We drove from London to Cheshire on Saturday, about 190 miles door to door. We contemplated taking the train but were loaded with food and presents and I didn't fancy the drive on xmas eve so we left home at 0630 the day before. Out of London and on the M1 by 0645 and knocking on my SiL's door in Wilmslow at 1015 after a half hour break at Norton Canes. That's probably about as fast as you can reasonably expect to make that journey without being silly. Coming back yesterday was another matter. We left at 1130 and got home at 1900! The snow in the Midlands created havoc on the M1 so I tried dropping down the A43 through Towcester and Silverstone to the M40. Big mistake. Everyone else had the same idea and we just got caught at the end of the A43 for an hour. The M40 was reasonably clear into London but by then the damage was done. We did stop twice, probably for 1.5 hours in total but it was still a pretty brutal journey. Anyone else get caught by the weather?