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Snow On Dartmoor

Police Ask Drivers To Avoid Dartmoor During Snowy Weather

Snow is falling on the high ground Devon and Cornwall and the local constabulary have taken to social media to ask drivers to avoid Dartmoor this evening due to the heavy snow that is currently falling there and the amount of vehicles getting stuck in the Princetown area reportedly.

Dartmoor becomes a hotspot during snow showers and when the area began getting snowfall from around midday today the so called ‘Snow Tourists’, as they are being called by the locals started to flood in and began getting stuck.
The locals claim that the ‘Snow Tourists’ eave a trail of devastation on Dartmoor after coming to enjoy the snow, this spurred a code of conduct to be drawn up in an attempt to limit the amount of carnage caused on the moors.

Locals to the area have not only complained about the litter and the stranded cars, but there is concern over the inconsiderate and anti-social behaviour of the visitors. Double parked cars, blocked roads, trampled fields and inconsideration to the animals that live on the moors are just some of the complaints.

Dartmoor Forest Parish Council has now compiled a list of rules for any visitors coming to enjoy the white stuff, it includes guidance on parking, driving, entering fields with livestock and respecting private property.

Cllr David Worth, co-chair of Dartmoor Forest Parish Council,  issued a warning to dog walkers about keeping control of their animals as farmers had the right to shoot any canines disturbing their lambs.  He said, “This is a time for family fun and tourists are welcome to come and enjoy the snow while it lasts.

“However, visitors are asked to abide by a few simple rule to avoid making life a nightmare for local residents.

“Park your cars responsibly and avoid blocking the road or restricting access. Emergency vehicles need easy access at all times to the moorland communities.

“Do not attempt to drive down narrow moorland roads that have not been gritted. You will get stuck, either on the road or in the ditch.

“Do not attempt to drive down village side streets that have not been gritted. You may cause an accident.

“Do not enter any fields with livestock. Sheep are heavily pregnant at this time of year and will miscarry if they become stressed.

“Keep close control of dogs. Farmers are entitled to shoot any dog worrying sheep, especially around lambing time.

“Respect private property. Not everywhere on the moor is access land.

“Leave gates and property as you find them. Farmers will normally shut gates to keep animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water.

“Use gates only and do not climb over dry stone walls or fences. These are easily damaged, allowing farm animals to escape.

“If you are asked to leave private property by the land owner, Dartmoor National Park Ranger or the Police, please comply with the request politely and quickly.

“Do not resort to verbal or physical abuse.”

4x4 Snow Driving

4×4 Snow And Ice Driving Advice | Things You Should Know

Winter is getting a grip of many countries right now, including Great Britain and the snow is falling. Many people that drive 4×4 vehicles will be aware of the pitfalls when driving in snow and ice, however there are people that purchase a 4WD especially for the winter months and may not have experience driving in such conditions.

Driving a 4×4 does not make you invincible, these vehicles can fall foul to ice the same as any other vehicle. Snow covered roads can often hide patches of ice that could cause your vehicle to skid, stopping distances will be longer, vision can be obscured, loss of traction, there is a lot to consider.

The most important thing to consider before anything else during severe weather would be, is the journey necessary? If the journey is unavoidable then these are the main points to take into consideration:

Preparation:

When driving in adverse weather conditions preparation is a key fundamental. Having the right equipment may prove invaluable, even life saving:

Recovery equipment such as ropes, straps, shackles, Hi Lift jack
Traction aids such as waffle boards or sand ladders
Digging tools such as a shovel
Flask of hot tea or coffee, food and water
Warm clothing, even a sleeping bag or warm blanket
Torch, map,GPS device, mobile phone

Before Setting off:

Clean the snow off of your vehicle, wing mirrors, lights, clear all windows and remove snow from the roof, snow slipping down off of the roof or blowing off into other traffic can be hazardous.

Check tyre are treads and depths are all good with an absolute minimum of 3mm, remember more tread will offer better traction.
Make sure you have enough fuel for the journey.
Be sure you know how to work the vehicles heater properly, this includes the cars rear demist.

Driving In Snow:

When driving any vehicle in snow you will need to anticipate other road users actions, as much as your own.
Be aware of oncoming traffic behavior,  you may have to take evasive action if they slide towards you.
Where possible leave a 10 second spacing between you and the vehicle in front, extra space gives you extra time to react and longer stopping distance.
Expect other road users to be unable to stop at junctions, make allowances for this when approaching or crossing junctions.
Keep headlights on dipped beam during daylight, ff visibility drops below a 100m, put your fog lights on.

Driving A 4×4 In Snow:

Keep in mind that 4WD/AWD is will still spin off a road on Ice the same as a regular 2WD vehicle. Once moving (on any slippery stuff) newbie 4WD owners have a tendency to drive faster than they should and possibly not as carefully and slowly due to a false sense of security. All of the above driving tips should be observed at all times, just because you have a 4×4 does not mean you can drive faster than you would in a 2WD car.

All motor vehicles need traction for safe steering – 4WD/AWD does not provide extra traction for steering.
All cars need traction for safe braking – 4WD/AWD does not provide extra traction for braking.

When To Use 4WD:

Four-High (4H)

In high-range four-wheel drive, you can travel at all normal speeds. Engage this setting when you’re on the highway and roads are really wet, snowy or icy. Four wheel High is also good for level, loose-gravel roads, packed sand or mud.

Four-Low (4L)

The low-range four-wheel-drive setting is designed for sand, snow, mud, crossing water, climbing rocks and ascending/descending hills. When you use four-low, keep your speeds low, too (under 40 mph or so), as you’re not actually gripping the road any better but you’re applying more torque to that grip.

Automatic Four-Wheel Drive (Auto 4WD)

This is a modern convenience that allows you to effectively “set it and forget it.” In this setting, the automobile monitors tire traction while in two-wheel drive and automatically shifts into four-wheel drive when one of them begins to slip. Use this setting when roads are variable, such as patchy snow and ice or any other combination of conditions when a tire could slip suddenly.
Keep in Mind

You should never travel in four-wheel drive on flat, smooth, dry roads, as it will damage your drivetrain. Also, remember that four-wheel drive provides more torque and engages all the tires for movement – it doesn’t help you stop. Always travel at speeds that allow you to stop safely, regardless of how well you’re moving forward.

When shifting from two-wheel drive to automatic four-wheel drive or four-high, you can do so “on the fly” – or while traveling at normal speeds. When shifting into and out of four-wheel-drive low, however, you will likely need to come to a stop and wait for the indicator light to stop flashing.

How To Deal With Skidding:

In the event you find yourself skidding on an icy road, the key thing is don’t panic!

Don’t Brake:
When skidding you need full control of your wheels for skid correction, stamping on the brakes takes away this control and makes the slide worse. Even though it feels like the right thing to do, its not, don’t brake! Ease off the accelerator instead.

Turn Into The Slide /Skid:

Turn your front wheels into the skid, so point the wheels the same direction as the rear of the vehicle is sliding. If the rear of the vehicle is sliding to the left, point the front wheels to the left, and vice versa for the right. You will need to have your wits about you and only turn the front wheels enough to start bringing the vehicle back in a straight line. If you go to far, you will need to correct the steering and turn the wheel the opposite way until you regain control.

Don’t Over-correct The Steering:

When steering into a skid, do not oversteer. If you turn to much you could spin the vehicle.

 

 

 

Jeep Tow

$50,000 Recovery Fee For Off Piste Jeep Driver

A Jeep driver that got stuck whilst driving off piste received a whopping $50,000 bill for the recovery of his 4×4 truck.  The man from Walpole, Massachusetts was charged $50,000 to have his Jeep towed after getting stuck in the mud. It just so happens that the area the Jeep got bogged down in was land belonging to a power company.

Ok, that is a slight exaggeration, the actual bill from ‘Assured Collision’ for the 12 hour recovery mission was $48,835.
The bill breakdown was as follows:

Jeep Rescue 4

Jeep Rescued and looking sorry for itself

$16,000: On-scene supervisor at the rate of $1,250 per hour.
$10,000: Off-road recovery incident response unit.
$5,000: Liability insurance.
$17,000 equipment & manpower charges.

Jeep Rescue 3

Jeep Remains the property of Assured Collision

As if the massive recovery bill wasn’t a big enough shock, the Jeep Cherokee owner, Joel Ramer, and his girlfriend were arrested for trespassing on private property. The Jeep was also totaled, “When I went to pick the vehicle up from Assured Collision, he’d informed me that there was some damage” says Ramer. “He also informed me that the bill was $48,000,” he explained.

Jeep Rescue 2

Jeep stuck on power company land

At the time of the incident Ramer hoped that his insurance company would pay out as he could not afford the massive bill, however they refused to pay and the Jeep remains the property of Assured Collision. The recovery firm stated the reason the bill was so high was because a Seven man recovery team had to work in dangerous conditions to recover the vehicle, working in close proximity to power lines.

Joel Ramer

Dont be Joel Ramer!

This is an oldie but a goodie. Moral of this story….. pretty obvious really!