Possibly the worst road conditions I've seen so far.
Near Arbroath there is a section where the road surface changes from tarmac to concrete and it was basically an ice rink. Thanks to an idiot in a Saxo (you always get one hero trying to get there faster than everyone else) the Focus infront of me hit is breaks, spun out and hit the crash barrier. Needless to say the Saxo carried on as if it never happened.
I stopped to check the guy in the focus was ok and also so my car would offer some sort of protection (no hard shoulder). Problem was, with the road being so ice, cars where coming round the long curve seeing the car with its hazards on, braking and sliding all over the place. A micra ran into the back of a van.
I ran up the road as far as the crash barrier would allow with a torch and started waving it at traffic and signalling them to slow down. Even then cars were sliding when they touch their brakes. most were ok but there was the occasion idiot who didn't slow down. One guy ended up having to hit the concrete central barrier to avoid hitting a car, then another van came down, braked, spun and ended up grinding his nose down the crash barrier sideways. Would have been a cool move on a snowboard but not in a van.
Also a poor girl who was on her way to Edinbugh airport, applied her brakes, slid, spun and hit the barrier about 10ft in front of me. I ran up a bit to see if she was ok which she was. I asked if she was ok and she responded with "is the front of my car badly damaged?". There's no easy way to tell someone their bumper is hanging off, both headlights are smashed, her bonnet is bent and goodness knows what inside the engine compartment.
The first guy in the Focus called the police once he got out his car. They showed up after all these crashed. It was a relief to have a set of bluelights offering us some protection.
After speaking with the traffic cops and giving them my details, I gingerly started on down the road to get home. There were at least 2 other cars on the opposite carraige way which had spun and were down an embankment, you could just see their headlights pointing up the hill to the carraigeway. Thankfully the police were already assisting them.
Whoever is in charge of road gritting in Angus, shouldn't be in the job anymore. That section of road was nothing short of an ice rink. When I was running back down towards my car to talk to the police, I could barely stay upright because it was so slippy. Even the police man comments on how shocking the road conditions were.
When I eventually made it to Dundee, the police were actually stopping cars as they left Dundee to inform them of the conditions ahead. Very nice to see some common sense policing!
What a nice, I eventually made it come at 2330! So guys, please take care out there, the road conditions can change in a flash just because the surface has changed.