Help wanted in the UK: Dealing with SNOW


Hello there all,

As you might be aware, us here in the UK are having a fair amount of snow, which as you might also be aware, causes our country to slowly collapse...

Since those of you who live in Canada and northern states of the USA are quite a bit more used to the snow, I wondered if the collective genius of Instructables could give us some tips on dealing with snow...

Things which'd be interesting to know about:

-Footwear
-Driving
-Clothing
-Shovelling

I think you get the picture.

Cheers!

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Mirime6 years ago
Footwear- Heavy boots not rubber ones (dad lost a few toes to that) with heavy socks, or if all you have are light ones two sets of socks

Driving - can't say much but if you start to slip near an intersection lay on the horn

Clothing- Layer and on your coat a deep hood living in northern Illinois on a farm we get lots of wind and dec to about march/april very cold with lots of snow( ie -20f and 30 mph wind, drifts up to 5 feet) we wear long sleeves, a sweatshirt with a hood a "carhartt" style winter coat and if the is wind ski bibs. not warm but no frost bite

Shoveling- Small Scoops
Don't Do What Donny Don't Does.
Footwear: Strong hiking boots do the job. For REALLY cold weather, have knitted socks inside. Also carrying some sort of light trainers or sandals to change into if you spend more than half an hour indoors is practical. (Bring several plastic bags for your boots then, as no one like them standing on their floor and dripping dirty water on it...

Driving: I have no idea.

Clothing: A very thick warm waterproof coat that allows you not to think about where to put 4 jumpers you took of because it is warm enough in your college. Or a not so thick coat and a lot of sweaters if it is cold indoors (I wore a sweater, hat and gloves at school on Monday...) Be prepared to be boiled in the underground/bus/etc, or wear a thin coat and run fast from the station ;)

Keep all your electronic things in your inner pockets, as most phone batteries think they are empty if they cool down to under -15.
Kiteman7 years ago
Footwear: Waterproof, warm, grippy. If it's icy, Millets usually stocks "snow chains" for shoes. Wellies with thick socks are good.

Driving: go steady. Low gear, don't accelerate hard, don't brake hard, look well ahead. If you don't have power steering, keep your thumbs on the outside of the wheel (if you hit a hidden lump, the wheel could spin and break your thumbs). Make sure all your windows and your lights are clear. Take a fully-charged mobile, scraps of carpet for traction, a shovel and a reflective jacket.

Clothing: waterproof, windproof, layers. Lots of people put plenty on their torso and forget the legs - get thermal underwear, or even one or two pairs of tights (nobody can see!). Make sure the layers over-lap at the waist to prevent draughts, wear things to keep the draught out of your neck. Gloves, hat. Hunting and army surplus stores sell good weather-proof clothing at very reasonable prices.

Shovelling: use a shovel? Be neighbourly, don't throw snow onto the pavement or even into the street (you'll block drains or get pedestrians splashed). Put it in your garden, or at least against the wall side of the path.

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I really don't understand why snow paralyses us every year. It's just snow. So many people either panic and drive too slowly or too quickly, they cause a lot of the problems rather than the weather.

In Florida one of the most southern states in the USA, occasionally gets a very light dusting (in my area, 4 inches is a dusting, down there, if you can still see the street because it is blowing around and not covering anything, it is a dusting), which paralyzes the state as they have no one that has much experience with driving in it.

As I suggested elsewhere here, for those that have no experience in it, find a good open area (parking log?) that one can play around a bit in and not hit ANYTHING, and practice a bit.  It can be a life or at least a bumper saver.
One of my first driving lessons, my father took me to an empty, snow-covered carpark, and told me to drive quickly around a lamp-post.

Without warning, he pulled on the hand-brake, and as we spun merrily across the snow, he turned to me and said; Now, get out of that.

That is kind of what I did "to myself". :-) I learned fairly quickly about
1: the brakes are locked, you have no steering
2: if sliding left, turn left,
3: if you really are into steering the car, take your foot OFF the brake :-)

I learned really quickly how to react and it has served me well over the years. 
Goodhart7 years ago
For footwear, as Kiteman suggests, it should be warm (if you are wearing shoes inside them, then nothing fuzzy; and forget about traction on ice unless they are equipped with sharp steel grips that are removable so you can walk on regular floors etc with them, as traction on ice is otherwise futile).
Driving, if you are not accustomed to driving in it....don't.  If you can get safely to a parking lot that no one is using and if it is legal to do so, go there and practice stops, starts, turns, what happens if you start to swing around in a skid (how to counter steer), etc.

Clothing, warm, loose fitting (heavy layers are counter productive).

Shoveling, again, if you have a heart condition, or a back problem, find someone that is younger and willing to do it for a few buck.  You'll save a visit to hospital, or the doc's and time off of work/school.
Otherwise, go easy.  There is a LOT of strain with shoveling snow, especially if it is wet, packable snow.
gmjhowe7 years ago
The trains have been running very well this year. Only had one day I could not make it into work, I think they are the best of the public transport links.
caitlinsdad7 years ago
Rule number 1. Do not eat yellow snow.
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