on, make a cuppa and watch the snow fall after taking the decision that travelling today isn't really worth it.

Have a safe day!


“Stick the kettle on, make a cuppa and watch the snow fall...”

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