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Ice Driving: You’re Doing It Wrong

Posted in driving, FAIL, Funny, Funny Videos, Videos by Kurt Ernst | December 1st, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Eclipse on Slick Driveway FAIL!

Take a front wheel drive car on all season radials, add a layer of ice to the street and to your driveway, then teach yourself how to drive on slick surfaces. When you do get the car up the driveway, be sure nothing is behind you as you slide backwards into the street. I’ve always heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result. Based on that definition, this driver is clearly insane.

Want to know how to handle conditions like this? First, salt, sand, grit or kitty litter is your friend. Throw it down on the ice in the driveway, otherwise all you’re going to do is slide backwards as soon as you lock the brakes. Less wheelspin would probably be a good thing as well, so try starting in second gear instead of first. Since you’re driving a front wheel drive car, you’ll actually get better traction if you try backing up the driveway instead of pulling forward up it. You need some kind of traction first, which this car simply doesn’t have. Bald tires? Summer only tires? Cheap tires? It’s hard to say, but if you live where conditions get this bad (the video is from Minnesota), winter tires are a “must have” item and not a luxury.

Sometimes you need to know when to admit defeat. If you can’t get traction, do you really think that sitting in the road, perpendicular to traffic, is a good idea? Think there may be a chance that other drivers would have a similar problem, and maybe hit you broadside? I’d have aimed for the snow on the lawn, which would give you better traction than glare ice. In conditions like this, parking it on the sidewalk would have worked, too.

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3 Responses

  1. […] When you do get the car up the driveway, be sure nothing is behind you as you slide backwards […]Read more… Categories: Uncategorized Tags: FAIL, Lotus Elise Review Everyday, Slick […]

  2. I never knew cars rolled back because of ice! I actually almost forgot that cars also roll back on hills, I almost got in a car accident a few weeks ago coming out of an underground parking lot because my car kept rolling back but I couldn’t accelerate because people would walk on the sidewalk where the exit was (on an incline). It was very scary!

    You should post videos of people attempting to parallel park in a narrow space; there are some really funny ones on youtube. One was of a lady attempting to parallel park for 20 min but with her car never going in but always diagonal with the front or back sticking out. Those are really funny “fail” videos.

  3. Kurt Ernst says:

    TR, I’ve seen that video and may have posted it a while back. It’s also the definition of insanity – like somehow the car will park itself if the driver keeps doing the same thing.