Thanks to two early season snow and ice storms, the gravel driveway uphill to my property is covered with an inch of half-melted snow, turning to ice, with solid ice ruts where I have driven. After a hard freeze a few days ago, the ice no longer compacts under the wheels of my truck, so I have absolutely NO control when going out. I turn the wheels, and the truck keeps going straight in the ruts. My neighbor used to keep his truck parked across the road at the head of my driveway, but fortunately he hasn't for the past few days, because I would have nailed him as I slid out into the road this morning. Coming home this afternoon, my 4 wheel drive truck almost didn't make it up the driveway. Absolutely no traction whatsoever in the ice ruts, and almost no traction in the snow. Close to the entire driveway is rutted now that I have been using it for most of the past week. I could drive on the margins, skirting the ditch, but then that section would freeze solid as well, making the entire driveway slick and treacherous, even for foot traffic. This is my first time having to deal with a hockey rink for a driveway. It hasn't been this bad in the five years I have been here. What is the best way to remedy this situation? I was going to spread some sand on the driveway this afternoon, but all the sand I have on hand is frozen into a solid block. I did manage to find some lime to spread on the driveway with a seed-spreader. Hopefully that was better than nothing and won't cause any damage. The problem area of my driveway is about thirty feet long. How much salt would I need to treat that section of driveway? Would sand even work in increasing traction, or would that just be spinnig my wheels? I could just park at the head of my driveway and walk up to my house, except I am recovering from knee surgery and am afraid that I might tear my knee up further if I slip on the ice walking down to my truck in the dark. Chains might work as well, except that the paved roads are clear, so I would need to stop my truck to take the chains off, at 5 am, with a bad knee. Winter hasn't even BEGUN yet, and it feels like fargin' February here in Virginia.