Ah the big freeze, we keep hearing about it on the news and in the papers “wrap up warm because it’s the return of the big freeze” you would have thought that Britain would actually have plans ready to implement. The Scottish Transport minister, Stewart Stevenson resigned last week over the snow which caused traffic across Scotland to grind to a halt. But why are we so badly prepared as a country? The snow manages to close schools, cause airports across Britain to close, it causes trains to be delayed and cancelled, or even railway lines to be covered in ice so the train can not run.
How on earth do countries like Switzerland cope? Surely with a plan of action, a good level of grit and education about driving in bad weather we can not only keep Britain moving, but also reduce the amount of deaths through weather like we are seeing now? Temperatures are expected to go as low as -20C in Scotland and as low as -10 in other part of the country, we as a country need to be able to adapt to the sudden change in weather, we need to be able to cope with heat and cope with ridiculously cold temperatures like now. Of course it is rather nice when it snows, but then snow turns to ice and ice causes problems such as deaths. Britain must start to get used to sudden changes in the weather, perhaps we should take tips from the Swiss?
Here’s a few tips for you anyway; if you are driving for a long distance take with you; a flask of hot drink, a blanket, a full charged mobile phone, and not forgetting an iPad so you can read this blog if you get stuck and you’re bored waiting for the snow to stop.
P.S Don’t forget to check on elderly neighbours!