Driving in an Ice Storm

@Dalane (709)
United States
December 28, 2015 7:31pm CST
The tornado that has recently devastated parts of Texas has effects reaching as far as northern Illinois. All day we had driving ice/rain/snow as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. Winds were gusting at 50-60- miles and hour. Driving in this type of weather is terrible even if you have a short trip. All I had to do was drive five miles home from work. This turned into such a fiasco just getting my car ready for the drive. First, I couldn't get into my car as the doors froze. Once I finally got in, I started the heater to warm it up as I brushed off the snow and ice off the windshield. I practically needed an ice pick. Once in the car, I turned on the windshield wipers and found that they were frozen in place. Then I had to get out and chisel them free. By this time I was drenched with fingers frozen to the bone. Once I finally got on the road, I could barely see as my windows kept fogging. I had ice on my wipers, so had to get out and take the ice off of them. And the roads-- don't get me started on that. Normally, I love winter, but this I could do without. God bless those in Texas and around the Midwest that were hit by the tornado. What I experienced was nothing compared to what they went through. Are you feeling the storm?
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@TheHorse (43508)
• Pleasant Hill, California
4 Jan 16
I hate it when the wipers are frozen in place. Time for the "chisel."
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@fishtiger58 (27181)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Dec 15
I certainly am feeling the storm as I also live in northern Illinois. I am about 50 miles south of Chicago.
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@kevin1877uk (35517)
29 Dec 15
I hope you don't get it, the weather bad everywhere it seems.
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@tallawah (6087)
• Kingston, Jamaica
29 Dec 15
Boy, that was very scary...
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@IreneVincent (13059)
• United States
31 Dec 15
Ice is worse than snow when it comes to driving. Sounds like you really had a bad time of it. Glad you got home safe. I have been caught out in bad weather a couple times. It's really terrifying. I'm glad I'm retired now and don't have to go out in bad weather. I usually just hibernate in the winter. We've not had any bad weather yet. It's been extremely warm for this time of the year. But, I fear that winter will some eventually.
@Dalane (709)
• United States
1 Jan 16
It was unseasonably warm for a while due to El Nino. Then winter hit and it hit hard. Hope it''s not too bad near you.
@celticeagle (104227)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
I do not envy you at all. I am retired now and I don't go out at all. I quit driving this year in the spring. I have heard that pouring onion juice over the windshield can reduce the amount of ice that builds on the windshield. I know there are products you can get. Also, I wonder if you could put something, at least on the driver's door, in that would reducing it from freezing closed.
@Dalane (709)
• United States
29 Dec 15
Thanks for this advice. I never heard of that before.
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@poehere (10176)
• French Polynesia
29 Dec 15
Wow some were complaining about winter not getting there and now you have a first hand winter there on your hands. I'm glad I don't live in a place where it freezes and there is snow on the ground like this. I like to see it for a day or two but would hate to deal with this day in and out for months on end. Not a fun way to spend 3 or 4 months for me.
@Dalane (709)
• United States
29 Dec 15
I actually like winter (it's so pretty) except for a few of the nastier days like this one.
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@amnabas (9655)
• Karachi, Pakistan
29 Dec 15
No we have nice warm weather here no storm thank God.