Incident Report #101 2011

101
Wed, 14th December 2011, 19:31
A man was reported stuck in his car in snow, high on Wrynose Pass. Two team members attended the vehicle, discovering it empty with a note stating that the occupant had gone to stay in a hotel.. A vehicle was stuck behind it. At the time of writing the road is impassable, due in part to snow, but also because the two cars are blocking it...
Man Hours: 
2 team members for 2 hours
Lat-Long: 
POINT(-3.1 54.419)
OS Grid Reference: 
NY288032
Unique Incident ID: 
2952
Safety Tip: 

Mountain roads in winter

Many of the local roads become impassable in winter due to snow and ice. Kirkstone Pass is often effected, and signs are put up to say so. However, lack of a road closed sign isn't a guarantee that the road IS passable. AND a 4WD is not a guarantee of a safe passage either. Many modern 4WD cars have tyres that are not design to grip in snow or ice.

 

Other more remote roads are more likely to be affected since it is impractical to grit them. Wrynose and Hardknott Passes are often impassbale, sometimes due to significant icy patches.

 

You can't blame your sat-nav. It can't tell you anything about road conditions. Only you eyes and common sense can provide that kind of information

 

Winter driving advice is particularly relevent in mountain areas. http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/blog/post/2010/11/rac-patrol-tips-for-w... and http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/blog/post/2010/11/rac-patrol-tips-for-w...

 

If emergency services are aware that you are stuck, stay with your vehicle. If you decide to leave your vehicle for any reason, walk along the road towards civilisation. Don't cut across country, even if it looks like a shortcut.