I don’t do the school run every morning, depending on my shifts at work, Hubby and I share them to suit us both. Yesterday was his turn so I stayed in the house a little longer before leaving for work. I knew it was icy as my car still needed de-icing despite Hubby doing it for me half an hour or so previously.
I have to reverse out of my drive onto the road. It’s not a terribly busy road, but it does get traffic flowing. What it doesn’t have however is any sunshine on a patch of the pavement that crosses my driveway. When the roads are icy, so is this bit of the pavement, and I know about it as soon as I reverse.
Yesterday I got past this patch and started to turn the car in first gear to straighten up on the road when my wheels just started spinning. Ok, so into second to try to lose some of the traction and that helped me get past the ice. I hadn’t realised it was so bad still, after all it was now 8:45am and usually with the flow of traffic the roads are clearer.
I am very lucky and I don’t have far to go to work, but that drive yesterday morning was slightly hairy for me. I only have a little car and I didn’t feel safe at all driving for those five minutes.
I could see the ice glistening over the roads, and when a bus stopped a little way ahead of me at the bus stop, I waited behind it as there was a parked car on the other side of the road. The gap was big enough for me to SQUEEZE through but I didn’t want to run the risk of sliding. Three other cars decided it was worth it though in the thirty seconds I waited for. I stared at them all open-mouthed, one in particular as it sped past me. I couldn’t believe his stupidity, one slip, one patch of black ice, one twist of the steering wheel, and he would have met the pavement closer than he would have liked, or me, or the bus.
I don’t think I was being over-cautious by waiting. The roads can be bad in many types of weather but it’s often the drivers that haven’t thought about what the conditions mean that create the problems. How many would admit to not having an ice scraper in their car for example?
During the last bout of freezing weather, my wipers were left switched on from the previous journey, and when I started the engine, despite having cleared the windscreen, my wipers automatically tried to work and one got stuck as it was still frozen to the windscreen, and I ended up with a bent wiper arm. That was fine for the journey I took as I managed to level it out again, but it didn’t wipe quite properly after that so my visibility was poor. I replaced it that weekend (well Hubby did), but I’ll bet there will be other drivers out there that wouldn’t if they were saving money perhaps, or forgot. Their visibility wouldn’t be as good now if their wipers weren’t working correctly.
Do you look after your car during the winter?
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