Touching photo shows woman giving out soup to stranded drivers in Rodley

A big-hearted Leeds woman was pictured handing out soup to drivers stranded in the snow.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 7:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th January 2021, 7:10 pm
The woman was offering soup to stranded drivers (photo @Dwarfland25).

Many roads across the city ground to a halt as thick snow blocked main roads.

Ten buses were stuck on Kirkstall Hill this morning, with several other roads in Leeds unpassable.

First and Arriva suspended all bus services this afternoon.

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Gridlocked traffic at Rodley (photo: @Dwarfland25).

Much of the West Leeds area of Rodley was also gridlocked.

But Twitter user @Dwarfland25 captured a touching image of a woman helping drivers who were stuck in the snow just off the ring road at Rodley roundabout.

He posted: "There’s an old lass giving out soup to drivers stranded on the ring road at Rodley. Gridlock in all directions, definitely a day to #StayAtHome today."

How to drive safely in snow

- Slow down

Snow, ice and water on the road reduce grip and, coupled with poor visibility in bad weather, they mean it’s essential that you cut your speed.

Stopping distances can be 10 times greater in snow and ice so slowing down gives you more time to react to other traffic or hazards on the road ahead.

However, be careful that you don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum. On snow-covered roads and especially on hills this could see you stuck and struggling to get moving again.

- Keep it smooth

As well as keeping your speed down you need to keep your inputs smooth. Sharp acceleration, braking or steering are more likely to cause your car to lose grip, leaving you with no control.

Where you can, try to use engine braking to slow down, that way you’re less likely to skid.

- Leave more space

With stopping distances seriously increased by slippy conditions it’s vital you leave more space between your car and the vehicle in front.

It’s also important to try and anticipate what other drivers are doing - being properly aware could save you from a crash or being stranded as others grind to a halt. It also means you're less likely to have to brake or steer suddenly.

- Use a high gear

If your car is struggling to find grip, especially when pulling away, trying selecting a higher gear. This should reduce the amount of wheelspin and help you get moving.

- Stay seen

With shorter days and the prospect of rain, fog or snow making visibility worse, it's important to make sure you can see and be seen. Check all your lights work and are clear of snow or ice before setting off.

Don't wait until it's pitch black to use your headlights and don't just rely on running lights when conditions deteriorate. If it's snowing heavily, dipped beams may actually work better than full beams.

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