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General Chat Thread, Good winter or bad winter? in General; Originally Posted by localzuk They say it may be heading south, but I wonder if that's 'south' or 'south-east'? Snow ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    They say it may be heading south, but I wonder if that's 'south' or 'south-east'?
    Snow to hit Britain as freezing temperatures sweep country - Telegraph

    predicting everywhere by the end of the week according to that report

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    whats winter??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Since I'm baby-carrier as of January, I've invested not in winter tyres, as my Astra seems to not have issue on the standard fit 185/65/15 rubber, but in a set of AutoSocks..

    Snow chains seemed overkill, but The AutoSocks seem to get good reviews, are easier to fit and live in the glovebox. I just don't want to be stuck unable to reach Isabel, or unable to get us both home and warm.
    I bought a set of AutoSocks a couple of years ago from The Roof Box Company along with a collapsible Ortovox show shovel (and their Billat Snow Brush looks useful n'all).

    Still haven't used 'em (even last winter was pathetic ) but is it reassuring to have them in the car should things turn really bad - i work on a cul-de-sac where uphill is the only way out

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    I live on the other side of a valley - so coming or going I have to do a steep hill both up and down.

    Last winter I decided to wuss out of the steep downhill with cars parked both sides and take a longer, triple carriageway hill route thinking "busses use it, lorries use it, it'll be fine". It was untreated! Cars abandoned all over it. Shocking. Drove nice and gently down there, rear end overtook me and we sailed down in neutral while I sat there and made my peace with the car. Heh.

    That said, the steep hill had a lorry jackknife on it, so I'd have been stuffed...and in January/whenever we had that last icy snap, there were cars and busses stuck either end of it as it was so icy that it was impassable. I was at home, ill...so I could take an outsider view. People living on the hill were bringing out hot drinks and making their loos available to people who were stranded.

    If the worst comes to it, I can take a trip to mums and swap my 15's for some nice skinny 155/13s off the MK3..they tend to cut through the snow much better than wider tyres.

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    Our school has taken delivery of 3 pallets of grit. Oh joy....

    I prefer the summer, but dont mind driving in all weathers, its the other drivers that are a nightmare.

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    I see the first 'snow' icons are appearing on the met office site forcasts

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    We've got more grit than we know what to do with.

    Earlier this year the LA ran out and couldn't fill our order, so we ordered from elsewhere. They clearly didn't cancel the order as it has just arrived... 10 months late... and we've got the left over from the stockpile we bought because the LA couldn't supply us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    Our school has taken delivery of 3 pallets of grit. Oh joy....

    I prefer the summer, but dont mind driving in all weathers, its the other drivers that are a nightmare.
    3 pallets?! How big is your school? We bought 10 bags here, as any more than that usually means we need to close anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    Our school has taken delivery of 3 pallets of grit. Oh joy....

    I prefer the summer, but dont mind driving in all weathers, its the other drivers that are a nightmare.
    Yep. I used to take my Rover out in "Do Not Drive" warning snow conditions. Good fun, no other traffic, no visible roads/hedges...just "going to see Jem, got my phone and a shovel, might be back today or might not" to mum, and off...best snow practise there is, and quite relaxing when there are no other cars about. Until you end up in a hedge and have to dig the car out.

    Ahh, youth. I recall it well.

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    I bought some snow socks last year, they arrived days after the last of the stuff melted. I might get a chance to use them this year, but it will be a race to see if I change the car first! (Bet they don't fit whatever I buy)

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    I have some great arctic socks from my army days and Jane brought me some really wonderful Brasher socks (£20 a pair) a few years back. Nice and toasty

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    i think he meant the ones for the car but yeah nice thick pair of socks is advisable this time of year, got a few pairs from my help for heroes yomp last year

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    Working in an office without proper heating isn't great this time of year !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevbaz View Post
    i think he meant the ones for the car
    Indeed I did, these to be precise, but I too wear woolie socks when conditions dictate!

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    I see that snow is predicted everywhere except here - well we might get some: "possibly in the South West"
    I never know quite where we are - either on the extreme western edge of the South East or the extreme eastern edge of the South West.
    All I know is - whichever area DOESN'T get snow - that's where we'll be!

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