The Race to The Finnish Line – Day 7 Part 2

…….60 kms later and my moment comes time to turn right! My initial thought is “bloody hell that doesn’t look like I should go down there!” I’ve got very limited experience of driving in heavy snow, as for the last 10 years I’ve been driving trucks I’ve always happened to be on a job in warm climates whenever there seem to be a big snow dump, so this is new ground for me quite literally!

I start heading up the road keeping it nice and smooth and at a steady 60kph everything feels ok. Eventually I come to a t-junction and that’s where the fun starts. As I’m approaching the junction I see a car coming that is about to turn left onto the road I’m coming up and I make the school error of stopping and giving way to him. Sure enough when I try to get going again I begin to slide to the side. I put on the brakes and the truck keeps sliding….. I’m just a passenger heading for the bank and then I’m in it!!

Right then it’s out with the snow chains and a shovel. I haven’t used chains for nearly 10 years! That was during my second week driving class 1’s, when I was 21 and everyone was trapped in Tibshelf services by the snow……….

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