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  • A few general points. 1) Other countries handle snow better than us. In Germany failure to fit winter tires during the winter months will gain you a fine. There is no law in this country saying that you may not fit them. If you consider this to be an unjustifiable expense it is unwise to criticise “Them” for not “Gritting” the roads. 2) It is crushed rock SALT which is put on the roads, not “grit”. It works by melting the ice when combined with the action of traffic. The thicker the snow, the less the effect; the procedure also causes a lowering of temperature. Therefore its efficacy is limited both with ambient temperature and volume of snow. Slush is still slippery and is not adequately dispersed by road tires. 3) 4WD. Without tires that grip 4WD is not going to help that much. Your car has four-wheel braking and that will not stop it skidding. In my practical experience a one wheel drive off-road motorcycle, with off-road tires, is better in snow, especially when it is drifting, than a Landrover with road tires if used sensibly with care. 4) If you do not know which wheels you car uses to power itself forwards ask yourself “Should I even attempt to drive in snow?” The driving technique in adverse conditions for a front wheel drive and rear wheel drive car is different. (I wrote this before Dave B’s contribution and it is not aimed at his posting. I am well aware of the lack of snow clearing in rural areas. It has always been so. )

    The Fortean

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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