How to drive in ice

The roads were a little icy this morning – more so than they have been in our last few little fits of winter. How bad? It took me about four minutes to get my truck door open because of the ice.

I took extra time to make it in to work – 50 minutes for what normally would be 25 – but I made it in safe. (Happy MLK to those that aren’t working today.)

That said, several of my North Texas brethren found there way into ditches, medians, and guardrails. Why? I suspect it’s because they don’t know how to drive in ice.

But, Kevin, you drive a truck that has rear-wheel drive, weighs over three tons, and puts all of that weight in the front. Isn’t that a recipe for ice driving chaos?

Well, yes it would be for most; however, I have read Shelley’s tips on how to drive on ice. Maybe you should, too.

When driving on ice, go as fast as you can. Not only will this decrease the chances of your tires getting stuck to the road, the friction from your quickly rotating tires will help melt the ice underneath you. Now it may not look like this as you drive, but that’s just because the ice freezes up again once you’re past. However, you can follow other cars as closely as possible and benefit from their tire ice melt effect.

When you stop, stop suddenly. This allows your tires to build up heat in front of them and that’ll melt the ice, enabling you to come to a safe stop.

Same with going around corners — go as fast as you can, and try and jerk the wheel as hard as possible. Doing this will cause your tires to “bite” into the ice, and give you traction. If for some reason, though, you do find yourself slipping when you turn a corner, brake and yank the wheel, to get both a friction and a traction effect.

See? That’s all there is too it people! Of course, I can’t take credit for this advice, so if it works (or doesn’t work) for you – go talk to Shelley.

Seriously, though, neighbors – be safe out there.