How the Snow is Costing the Country Billions
<img >The snow that seems to be falling in increasingly frequent blizzards is costing the British government millions of dollars every day. You’ll often see statistics that explain exactly how much the country is estimated to have cost for everyday that snow closes road, trains are delayed, and airport are shut. But where do these numbers come from, or more to the point why does snow cost a country so much money?
Heavy snow is incredibly disruptive, especially when it comes to a country like Britain where the government is completely unprepared to deal with snow emergencies, and many days of snow fall. The government’s best solution is usually to simply spread grit all over the roads and explain that this freak weather is not something that can be dealt with through much real investment, but something that we just have to deal with and wait until it melts. My best solution to snow is to ride my horse to work and back (I’m lucky enough to have a field to leave my horse in near work), I mean I have to pay for horse insurance cover so I’d best take my horse out given the opportunity, and my employer is impressed when I’m the only one to get in in the morning. After all, it’s not every winter that Britain gets snow. But when it does the cost can be incredible. First of all there’s the obvious stuff. Snow causes many accidents. Cars crash into other cars, cars crash into building, buses lose their grip and crash through fences, and aeroplanes get frozen solid to the ice and require extensive repairs.
Then there’s the lost productivity of the workforce. Even with something like no deposit car insurance or a more expensive policy like import car insurance not everyone wants to risk heading out in the snow in their cars if the chance of breaking or causing damage to their car is very high. By not going to work, the economy loses money because stuff doesn’t get produced and no profits are made on that day. More strange effects of the snow include things like tourists cancelling holidays to the U.K. which would have brought more money to Britain’s shores.
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