Editor's comment: Not yet time for big spending on cold weather preparations
AS Bristol faces up to a week of ice and possibly more snow, many will be asking "why aren't all roads gritted", "why don't we have more snow ploughs" and "why is public transport not better equipped".
The common refrain is that countries such as Canada or those in Scandinavia cope so much better with the inclement weather – and they get much more of it.
But that's the point. Because they have heavy snow more often than we do, they have to be prepared. They cannot afford to let the country grind to a halt for months at a time.
Here, we get a few inches of snow maybe a couple of times a year – some years not at all.
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While we would all like to have a giant fleet of snow ploughs at the ready at all times, we'd also like to keep our council tax bills low.
How many of us have forked out our own hard-earned money on snow tyres? Some perhaps, but not many, because we don't think the limited benefit is worth the investment. And that's the same balance the authorities have to strike too when spending our money.
There may come a time when changes in weather patterns push us past a tipping point towards vast investment in cold weather preparations – from ploughs to heated pavements. But we are not there yet.