Driving on Ice

 

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“I thought I was going to die when

we had to drive home in an ice storm

Last Christmas Eve, we spent it at my sister and brother-in-law’s house. We knew it was going to snow, but it was supposed to be a dusting. Hubby made the smart decision to drive us in his Jeep, just in case, even though a dusting was nothing. Boy were we wrong. It turned out to be more than that a dusting. It was an ice storm. I was terrified, heck even hubby who remains calm in these situations freaked out. Why did we drive on the highway? Well we didn’t realize how truly bad it was until we got on the highway, then we were done for.

We The highways were at a standstill as cars couldn’t drive on ice. There were accidents everywhere-some we saw the after affects and others we witnessed. Thankfully Dino slept through most of it. What was supposed to be a 40 min trip took 90 minutes. He woke up after an hour restless and cranky wanting to be home. I am sure he could see and feel how nervous we were and began to act out. I prayed to God that we did not get hit. Then I prayed to God if we did get hit, it would be only a tap and we could continue driving.

Hubby took the side roads knowing the highway would be a terrible mistake for us to stay on. Once again his decision was spot on. While the side roads were bad, very little people were on them, which made getting home a safer option. We didn’t have to worry about getting hit.

We somehow made it back to our town, but cars were stuck everywhere. I held on to the handle as Hubby nearly missed cars swerving all over, even trucks with four wheel drive were swerving and sliding on ice. I began praying to God again, pleading we would survive on impact, that Dino would be okay. Thankfully we made it home. After letting my parents and sister know we were safe, I read the town tweets and realized just how dangerous this storm was. I truly believe my Grandma was in that car with us keeping us safe.

What a way to end a Christmas Eve celebration. We sure were thankful to be alive and safe at home the next morning!

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 Have you ever been so scared for your life?  


Comments

Driving on Ice — 26 Comments

  1. I’ve driven most of my life on ice and I never get used to it. Which reminds me I need to get snow tires on my van 🙂

  2. That gave me goosebumps. I am so glad you guys made it home safe. I’m always so scared driving in “weather”. I had thunderstorms come barreling down on me. My husband always says to keep driving because you’ll drive right out of it. A few times that he wasn’t with me I just pulled over to a safe place and waited for it pass. I’d rather be behind it, than in it or with it right behind me.

    • I agree with you, when I’m alone or with Anthony, I pull over in heavy rains. I think hubby knew it would only get worse, so he wanted us out of there. I don’t know what I would have done without him.

  3. Wow, that is so so scary!!! I hate ice storms and driving on ice. It’s just horrifying and I am so glad that you made it home okay! I’d have been completely freaking out!!

  4. Yikes! I have driven in some pretty scary weather, too. Snow doesn’t bother me much, but ice is some scary stuff!

  5. I hate driving in the snow and ice. Last winter my husband went to see a customer in the middle of the snowstorm. I asked him to reschedule. He brushed me off, he drives in snow all the time, it would be fine. He needed to go. Well on his way home, he slid on some ice (the conditions were horrible) and while he was trying to correct, he was hit by a tractor trailer on the driver’s side. Both of them ended up in the ditch and my husband’s driver’s side door took a ton of the impact…it was dented in all the way to the steering wheel. In fact the whole truck was so bad, the adjustor thought they were going to have to total it…in the end they did not, but it was in the shop for weeks. The glass on his window collapsed in on him as well. Unbelievably, he walked away with only a scratch. And ridiculously, after getting his car out of the ditch, he opted to drive it home, continuing in the middle of a snowstorm with no window and an extremely damaged truck. It took him hours. But he wanted to get it home, rather than have it towed to repair shop so far away, and then have me come out in the snow to pick him up…crazy. Next time he has a trip like this in the middle of a snowstorm, maybe he’ll cancel.

  6. What a terrifying experience! Driving on ice is no joke. There’s really no safe way to do it. Though it sounds like your Hubby made some smart decisions. Glad to know everyone got home safely!

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