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Old 08-02-2007, 10:32 AM
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Default Who are the worst drivers in the snow?

Having grown up in Scotland where me and my mates treated a snowfall as the ideal time to go out and have some fun I am never less than amazed at how badly London drivers cope.

This morning (as usual) there only seem to be two modes of driving;

(1) rev engine, dump clutch, grit teeth and sail straight into the nearest kerb

(2) keep all windows covered in show, hold onto wheel with grim determination, drive in centre of road at 1.5mph and cause a massive tailback.

So I vote London drivers the worst snow drivers in the UK, and possibly Europe?

Any other votes?
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:00 AM
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this sounds dangerously like the North / South thing all over again. I don't think it's fair to pick on Londoners when no-one in South East of England has a clue what to do in snow.

I must say that given that this loaner car I have has 245x40x17 tyres on it, real wheel drive and an autobox, I'm glad that I'm not going to get the chance to try it out today!
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:02 AM
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I've never driven in snow! I wouldn't know what to expect... So I'd probably be around the worst people to drive in it too!
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:14 AM
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Wink don't worry Omni and Hanz

there are plenty oop north who can't handle the white stuff. Like the numpty who tried to pass me yesterday morning on the icy exit from a ford when my my back end was all over the shop. MAx Power peugeot type.
Full marks to the ML driver, who despite obviously being able to get through held off a minute and let me grind my way up the bank.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:22 AM
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Where i am its 26 degrees just now, snow - whats that But if we ever did ge snow (in a city of 10 million people) and one million cars - wow the garage would make a fortune
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In north wales it is the transit van driver with the mobile phone clamped firmly to his ear whilst trying to negotiate an off camber left hand bend. He didn't understand why he went off the road.
I have left my E in a very snowy hotel car park and decided to spend another day in North Wales. No point in adding to the statistics if I don't have to.
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I have left my E in a very snowy hotel car park and decided to spend another day in North Wales. No point in adding to the statistics if I don't have to.

Thats what I call a sensible post.

Hanah, English snow is like driving on oil, the car does go along,normally side ways into the kerb


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Old 08-02-2007, 12:17 PM
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Had some idiot about 2 ft off my bumper this morning in very slippery conditions - obviously felt he could stop better than me

Lived in the (southern) USA for 3 years, and they have to be the worst I have ever come across in the snow. They would put their foot down in their V8 barges, and then wonder why the back end overtook the front
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this sounds dangerously like the North / South thing all over again.
I straddle both and south - I've spend two decades in Scotland and two in London. I LIKE living in the South East.

But snow does bring out some odd ideas about the best way to tackle it.
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. No point in adding to the statistics if I don't have to.
Quite. I walked my toddler to nursery today (as I normally do). However he does walk very slowly in the snow so I thought I'd shoot round in the car to save some time picking him up.

WRONG - I got totally stuck trying to get back onto the drive and have just had to spend the best part of 30 mins clearing the snow off.

There goes my lunch break *sigh*
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