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Trapped between ice and a hard place... [Jan. 15th, 2007|11:21 am]
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Hilly, and/or curving, roads that are solid sheets of ice are perfect representations of my biggest nightmares.

Going slower than normal, and being careful (and being able to pull out of a minor skid), just aren't enough, especially on the hills. If your brakes won't keep your car stopped, all you can do is accelerate down the hill, without adequate control, and hope like hell you hit better traction before you run into real trouble.

You can't count on being careful to protect you without some additional precautions.

Bring along some rock salt, and you won't be trapped for too long in a small space. Bring along tire chains, and, if you have a chance, you can probably avoid much of the difficulties.

Which is an object lesson to me; as soon as I can leave my apartment, I'm going out to get some chains, and probably a bag of rock salt, if I can find it.

But right now, I can't leave my apartment. You see, I have two choices. The small, semi-scary-when-iced hill, and the big, long, "you've got to be frickin' kidding me" hill. The semi-scary one is one I could probably get through, assuming I can

1) thread a needle through the two vehicles that are already stuck there - certainly easily possible, if the roads were dry and
2) not hit a patch of ice that locks my front tires (front wheel drive) in place.

But I'm not going to chance it. I called in sick to work after a stress-induced headache kept me from sleeping most of last night (two close calls; one would merely have required AAA; the second required a very carefully turnaround and an alternate route selection to avoid a downhill ice rink). I don't know if we'll achieve a thaw today; I'm not even sure if we'll have a thaw by early tomorrow. Late tomorrow, they're predicting mid-40s for the high. Also snow... but I can hope that it's going to be flurries.
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2007-01-15 08:13 pm (UTC)
eek. (I know the hills whereof he speaks. *shudder*)

I finally scraped off the car yesterday and went to the library, but that's all flat. A friend and I were thinking of hitting the JoAnn's sale in Silverdale, for fabric to do slipcovers on my sofa, but she just called - a) she's without power again and was stoking the fire, and b) she's up on a hill in Hansville that is at least as bad as yours.

Stay warm and safe, OK?

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[User Picture]From: iamjw
2007-01-15 10:37 pm (UTC)
Good choice - I made the same one. I can and will drive in snow but the best driver in the world can get taken out by ice.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2007-01-15 11:27 pm (UTC)
I am perfectly happy to drive in snow, rain, gloom of night, jammed freeways, narrow country lanes, death-defying mountain roads, Boston traffic (OK, not *that* happy to drive in Boston). Ice -- particularly that kind of pure slick all-over-the-road ice -- is a different matter. Ice is a signal from God to stay home and drink hot chocolate. One of my private terrors is *walking* on ice. Driving is considerably more dangerous.
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