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Ice Road Jeepers

February 21, 2014 - Karin Elton
My daughter and I (she was driving) were in the Jeep last night on Baseline Road, stopping at the stop sign before entering Highway 23 going east. There was a bank of cars down the road following a couple of big snowplow/sanders. My daughter entered the road, but the tires wouldn’t grip and seemed to stay in place. She hit the accelerator a little harder to get away from the now fast- approaching bank of vehicles.

Wooo! We lost control of the car and it went this way and that. Only a year or two out of driver’s ed, she knew to turn the wheel the opposite direction of the skid or into the skid I don’t know — I’m more than a year or two out of driver’s ed. We ended up doing somewhere between a 360 and a 180, so about a 270, we figured later.

A car stopped nearby and I waved her on. She kindly asked if we were all right and had a cellphone. I smiled and gave her the thumbs up. We were in a four-wheel drive vehicle and only had one wheel off the road, so I drove right out after the other vehicles passed by. (My daughter and I had thought it best to switch drivers.)

We were glad the other vehicles had been far enough away from our spin-out. Normally, in those kinds of situations you get an adrenalin rush, but I didn’t last night. My body is now, “ho-hum” because I’ve been in the ditch a time or two. That was before I learned to slow down when it’s icy out.

When we got home, I received a text from my other daughter that she is staying put where she is cuz she “spun around on the road.” I know the feeling.


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