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#406 Jonny87

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:57 PM

They've been slowly clearing the main roads, but the snake pass is still closed. However the winds have apparently picked up tonight and the snow is beginning to drift making the roads across the to Matlock from Sheffield impassable. The minor roads that are high up have been impassable for a week or so.

My first teaching placement was in Matlock. Love the place, I also bought my car from Matlock Ford!



Excellent :)

so do you reckon that most people who work in Matlock will have been off work over the last week?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:03 PM

Supplies of grit may be running low across the country but i stocked up using my trusty old bucket earlier from a council wagon parked down the street with a load of grit on the back - it even had a shovel and a wheelbarrow in there! I was tempted, but i just took a bucket full so i can keep the side access lane clear to be able to get the car in and out of the garage. I'm sure my neighbours all appreciate my efforts too :D

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:24 PM

It's because I have to reverse, if I'm facing forward third nearly always gets the car going if I'm struggling.


I reverse at a snail's pace anyway so I've not had any issues with spinning! The anti lock brakes feel horrible, really gritty sounding. I did end up about half a car's length past some red lights the other night. The roads were empty, thank goodness.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:06 PM

The video MarkyR posted was really informative, I didn't realise before that winter tyres were so much more effective in these conditions, especially in the case of going around the corner on the ice.
I don't think that driving ability is a particularly prominent factor in my troubles with getting grip on the compacted snow that I've had recently. Today I was on a slight incline and had to stop to allow another car to go past. When I tried to pull away afterwards no matter how gently I tried to pull away in any gear the Fez wasn't having any of it whilst other cars sailed past. Even just lifting up the clutch with no throttle as gentle as you like the wheels just spinned at idle without me touching any of the pedals!

I think it may be the tyres on my 17's that are the problem. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience of what Bridgestone Potenza's are like in the snow?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 12:01 AM

Does anyone have any knowledge/experience of what Bridgestone Potenza's are like in the snow?


Nope, but i share your experiences.

What i will say is that the Bridgestones are probably not designed for these conditions whatsoever, being a Japanese brand, fitted predominantly to Japanese sporty cars (OE on Civic Type R for example). They are a !Removed! hot tyre in summer months though (as i can vouch from having them on my old CTR!)


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