Welp, yesterday was… an experience.
I woke up to my parents telling me that there was a random snow storm coming through and I should leave early. It was a small storm, but with the temperature suddenly dropping, there was a lot of ice build up. So instead of heading out at 7:15 for work, I left at 6:30. Then, I get calls from my parents right before I get to the highway. They informed me that the bridge that I go over has been closed, and the best thing I can do is just wait it out. At this point, I’m thinking Alright, I’ll get on the interstate and sit there until the bridge is open again. So that’s what I do. And I wait for an hour and a half! I had to call work and tell them I might be a few minutes late.
Finally traffic starts to move again. The bridge was down to one lane, so it was still slow. But that wasn’t the bad part. The bad part was that the entire bridge was covered in ice! So as I’m getting off, my car starts to slide. Keep in mind, this is my first time driving on ice this thick before. So I went from going straight in a lane, to sliding horizontally across two! I didn’t even have time to think about what I was going to do when my car suddenly straightened again. There was a good space between me and the person behind me, so luckily no one hit me while I slide. At that point, I just wanted to get going again, so I kept driving.
It wasn’t just the bridge that was icy; the whole interstate was covered! Everyone was going 25 mph or less so they didn’t wreck. I didn’t have any more problems until I got off at the exit and went a little ways. Before that, I was still in a kind of daze from what happened before. But once I started sliding again on the normal roads, I freaked out and had to pull over. I called my mom, bawling my eyes out. She told me to calm down and wait for the sun (which had decided to show itself) to melt some of the ice. I sat on the side for 15 minutes before moving again.
In order to get to work (which at this point, I’m super late), I have to take a left turn at an intersection. But what happens right before I get there? Two semi trucks crash into each other where I need to turn! So I went straight instead and turned around at a high school. I took a right in order to go around, but I wanted to make sure that I was going to get back onto the correct road. So I pull into a church parking lot. But guess what happens? I GET STUCK ON THE ENTRANCE RAMP!!! There was so much ice and snow that the car couldn’t move forwards or backwards.
I start freaking out again, and called my dad. I was afraid that I would have to call the police, but he told me to sit tight. He was going to come up and help. Again, I sat there for 15 minutes, with people stopping and asking me if I’m ok. I called work again and told them that I was going to be extremely late, and surprising I wasn’t the only one. As I’m watching YouTube videos to calm down, a salt truck drives by and starts spraying around my car. I assume that one of the people who stopped called them and asked them to come. He parked at the top of the ramp and walked down to me, telling me to try to move. And my car went forward! So I thanked him and parked in a spot to call my dad. He was almost where I was, and I felt so bad, but he said that as long as I’m safe, it’s ok. I finally made it to work, listening to Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ play on the radio.
I’ve taken a few things away from this. You never know what’s going to happen when driving on ice. If the car starts to slide, let it try to correct itself. Trying to break is sometimes NOT the best thing to do. And above all, DON’T DO WHAT I DID AND FREAK OUT!
There are a few places here in the US still dealing with heavy snow right now, so I really shouldn’t be complaining. But if you’re someone stuck in the middle of it, I hope you are staying safe and keeping warm!