Woman ‘disgusted’ as 4X4 drivers leave others stuck in snow

A woman that appealed for 4×4 owners to take drivers stuck in the snow a cup of warm tea, blankets and food, stated she was disappointed that some people in 4X4s ignored others stranded in the snow.

Karen Cuppleditch appealed on Boston Emergency Community Facebook page for locals in the Bennington area to assist those stranded in the snow on the A52 following the severe weather conditions brought on by the ‘Beast From The East’ and storm Emma.

Despite Karen’s best efforts she felt disappointed to find some people driving 4X4s left others stranded without giving a second thought.

She said:

“The 4X4 drivers who ignored people stranded in dykes and just thought of themselves to get home want to be disgusted with themselves. As although understandable, they were the ideal people to rescue others on their way and get people home safe. I don’t think they would have liked the idea if it was their family or friends stuck. But no, they thought of themselves which was their choice and understandable I suppose.

“But thank god for the locals who had vehicles that could go and help the police and the stranded. They’re the ones that are heroes and put their lives in danger but still brought community spirit back. Some of them were young men, so massive credit to them all and I bet there’s some proud parents, partners, family and friends out there right now and so they should be.

“I can’t praise all the people enough that went out in 4X4, Range Rovers and tractors trying to help people.”

 

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16 thoughts on “Woman ‘disgusted’ as 4X4 drivers leave others stuck in snow

  1. Your “disgusted” woman needs to come and read the comments on my group Green Laners Reloaded about this article. People have been out 16-18 hours rescuing “stuck” people most of which shouldn’t have been out driving in the first place as they were warned not to!
    Every 4×4 driver I know and belive me I know 100’s have helped in some way since the snow hit. If the 4×4 driver didn’t stop to help someone stuck maybe they were already ferrying NHS staff around, taking carers where they needed to be, taking meals to the elderly….
    Does this woman think the world owes her a living? Not all 4×4 drivers carry recovery gear, most every day 4×4 drivers would have no idea how to use recovery gear and may actually do further damage. Instead of running to the media “disgusted” she should do a little research on how many 4×4 drivers have gone above and beyond over and over using their own fuel and resources to help 100’s and 100’s of people since the snow hit.

    1. Well said. Those that could help, did. Those that couldn’t got themselves home safely thereby not troubling the emergency services and volunteers. You can’t judge a drivrr just because of the car they drive…

    2. I Absolutely agree.
      If someone does not have the foresight to take flasks of tea, blankets and appropriate cold weather gear, IN SPITE of the warnings to do so on EVERY media platform, they should probably stay at home and keep their brain cell warm.
      Our 4×4 drivers that are able to venture out are more concerned with ensuring the safe arrival of our medical staff and the care of the vulnerable.

  2. I drove past quite a few people stuck in my 4×4 but because once I had a nurse in the car taking her to work at the hospital and again after a car I had recovered had slid into my car and punctured one of my mud grip tyres so I had to change it for a completely different AT tyre at the side of the road… The result being that I had 3 big grip tyres and 1 different… If I’d have tried to recover anybody I would have possibly damaged my own vehicle further or need recovering myself…. Adding myself to an already drained AA service! Already having been out on the tractor for most of the day clearing local country roads and towing lorries out of difficulty. So the woman who is “disgusted” should really think about why other 4x4s drove past! Not really a fair post.

  3. ‘Disgusted’ should go get a 4×4 and help herself if she’s got nothing better to do than moan about other people. Lead by example or shut up.

  4. Well said, recovering a vehicle isn’t as simple as just “having a 4X4”, there’s equipment and experience needed to do it safely and not everyone driving a 4X4 has that. Perhaps redirect your anger towards the people out driving 2WD cars when they were warned that they absolutely shouldn’t? I would not have been able to recover another vehicle but I was up at 5am this morning taking local nurses in to the hospital. What were you doing at 5am angry woman??

  5. Well said Paula. I myself have been out in my 4×4 helping.
    Where dose she get off saying we haven’t helped I have spent hours in the snow to get to people that are stuck and like you said most of thoses shouldn’t have been out in the first place.
    We deserve a bit more respect then some people give because if It wasn’t for us and the emergency services many people would still be stuck.

  6. Well said Paula. Those that could help, did. Those that couldn’t got themselves home safely thereby not troubling the emergency services and volunteers. You can’t judge a drivrr just because of the car they drive…

  7. We have one 4×4 in my familybut we added the older boys to insurance so we could all go out and help and take breaks ( plus look after our youngest child) .between us we took carers out,people to work in care home rescued A dozen people( some of who quite frankly shouldntbeallowedto drive let alone in such dangerous conditions .andletsnot forget that wewere being told to stay at home asitwastoo dangerous to be out.Thelast 48hrs has cost us as as a family approx.£500 in additional fuel and insurance,money we can’t afford buthave spent to help our friends ,neighbours and the idiots who thought they knew best.

  8. Well Said!

    I also drive a 4×4 but I am unable to walk. I did do journeys for prescriptions, essential shopping and getting health professionals to work but I would have been a danger had I stopped to try and recover anyone at the side of the road! Happily gave people lifts if required but no way could I assist in pulling others out of ditches etc. 2 of the people I gave lifts to moaned all the way that I had left their car stranded, not a thank you between them but thankfully they were in the minority.

    Just incase the angry lady asks if i am disabled why do i drive a 4×4 – its because I live on a farm and often need to tow trailers.

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