14 thoughts on “Failure to park”

  1. Insanity = Doing the same thing over and over and over, and expecting a different result.

    I guess he thought the ice all melted and went away in that 60 seconds. Wonder how many hours this went on. And on. And on.

  2. Living through Minneapolis, Minnesota winters, I often had to park with at least one tire on my lawn, in order to maintain traction. It tears up the lawn a little, but at least you don’t have a car in the street.

  3. I don’t understand… in Houston my truck never slides down the driveway. Did someone put grease on it? It was 69 deg F today
    I don’t miss Boston, Detroit or St. Louis even a little bit this time of year.


  4. What is the solution? Do you hose the drive to melt the ice or through some snow down to give some grip? This is so far from my realm of experience!

    • Drive up the driveway on a diagonal perhaps? I don’t know if that will work or not but seems worth a try rather than doing nothing different over and over thinking it will magically work one time.

      • Maoman & Joe– No, then the car will just do an arc back into the street instead of straight down. And no, it doesn’t matter if you have two back tires on pure ice, two front tires, or all-wheel drive, if it’s a glaze of pure ice, there IS no traction under any wheel. That’s seen proven when you see 4-wheel drives flipped on a highway or piled into another car in an ice storm. They THINK they have traction on ice, but when they try to stop, all four wheels still have nothing to grip. There’s no solution. Studded tires might work, because they’d dig in like cleats, but depending on the thickness and hardness of the ice, you might just have metal studs sliding on ice instead of rubber sliding on ice, but in most states in the US they’re either illegal or restricted to a few certain months, due to the damage they cause to roads.

        Bitsy – No, throwing snow wouldn’t do a thing. Hosing the drive could help, depending on how cold it is and which way the temp is going. If it’s just below freezing and it will warm up later, that would work. If it’s extreme cold or the temp is dropping, no, that would be a waste of time and water and just thicken the ice sheet.

        Sand might work, salt would surely work but would take some time, maybe 15-30 minutes to melt it, depending on the temp. Even salt has a temp that it stops working at: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/road/frequentlyaskedquestions.htm#Q._What_are_the_limitations_of_road_salt?

        It’s ice. Think about walking on ice or on a slippery wet tile floor in leather soled shoes…there’s nothing you can do, except go somewhere else.

        He should have probably left it on the street (risking a ticket for blocking the snow plow/salt truck–there are parking restrictions in weather like that) or drove up to the corner and left it in a parking lot of a store or church or neighbor’s driveway.

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