I was forced by threat of plague to abandoned my New Year's vacation plans and head home early with my two nephews and niece squeezed into the back seat of the car. We had to drive through freezing rain and ice for about 7 hours of our whole 8 1/2 hour extended trip home - a trip that should be about 5 1/2 hours. Along the way we witnessed countless accidents and cars in the ditches. Oh, and for the record, Iowa stinks at sanding/salting roads. South Dakota and Missouri were great - on task and working hard.
Bad news: The whole trip took about 3 hours longer than normal.
Good news: averaging at break-neck speeds anywhere between 30 mph up to 55 mph, we made the trip on one tank of gas.