Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Obligatory Snow Post


I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the majority of the country had snow yesterday. We woke up to a light covering and it started to fall again at lunch time, so when I took the dogs out we all had lots of fun playing in the snowy fields.

I came home and got back to work until Matt called at around 3pm to tell me that he'd sold the Freelander (NOOOOOOOO!!!!) and needed to take it to Lincoln. He was going to need a lift back but was worried about my car in the snow. I started to tell him not to be so silly but when I looked out of the window it was bucketing down with snow and there were a good few inches on the ground. I couldn't believe how much worse it had got in the last few hours. Nonetheless, the offer for the truck was so good that I told him to meet me at home and I'd follow him to Lincoln

I'd seriously underestimated the conditions and especially, how my car would cope. I've only had it since October so I've never driven it in snow and ice but being a big, heavy automatic with big wide wheels I kind of knew that I was going to have to be veeeery careful

Getting out of the village was more than a little hairy but once we got to the main road it was slightly easier, if slow going. We made it to Lincoln, said goodbye to the truck and Matt hopped into my car for the journey home. I love being in the car with him, we always seem to end up having really in depth conversations! Once we neared home and left the main road we saw a car on it's roof in the ditch and Matt started dispensing gratuitous advice about being careful.

'I know what I'm doing', I told him. 'You forget that I drive 40,000 miles a year. I've probably driven more miles in the last few years than you have in your whole life!'

Famous last words ....

As we got close to the village I started looking for the turn off but I couldn't see it. 'I can't see the turn off, where is it?' I muttered, sitting forward and peering through the windscreen. Suddenly it was there to my left and I braked and skiiiiiidded ....

'Ooops! I'll take the next turn off', I said. But by that point we were cresting a hill and as we came over the brow I saw orange and red flashing lights. A car had crashed, half in the ditch and half on the verge and an enormous recovery truck was parked slap bang in the middle of the road

'Oh my God', I gasped as we started to descend the hill and skid, 'what do I do, what do I do???'
'Pump the brake! Pump the brake!'
'I'm pumping! Nothing's happening!' What do I DO???'
'Keep pumping! Slow down, slow down!'
'I'M TRYING TO SLOW DOWN!!!'

We skidded all the way down the hill and I made a snap decision to run the car into the verge. The deep snow should stop us before we got to the ditch. We may not be able to get the car out but the alternatives were crashing into the other car or crashing into the truck - neither of which were appealing

We crashed into the drift and came to a halt a few feet from the crashed car and I wailed. Matt took over and managed to get us out of the snow and around the recovery truck, thank goodness there were no cars coming up behind us or from the opposite direction or there would have been no way of avoiding a crash. I was hanging on to the passenger door handle and armrest for dear life and felt in a flat spin. I've only ever had two close calls like that, both in ice and snow and both with Matt in the car (typical) The feeling is terrifying - the total lack of control and seeing a disaster unfold in front of your eyes in slow motion is just so frightening

I cancelled all meetings for today and I'm staying at home in my nice warm house, with a candle burning and copious amounts of hot chocolate with squirty cream. Most of the time I'm really blase about driving but when you come so close to having an accident like that it reminds you that you can't take for granted that you will be OK. We could have ended up on our roof in the ditch like the other car we saw. Only minutes before we'd been talking about how we spend all our time working and planning for the future rather than living for the day to day and appreciating what we have now - how appropriate!

Anyway, we're both OK, that's what matters. And I'll be thinking VERY carefully before driving that car in snow and ice again

26 comments:

  1. oh my goodness Rachael!! I'm glad you're both ok! i hate driving in the snow and ice, it's terrifying and when you skid and have no control, even struggling with steering, let alone braking, it's so scary.
    thankfully, it rarely snows in Devon but ice is enough to scare me as i live down a very narrow lane that never sees daylight so it can be like the cresta run!!
    stay tucked up safe with the doggies and hot chocolate xxx

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    1. Ice is the worst, your lane sounds like a death trap! xx

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  2. Next year I'll be able to start learning to drive and the possibility of losing control in snow and ice is definitely my worst fear about it all! Really glad you're both okay!

    www.tenantofwildfellhall.blogspot.com

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    1. Most of the time I love driving, I hope you enjoy learning! xx

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  3. So glad you are OK. Maybe it's a good thing Matt was with you as he managed to get your out of the drift and back on the road, things might have been different if you had been on your own. We have been lucky and not had snow, I am a real snow killjoy! It looks pretty for about a day and then that's it and my hubby spends a lot of time on the roads and when we have snow and ice, it just causes havoc with our business. Staying in with doggies and hot chocolate sounded a much better idea :)

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    1. You're right, I'd have been in real trouble if I'd been on my own. I know what you mena, it's pretty and all but ... dangerous! xx

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  4. Oh jeeeeez, what a terrifying story! Thank goodness you're okay- both of you! You must feel really shaken. I think it's definitely a good idea to stay home today! I've never learned how to drive. I got driving lessons for Christmas this year and I'm half excited/ half terrified. I've heard so many stories like this I find it so unnerving thinking I'd be in control of something so dangerous! A few friends recommended I begin my lessons in wintry conditions like this so I have some experience of it... But now I'm not so sure! Anyway- thank goodness you're okay xxx

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    1. I'd definitely recommend learning to drive in the summer if you can! Get some experience before you have to tackle nasty weather conditions. Learning to drive is fun, I'm sure you'll love it. Weather like this is rare, after all xx

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  5. This sounds awful, glad both of you are okay! I lost control of the car once when it was wet - it was absolutely terrifying! Stay safe xx

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    1. We're fine now but I haven't been in the car since! xx

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  6. Bloody hell, that must have been scary. Although I do love that you decided to risk your life despite not being sure about the snow because the money was good, haha xx

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  7. Gosh that sounds very scary. Glad you're both ok. It's such a horrible feeling when you loose control of your car - I've skidded in ice and snow a few times and there's literally nothing you can do!x

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  8. Bloody hell missy! Please be careful!!! More cake, less outside! xxxxxx

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  9. Awful! I really hate the snow. I also hate that all I have talked about with people for the last 3 days is the snow, ha. Hope you feel calmer soon, things like that can knock you back a bit for a few days. I'm guessing your car being automatic makes it way more stressful as well! It's much easier to drive gears in the snow. Feel better soon! x

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  10. I'm glad you guys are ok! I've lost my brakes before down down an over pass, so I know exactly how terrified you were.

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  11. ohmygoodness!! I'm so glad that you both are okay!! How scary! Have a great relaxing day Rachael!! xo

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  12. Omg...thank god, please be careful. It's always better to listen to men when it comes to driving at least during such conditions. Yea tat may crush our attitude! My sister lives in Canada and I plead her to be careful everyday during winter...
    Fatzee.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow that sounds scary! I have a driving lesson on Friday when it is due to snow heavily, so I hope the roads aren't too bad... again, famous last words! Glad to hear you are okay x

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  14. I'm so glad you're all OK! I used to be so blase about driving too until I had my accident, was driving in torrential rain and couldn't stop much like you! Wrote my car off but I was unharmed thank god! Really makes you think just how scary it is being in charge of a car. Although I really couldn't imagine driving anything bigger than my tiny little Ford Ka haha!

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  15. i haven't driven in the snow that much {prob because we no longer have a car} but i was thanful for my little car as it drove in the snow like a pro--not sure how or why but it did.

    and i am glad you are ok--i hate it when things like that happen.

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  16. That sounds so scary, glad you are both ok though x

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  17. You have such a way with words that I almost felt like I was in the car with you (in a metaphorical sense, obviously not implying that reading about it comes anywhere near what you experienced!) - I was literally on the edge of my seat! I used to have a long commute to work in the car down a windy forest A road and barely a day would go by without some aspect of the drive giving me a fright (usually other drivers ridiculous overtaking on bends or at the bridge of hills). When ice or snow is involved it's even more frightening - someone I know span off the road and onto their roof in a ditch a couple of nights ago. I'm just glad you're okay and able to take some time to regroup and have some quiet time. Things like that really do make you think. xo

    Rosie // A Rosie Outlook

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  18. I'm glad you're ok, that sounds so scary. I hate driving when it's icy, I skidded into a ditch last year and it's really put me on edge whenever the weather is bad. x

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  19. Oh wow, so scary! It really is terrifying to think how easily things can change and a momentary lapse in concentration can be so dangerous. I tend to always think that it'd never be me in an accident but it so easily could. Glad you're both ok, and I hope your car wasn't damaged! x

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