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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

 

Slippery when cold

Not much to write home about today, just the usual battle against the greedy and short sighted. Traffic was pretty light, but I put that down to the British lack of ability to cope with more than an inch of snow on the road. Those I saw were still driving as if it were a dry sunny day with no ice.

Don’t ask me what it is. Maybe it’s because we see snow so infrequently in Britain that we forget a few simple techniques to keep your vehicle on the road going in the direction you want it to go. Maybe it’s down to people just not paying attention to what they’re doing while they’re yakking on their mobile phones, arguing with their kids, spouses, significant other, or (saddest of all) the Radio as they drive. Perhaps they never learned how to drive in adverse conditions in the first place.

As a driver with twenty odd years of driving anything from a moped to a 7.5 tonne truck, I often watch from the sidewalk with barely veiled horror. How do these people get out of bed in the morning without breaking their necks? Some Guardian Angels must be on time and a half keeping so many distracted drivers from harm. On the other hand it could be that modern cars are so safe it lulls people into a false sense of security. I’m all in favour of installing a new safety device in all cars – a six inch spike in the middle of the steering wheel. Maybe that would teach people to pay attention when they drive.

No wonder most of them can’t parallel park properly. See the diagram on this web site for how to do it properly.

Any old road up, it’s cold, I’m going to bed to snuggle up in my duvet and annoy Mrs Sticker with my off-key snoring.

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