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Ford F-150 Goes For Wild Ride On Slick Icy Road In Tennessee: Video

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Over the last week or so, historically bad winter weather has plagued a large percentage of the United States, blessing its citizens with sub-zero temperatures and plenty of ice and snow, even in areas that don’t typically enjoy such conditions. That includes Franklin, Tennessee, which was recently treated to enough ice to make driving virtually impossible, as this Ford F-150 owner quickly discovered the hard way.

According to WCVB news, the owner of this Ford F-150 – Adam Schwegman – was heading out to pick up up his daughter after she participated in a sleepover at a friend’s house. The roads apparently didn’t look bad, but as is often the case, there was a rather thick sheet of ice awaiting him. After backing out of the driveway, Schwegman’s pickup suddenly starting sliding down his street, which is quite steep.

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The Ford F-150 continued to slide an estimated (and appropriate) 150 yards before it finally came to a stop at the bottom of the hill – not too far from a parked vehicle. Somehow, Schwegman didn’t hit a single thing on his way down, including that parked car, though he admittedly braced himself for what he thought was going to be an unavoidable impact.

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Luckily, Schwegman’s home security camera captured the whole thing, which we couldn’t help but watch several times over. Also rather luckily, he was able to pick up his daughter safely, though when he arrived home, he parked at the bottom of the street and walked back rather than try to tackle it by driving uphill.

If nothing else, this footage is a good reminder of just how unpredictable driving on ice can be. Even if we can’t see the slippery stuff, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. So perhaps when apocalyptic weather strikes as it has the last few days, maybe we should just stay home instead of trying to drive around in it.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Most people don’t realize that concrete is more porous than blacktop. Therefore asphalt can be much more smooth with a thin layer of ice.

  2. “ Also rather luckily, he was able to pick up his daughter safely, though when he arrived home, he parked at the bottom of the street and walked back rather than try to tackle it by driving uphill.”

    I had a similar thing happen Christmas night. I could not get up the access road to my driveway, so, rather than just driving off and finding a hotel, I parked and tried to get up the hill on foot. I fell twice, and hard. I am old enough to have had parents who drive new Hudsons, so the falls did a lot of damage. I just finished recovering from it.

  3. @Bingo, 4×4 is very useful. Unfortunately, not with ice. It’s the inexperienced drivers who think a 4×4 makes you invincible that are the danger. This driver should have walked the roads in front of their house a bit before that escapade.

  4. The trick would be to have the wherewithal of getting onto that grass and sidewalk as soon as possible. Sit there until the big thaw comes later in the day. The daughter can make other arrangements to get back home.

  5. I love how there are comment boxes under any video in every forum. Without these boxes, every genius (which is everyone) wouldn’t have a place to post how much smarter they are than everyone else and to let everyone know that they NEVER make bad decisions that they later regret. I will continue to strive for perfection since you’ve all reminded me that it’s clearly achievable. Thank you

  6. That’s not a wild ride. Try hitting a patch of black ice at 60 mph, then keep it between the ditches, that is a “wild ride” been there done that, but not my first rodeo either I don’t live in Tennessee so that makes a difference.

  7. I think you have to forgive the guy for the escapade. This is an area that doesn’t get this kind of weather very often so it was unexpected. And really did a good job of not making any aggressive adjustments which he would have definitely hit something. Nice truck!

  8. I was a tank commander for several years. Let me tell you that a tank will slide on ice just like that truck did. Four wheel drive doesn’t necessarily help you stop, but 4×4 and AWD is far better than FWD in the winter.
    Rear wheel.drive is next to worthless.

    • Not much driving to do. The motion after putting it in drive was sliding sideways down the hill. There wasn’t even one foot of forward movement. The only reason he didn’t hit anything is because nothing was on the road. We have no ide what happened once he got out of frame.

  9. I used to live in Alaska and we Alaskans are prepared for most any types of conditions. Studs on your tires are the best solution

    • Studded tires aren’t an option in southern states. The smart move is to just stay home and wait for the roads to clear. Its always just a very temporary condition, not months, like Alaska. It really doesn’t even make sense in Anchorage, but it did in Fairbanks where I lived.

  10. The funny thing is, we deal with this weather on a regular basis in Minnesota, we hardly use snow tires, and we hardly ever have these kind of issues. Driving on ice is easy, don’t hard brake, use your gas to position your ass end slowly, and don’t jerk react. I mean we drive on frozen solid lakes every winter, EVERY WINTER!

    • That’s kind of the point. You live in a place that’s used to these conditions. Texas drivers rarely see them and that’s why these things happen. Only a moron thinks driving on ice is easy. It requires skills that must be learned. I drove on frozen lakes and rivers in Alaska. Its not like it required a lot of precision driving.

  11. I guess someone who lives in Tennessee would call this a wild ride. Sliding sideways down the street is a non story. How about sliding. Jumping the curb. Slamming into a tree and tumbling down the bank into the creek?? Now that’s a story. Oh. Then he puts it in four wheel drive and drives down the creek to get back on the road.

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