According to the calendar here in Australia, spring started on 1 September. While we had a few days of great, spring like, weather, that was only a false start. We immediately sprang back into the depths of winter with a huge snow drop on last Friday. I had left the house to go to work early in the morning, and as soon as I left my coastal town I noticed the huge amount of snow everywhere. Obviously, before I left the house I had checked the weather site, which had said that while there would be ice it should be clear.
I drove for half an hour, with little of interest occurring (apart from bad drivers) and started to make my way up the mountain towards Hobart. It was here that the roads became very slick and I was thankful for my recent purchase of new tires. As I reached one of the lower crests of the mountain, I had to stop behind a short line of traffic. I could just see over the crest and while the road wasn’t deep in snow, I could see that it was deep enough.
I noticed around a dozen cars to the left side of the road. Either they parked very closely together in a chaotic fashion, or they all slide together and crashed. I could see that only 4×4 vehicles were being allowed (or daring) to continue on the road, and other vehicles that were not offroad capable were turning around and returning back town the mountain. I sat there for a minute, considering my options. I didn’t want to chance the road, seeing the possible accidents on the side helped me to make that decision. I considered driving back to the last major town and going to a café to wait for the snow to melt.
I decided it would be best to return home and, should the roads clear before lunch, I would head in to work. In the end, the roads were not clear till after lunch, so I spent the day at home.
Any lessons learned? I would say that being observant of the goings on around you is important. I noticed the accident ahead, and that only certain vehicles were proceeding. Keeping your eyes open and being aware of the situation is a vital survival skill and one the should be maintained.