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Happened to us tonight. On the M69. Wagon in the middle lane doing 35mph. What do you do? Personally, I'd rather take the chance on spinning on ice (which I don't think we'll get tonight)

Hope the front end of the Ti is OK The rock salt was huge (I think they mix it with sugar near us).

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had it the other night - stay well back and it turned off - *phew*

car was fine
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It seems strange that different counties seem to use different salt/grit, in Somerset it seems to be very fine, in Glasgow recently it was like lumps of stone.
 
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I had a scare this morning, nearly lost the front on ice, local council obviously don't think road's around my way need gritting.
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Her indoors's 147 got a good pebble dashing last night apparently. Bubble wrap, it's the only answer.
 
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Close eyes, make face you're sucking lemons, foot to the floor and plough through the wave of rock salt, hoping that the water based top coat can withstand the boulders....

Ruined my old 156 front end when I got stuck behind one of those things a few years ago
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Happened to us tonight. On the M69. Wagon in the middle lane doing 35mph. What do you do? Personally, I'd rather take the chance on spinning on ice (which I don't think we'll get tonight)

Hope the front end of the Ti is OK The rock salt was huge (I think they mix it with sugar near us).

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Hope your luckier than me. My Bella got caught out by one on the A14 the other night, and the leading edge of my passenger front wing, and my bumper and bonnet are chipped to hell!

I mean, i know they need to do it, but surely something safer can be doing instead of doing 35mph on a dual carriageway and pepperpoting every motor going by with rock salt... Thanks to that stupid gritter i now need my paint blowing over!

Oh, and if that wasnt enough, the same night at work some muppet hit the rear quarter of my car, leaving paint and 3 deep scores in the side of my rear bumper!

I swear if i find who it is im going to murder the to$$er!
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I've had a quick look at the car and it looks OK. I'll get it washed later by our local Polish guys in readyness for Ace Cafe this evening. Will have a propper look then. Fingers crossed
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I need to get mine washed too it's proper filthy.
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I've had a quick look at the car and it looks OK. I'll get it washed later by our local Polish guys in readyness for Ace Cafe this evening. Will have a propper look then. Fingers crossed
Best of luck dude. Hope its ok though, yours is one smart car!
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Yeah, it is always a dilema - do you over take them or do you follow them at a snail's pace. When I overtake them I try and keep as far to the right as possible
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Trouble is, its pot luck whether the arm is spraying at you, or away from you.

I was unlucky and he literally swang over and sprayed directly at my car as i come level to its back end... So i caught the full force of it across the passenger side front of my car.

But there is nothing you can do. Im not suicidal enough to follow about 1/2 miles distance at 35mph when traffic is doing double that speed... Youve no choice really in that situation.
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If you're a happy motorcyclist you can grit your teeth as well.
 
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Got stuck behind one last night. Wasn't spreading tho.
Just as I go to overtake the twunt switches it to full sandstorm.
Looks like I have gone through a sand dune. Was dark as well so haven't had time to check for chips!!!!! Might have to get the sponge out before going to the cafe later...
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The gritter belts make superb soles to repair your boots with. Boys in the highways workshops will be busy with the old rustoleum paint, making sure thy look all smart and yellow in their topcoats. They are out to get you, and the salt will make a few nice potholes, to test your suspension with, as it rots the tarmac. Bodyshops, Re-finishers, look forward to this time of year, rubbing hands with glee. Happy Yuletide Motoring, Spring is just around the corner:
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Got caught behind one yesterday at a roundabout, he was on the inside of me and as I was about to exit the roundabout he just kept going - never mind the salt was more concerned with ploughing nto the dam thing

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Re: Being gritted

Ok, here in my country it never snows. Heck, 10°C is a very rare occurance, even in the colder days of the year.

So, what's the deal with "being gritted"??
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Ok, here in my country it never snows. Heck, 10°C is a very rare occurance, even in the colder days of the year.

So, what's the deal with "being gritted"??
When the weather drops to around freezing, the roads are supposed to be covered in salt, to counteract the icy conditions.
They use massive trucks with a spreading device to drop this salt (or grit) on the roads.

That's the theory anyway.

What actually happens is they grit the roads needlessly when there's no freezing conditions, and then when the freeze actually comes, they don't bother, and you end up with icy death trap roads anyway
 
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Free Shot-Blasting of your motor Ant, courtesy of the Hghwaymen, if you please.: Like going through a hailstorm, that is akin to a shotgun blast to your paintwork.:
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I must admit (I'm a bit of a sadist I suppose) I do have a giggle sometimes (with my car parked safely in my garage) it IS amusing to look out of an upstairs window on a snowy day, and watch the cars slip and slide on the road outside because none of the ignorant [censored] have ever bothered learning how to drive in such conditions

A slow speed 'bump' into the back of another car, provided no injury or major damage occurs, never fails to raise a wry chuckle from the casual observer....

Provided me or my car are not involved, of course
 
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I must admit (I'm a bit of a sadist I suppose) I do have a giggle sometimes (with my car parked safely in my garage) it IS amusing to look out of an upstairs window on a snowy day, and watch the cars slip and slide on the road outside because none of the ignorant [censored] have ever bothered learning how to drive in such conditions

A slow speed 'bump' into the back of another car, provided no injury or major damage occurs, never fails to raise a wry chuckle from the casual observer....

Provided me or my car are not involved, of course
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2 in 2 days on the m1 between leeds and nottm! shut m eyes and went for it!
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When I was a smart assed,(still?) young 20 year old, almost lost a Ferret, peeling off one of the Hanover-Hamburg slip offs, Ausfahrt? They were cobbled in those days, and this cobbling was frozen over like glass. Never lost a Tank with its steel tracks, cut through most stuff they did. No rubber track inserts in those days, went all soft they did later. BORING, I know.
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Almost good fun? :
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