out here we clear our own paths, i know Rownhams!
I've not been there in 15 years, but I can tell you the old Welcome Break at Fleet (M3) used to make the best cup of tea anywhere, I couldn't make a cup as good as that myself at home!
Quite a simple answer, summer tyres in winter conditions. Most
of the accidents and hold ups are by the morons that are too cheap to change their tyres or buy winter ones. This evening I saw a classic accident, a bus stopped and a car went straight in the back of it, because he had summer tyres. "Cheap is not cheap
Winter tyres have a tread that copes better with snow I assume, so why aren't they pushed harder in England? We do get snow there, and I was iced in last Jan after they ran out of salt. Several weeks we had terrible snow, my neighbour had to dig me out when the car lost traction on the ice outside my own front door.
Talking of cheap tyres, I saw a report on UK television say that in the UK the cheap tyres do not stop anything like as well in the wet, even if superficially the tread pattern looks the same. It all has to do with the grade of rubber used. So, a budget tyre is probably not worth it at all.