Land Rover flipped over af­ter ice skid

Macclesfield Express - - SNOW MAGIC AND DRAMA -

A LAND Rover flipped on its roof af­ter skid­ding off an icy road.

The male driver and his preg­nant girl­friend went to hospi­tal af­ter the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery skid­ded near the Wild Boar Inn in Win­cle at around 2.50am on Sun­day, March 6.

They were checked over and had no se­ri­ous in­juries but both suf­fered whiplash.

There were two male pas­sen­gers in the back and one went to hospi­tal later that day.

The driver, who doesn’t want to be named, said: “I came round the cor­ner and hit some ice and gen­tly hit the brakes but the wheels locked and the car went through a dry stone wall and rolled on its side three times be­fore land­ing on its roof next to the road fur­ther down.

“I’ve driven Land Rovers for years but when you hit ice like that there’s noth­ing you can do.

“I was driv­ing about 35mph, well within the speed limit. It was scary. We’re lucky we all walked away from it.”

Colin Townend, au­thor of win­ter driv­ing skills web­site drivin­gin­ and took the pic­ture as a warn­ing, said 4x4s give a false sense of se­cu­rity in slip­pery con­di­tions.

He said: “A 4x4’s ex­tra set of driven wheels gives it bet­ter trac­tion in snow but it has the same num­ber of wheels for brak­ing and cor­ner­ing as a con­ven­tional car.

“Also, be­ing heav­ier than a nor­mal car, stop­ping dis­tances are longer.”

Colin Townend

●● The Land Rover Dis­cov­ery flipped on its roof near the Wild Boar Inn

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