Sometimes it doesn't pay to try to be thrifty and save money. We have an agreement with the gentleman who plows our driveway that we only wnat it plowed if we get more than four inches of snow. As you may remember, we got a little less than four inches of snow about week ago - then it warmed up - not enough for the snow to melt, mind you, but just enough to make it slushy but still hold the shape of the car tires coming in and out of our driveway. Then we got a good cold snap and PRESTO! the tracks in the snow turned to rock hard ruts.
Now when we drive down the driveway, we have to drive extremely slow so that the tires stay in the groove that formed. driving too fast can cause you to suddenly fly out of the track and off into the trees! and the turn around area in front of the garage is like a war zone. the other night poor Kim got stuck in a rut that was no more than three inches deep but glare ice. I had to come out and we had to rock the car back and forth until it finally climbed out of the rut.
This morning Kim had to give our cleaning lady a heads up telephone call about the situation for fear of having her ending up in a head on collision with an oak tree!
So until we get that January thaw we are stuck (literally) with a battlefield driveway. Ah! Life in Cheesehead land!