Re: why i wish I still had a Land Rover
....and Paul S. Brown spake unto the tribes of Usenet, saying...
> hugh wrote:
>>> Most countries seem to manage, don't see why we can't.
>> Don't understand it. As a kid I lived in a rural village in the
>> Pennine Dales and we very rarely missed a day at school in the Winter
>> - and the roads were covered with packed snow.
> Ditto here across most of Scotland.
> I have a distinct feeling that the average aptitude of any given
> driver has dropped over the last few years. What has caused this I
> couldn't say, but I'm going to blame electrickery and the fact that a
> car is now seen as a right rather than a privilege as it used to be.
No snow in Pembrokeshire this morning, then about lunchtime it came down
thick and fast, about 2" worth. We all got sent home (whooppee) and a
journey that usually takes 20-25 mins took 90. There were no drifts, and no
really slippery conditions, it was just that everyone was driving at 2mph,
then stopping for no reason, then 2mph again. Gridlock over most of the
county. Down here, I think it's because a) no-one has much experience of
it, so it's a "new challenge", and b) the weather people these days make so
much of a meal of any ususual conditions (it may rain tomorrow, so there's a
severe weather warning, and motorists are being advised to stay at home)
that panic sets in before you've even got the stuff scraped off the screen.
As Hugh says, in other parts of the UK we don't think about it. I lived for
many years in East Yorkshire, and the roads were snowbound for weeks at a
time. You learn to deal with it. I never once missed a day's work because
of snow. AND I was driving a 2CV. No Land Rovers for me in those days.
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