Ice, Ice, Baby; Traction On Ice

ice on the roadWhen snow melts and freezes, guess what you get? That’s right: ICE!

Charlie went to the grocery yesterday. The roads were fine, but our driveway? Not so much. It’s gravel, see? So when the snow melts, all the little gravels turn into tiny little cups-o’-stone filled to the brim with water. And the water turns into solid cold H2O, aka freakin’ ICE.

So he got out fine. He got back fine. He pulled in here at Mom’s to drop off some bread and milk, and I thought he was going to have to move in. When he left, I watched him out of the window and he couldn’t get any traction. His wheels spun and whizzed. He tried backing and forwarding, backing and forwarding. He finally got some purchase and off he went.

Boo hoo. I wish he had had to move in.

What could he have done to get going on that ice a little sooner?

Well, he could have asked me to come out and push. Ha ha on that.

He could have come in and taken some cardboard or newspaper and put it on the ice behind and in front of the tires and used that to get some purchase.

He could have come in and taken some cat litter and put it on the ice behind and in front of the tires and used that to get some purchase.

So, there you have it: two good ways to get traction on ice. Trying to get me to push is not one of the two.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character gets stuck on the ice.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Ice, Ice, Baby; Traction On Ice

  1. Jane

    January 30, 2014 at 10:46am

    Yeah, my house on Coral was like that. The driveway NEVER thawed. It was not exposed to the sun during winter at all.

    Once, during an icestorm, I tried to get down from the parking pad up top off the alley down to the front door. I tried to stick to the frozen grass. Friend, it was no good. The grass was no longer crunchy enough to gain purchase. Strangely, I had an old bathmat in the car (don’t know why), one of those old ones with the rubbery back. Desperate, I pulled it out, spread it on the graound, and wow! did it ever stay put. I put my feet on each end and waddled all the way down the hill. Didn’t fall down once. Didn;t look very elegant. 😉

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      Marian Allen

      January 30, 2014 at 10:49am

      LOL! Brilliant! And I’m sure you looked more elegant than you would have, sliding down on your fundament.

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