Britain is not used to snowy conditions; the weather here is pretty inconsistent at best, however, our island is not used to the arctic conditions of colder climates. This means that when we do eventually get a sprinkling of snow, or the more precise blowing of blizzard as of late, everything breaks down and grinds to a halt.
For our brothers and sisters who live in colder climates, they have become accustomed to these conditions, changing the tires of their cars in the colder months, and breaking out the snowplows to clear driveways and roads. Given the before mentioned inconsistency of British weather, this would not be something we are used to or would do every year with any regularity.
Today, for the first time in a few months, we decided to cancel all lessons for all students. This was not a flippant decision, but for our own peace of mind regarding the safety of our students. When conditions are such that the road is significantly more challenging to traverse, regardless of any perceived obligations, you owe it to your safety to not travel.
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If you are left with no other option but to travel, please take the advice below, it might just save your life:
1. Don’t travel
It sounds quite simple, but the truth is, unless it is absolutely necessary to leave your home, the advice from many authorities and experts say, do not travel.
2. Layer up
Wear three layers of clothes under your coat; the insolation will mean you will conserve body heat if you are stranded in the -0°C temperature.
3. Take a blanket and some food with you
Pack a blanket and a small container with dry food; if you are stranded you do not know how long it will take your help to arrive.
4. Leave ample time
The worst thing you can do is rush; rushing causes accidents, it is as simple as that.
5. Drive slowly
The temptation is to resume normal activity, perhaps out of habit or reflex; be mindful that the higher your speed, the longer it will take to stop; this can double or even quad-drupel in icy conditions.
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Update: “helpful resources”:
Dylan completed his music training with honours at Colchester Institute, where he studied piano with Australian pianist Lesley Young, and composition with British composer Dr Mark Bellis. While studying, in 2009, Dylan won Colchester Institute’s Canon Jack Award for Solo Piano adjudicated by Andrew Ball. A composer, promoter, and advocate of contemporary classical music, Dylan joined the membership of Colchester New Music in 2014.
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