Looking out of the window, I can see the snow flurries caused by Storm Emma. I must admit I have been very lucky here at the FTS Office as there is only a light sprinkling of snow on the ground, so we have been able to get to our local clients.
However, that was not before I put my winter equipment in the van, this consisted of a folding shovel, my heavy-duty boots, bottles of water, sleeping bag, blanket, energy bars, gloves and phone charger. Things can change so quickly it is better to be safe and warm, if you do get stranded in snow.
Storm Emma and The Beast from The East
Off I set to see my client and carry out the PAT Testing that she had arranged a few weeks ago, the journey started fine, well it was 6.30am, but then on the radio, I heard that the motorway was blocked due to an accident right where I was scheduled to go. The traffic report stated that the roads in that area were heavily congested and there were at least 3-hour delays. So, what do I do now, although it had been snowing lightly, all of a sudden, the light snowfall turned into a blizzard and visibility was reduced to only a few metres. I slowed down but was shocked when one driver decided that I was in his way and decided to pass me at such a high speed the van rocked, I couldn’t believe that someone was in that much of a hurry that they were prepared to take such risks to overtake when visibility was so poor. It was at this point I decided not to take further risks and returned to the office.
Once I got back to the office, which took 3 times as long a journey as it would normally do, I contacted the client and explained the situation. They were more than happy to re-arrange the appointment and could understand the decision I made, especially when I was told that the country roads leading to the venue were covered in black ice.
The weather can change so quickly and sometimes you need to make a decision based on circumstances. In this case, it was the right decision to make: the client is still happy, we have re-scheduled, so the work will still be completed even though it’s going to be a few days later than expected.
In this weather, stay safe
Until Next Time