Back in the day most residential streets were not plowed and the snow packed streets would get icy. A favorite activity was hitching or skitching a ride by grabbing the bumper of a car and sliding behind the car on the icy street.
You snuck up on the car and grabbed the bumper without the driver knowing. Sometimes the driver would become aware of you and swing out to get you off the car, or to give you more fun, or both.
You could just do this with your shoes, or wear skates. We also did it with bikes which was harder. And now the kids do it with skates or skateboards.
Sometimes our fathers or older brothers would let us hitch a ride. Lots of fun - not very safe - but fun.