Should snow chains be compulsory?
WITH the recent inclement weather seemingly set to continue for some time should we not follow the example of our European friends who make the carrying of snow chains in vehicles over the winter months compulsory in certain regions.
They drive in snow many times deeper than our own few inches with little or no problems.
If it snows, put the chains on. When it thaws or is not a problem, take them off again.
I haven't seen any adverts for snow chains in this country but if we are to suffer snowy weather on a yearly basis, which some long range predictions say we will, then this could be part of the answer. The fitting of them takes just a few minutes.
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With our hinterland being rural in nature it could assist those people without 4 x 4s to get around, helping industry and schools to function more effectively by allowing people to get to work in the first place.
It could also be the start of something good for a local young entrepreneur to think about.
I still have my set, but thankfully, here in Plymouth, we have been spared the worst of the weather.