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dont ant to seem like an old miser but I'd just like to say this due to the current rash of accidents we seem to be having on here, please take care oin the roads as they ar very slippy at this time of year. A few members have had very lucky escapes in the last week or two, with luck playing a huge part. Its only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.

please take care on the roads we dont want the next meet to be at anyones bedside!!!

andy (feeling all mature *shudders*)
 

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yes very sound advice, and believe me the roads are far slippier than you think. I my self had a near miss last week on my way to work. As i turned onto the industrial estate (probably doing around 20-25mph on the corner) the back end just carried on sliding past me. I slid a good distance down the road opposite lock on and going sideways. I thought i was gonna bounce up the curb and hit the woman that i could see in front of me, luckily the front gained grip and snapped the car back the other way and straightened up.

So i've slowed down now and i don't care how good i think the ZS can handle i go slow round every corner.
 

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Aaaaaah yes.... on the experience of the silly b*tch that has kindly (i think) written my car off today! PLEASE leave plenty of braking distance AND keep your mind on the roads, not your xmas shopping. Thanks ;)

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I haven't had an accident in years (that was my fault...) but I can confirm the roads are nasty at the mo. I was driving the riot van back to the ranch the other night. It was empty and light at the rear and I went sideways on one particular local roundabout with a penchant for slipperyness. I held on to it, but the batteries in my pacemaker took a pounding and DCs laundry bill for the week has doubled (those skidmarks cost a lot to jetwash off!)

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You want to try driving a mega, mega, mega heavy bomb proof prison van at this time of year, attempt any bend or corner above 10mph and the bloody thing insists it wants to go sideways instead !
 

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I've been scrubbing DD's pants all weekend!!

Please guys no matter what time of year it is take it easy on the roads I see too many accidents and the results can be devastating. It really concerned me on Friday as I nearly slipped when walking on the roads so I dread to think what might happen in a car.

The only safe thing to do is knock 15-20 MPH off any speed as the black ice is the hidden killer.
 

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DibbleChick said:
I've been scrubbing DD's pants all weekend!!

Please guys no matter what time of year it is take it easy on the roads I see too many accidents and the results can be devastating. It really concerned me on Friday as I nearly slipped when walking on the roads so I dread to think what might happen in a car.

The only safe thing to do is knock 15-20 MPH off any speed as the black ice is the hidden killer.
Ah, thats ok then, those 115mph motorway blasts were doign nothing for my petrol consumption... ;) :err:
 

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I haven't had an accident in years
Ha! But some of your colleagues down here in Avon & Somerset have, over the weekend!

Mate (who is a fireman in the local town) was called out to a Discovery on fire on the local A38, they were called out to act as crew protection for the crew extinguishing the Discovery, on a high speed twisty section of unlit A road.

Cops pull up in a Focus and park up just behind the pump protecting the incident.

Cops walk to the flaming Disco and start "gathering evidence" or whatever they do.

Crew in stationary pump (positioned diagonally across road) feel bump, causing the machine to rock.

Look outside and see Focus making love to Mercedes truck!

They had not put the handbrake on enough, causing it to roll into the OSR of the fire appliance......doh!


Oooooops green form time....the Focus has a rather dented front end! :lol:
 

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Im sure that the compounded salt on the roads mixed with the slightly damp weather is making the roads stupidly dangerouse at the minute...

I was out in a mates car the other day when a Cavalier coming in the opposite direction just lost control...spun across our lane and into the trees...:yikes:

That and the memory of my last accident has really learnt me!
 

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Yeah, its ok giving yourself plenty room, braking distance, etc... but when you get muppets not using lanes correctly *cough cough, M4* etc... Also, keep an eye on what other ar$eholes are doing around you :cool:
 

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Yup, roundabouts at the moment seem particularly treacherous where I live... almost had a close encounter of the third party kind last night at a local roundabout and neither of us were going fast by any stretch of the imagination.

John
 

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Last Thursday night driving home from work in the heaviest fog I've seen for a long time down the usual backroads to my home I came across 4 cars that had run off the road. One was my next door neighbours! :doh:

Be careful out there! It won't be long until the ice is a factor too... :(
 

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Was going around a one way system near where I live a few days ago and slid a bit. Wasn't going particularly fast for the corner I was going around (yeah, I could have been going slower but wasn't exactly tearing around either).
As I was entering I thought that the wet stuff on the ground was water, but it turned out to be oil (and a lot of it). I suppose I should have maybe realised something when the Ford Escort in front of me twitched a little going around the corner.....

Fortunately nothing bad happened, although at that speed something bad would have been maybe hitting the pavement and looking like a prat, and it was the first time I've managed to get some oversteer out of my R100 (yeah the front went light first, but the back went even lighter).
 

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well we've all seen the photos of my car, the road condition was a huge factor in that accident
 

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Road conditions obviously play a large part....I remember one of my dads company cars getting written of by a HGV because he slid on ice and out into a busy road at a junction. He said he knew it was icy but the road sloped downhill and he just couldn't stop the car sliding....he got lucky that the HGV hit his car right at the front side and not straight into the side of him.... :(
 

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Well can't quite believe the day I have had. A people carrier had a rather nasty coming together with an articulated lorry about 200yds away from where I work. 6 Fire Engines (2 with cutting gear); 3 Ambulances; Paramedic and even a Helicopter at one point.

Then this evening, travelling home along the motorway after spending a couple of hours at Magic & Sparkle... Bob the Builder's trailer broke loose and took with it 6 or 7 cars. Thankfully though, everyone seemed okay and bizarrely whichever way everything had spun, there were cars on the hard shoulder, cars in the fast lane... yet the inside lane was clear for traffic to proceed through.

Take care folks :)

John
 
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