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Planning To Drive? TomTom Says: Snow


Planning To Drive? Tom Tom Says: Snow

Thanks to a little bit of snow, the entirety of Britain's car-owning population seems to have gone to hell in a hand basket today. And if you won't take my word for it, TomTom's HD live update service can provide some handy figures in proof.

At 8:28 this morning TomTom HD recorded 1,086 miles of traffic, in 388 jams across the UK. The longest queue in terms of distance was a 32 mile tailback between junctions 19 and eight on the M25 (hell literally frozen over if you ask me) at 7:30 this morning.

The longest delay in terms of time was claimed by the M27, with a wait of one hour 27 minutes from junction 11 to the M3 interchange - at 8:02 to be precise.

Looking at the map it doesn't appear as if live traffic updates will be of much use to anyone subscribed to the TomTom HD Service. The soundest advice for anything considering driving anywhere is probably "don't bother" right now. Nonetheless, being sat inside our nice warm office, I'm more than happy to sit and chuckle away at how poorly the UK copes with this adverse weather.

Martin Daler

February 2, 2009, 4:32 pm

What is the icon of a car parked on its driver's side door supposed to represent? Just curious!

The Doctor

February 2, 2009, 4:34 pm

I got back from skiing last night and luckily had snow tyres on my car - sailed merrily up to London from Folkestone with nary a skid or slide (unlike pretty much everyone else!)


February 2, 2009, 5:24 pm

as a nation, some drivers seem totally confounded by a little bit of snow.

Martin Daler

February 2, 2009, 6:11 pm


I think that is because we are the only nation that hopes regular tyres will work on snow - they don't.

James Morris

February 2, 2009, 7:57 pm

What about regular train wheels? They don't even seem to work on leaves, let alone snow.

Jay Werfalli

February 2, 2009, 8:15 pm

Basically, most of us are unprepared when it snows because it hardly ever does.


February 2, 2009, 10:34 pm

The thing is, we get different type of snow here. Because it snows very little the snow turns to ice pretty quick. Compare this to other countries where they get tons of snow in a short period of time, but it seems to remain soft for longer and stops such bad ice forming almost immediately. Perfect for the snow ploughs to get rid of it!


February 2, 2009, 11:17 pm

all the more reason why i can't wait till tomorrow. my complaint was after i saw somebody go full on the accelerator and literally skate around a car park.

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