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Safe Driving Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

By: Carissa Zawiski and Peyton Gelinger/Sophomore Writers

Here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it’s no secret that the roads are hard to drive on in the winter, especially during poor weather. Luckily, there are many tips to help driving through the snow, sleet, and ice. While driving through snow, the American Automobile Association suggests drivers to, “…accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly is the best method for re-gaining traction and avoiding skids.” 

When asked what precautions she takes driving on bad roads, junior, KayLeen Conklin, responded with, “Drive slower, leave more time to travel places. I warm my truck up earlier to make sure the windshield is fully defrosted. I also keep a snow/ice scraper in my truck, use 4-wheel drive in tough places, and pump my brakes rather than pushing steadily (this prevents slipping).”

Conklin also added that some good advice for new drivers would be, “don’t be afraid of driving slow, because in the long run, you would much rather be late than be injured.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Association, some general tips that drivers can follow during poor weather conditions are, “before driving your vehicle, clear snow ice or dirt from the windows, the forward sensors, headlights, taillights, backup camera, and any other sensors around the vehicle.”

Even drivers that are more experienced with driving also have a rough time traveling on bad roads. Spanish teacher, Lucrecia Jesse shared some precautions that she takes. “I always have snow tires, I do not speed, and I do not listen to the radio so that I can listen to my tires reacting to the road conditions.”  Another tip of advice that she gives is to take your time!

The Safe Motorist also gives tips on driving in Wintry conditions. They suggest that, “when the roads are slick and icy, a good tip to keep in mind is to avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel, and to pump your brakes gently when stopping. Try to avoid locking the brakes on ice because it can cause a loss of control and steering.”

If you would like to know more about safe driving tips in the bad weather check out these websites:

https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/winter-driving-tips/#.XAqVFoFKjnE

https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-safety

https://www.safemotorist.com/

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Peyton Gelinger
Peyton Gelinger
Peyton Gelinger is a senior in High School. She is a player for the blue ridge Lady raiders varsity  volleyball team and a competitive dancer. When she is not busy doing her school work along with sports Peyton loves to spend time with her family and friends. She planes to attend college to major is Sociology / Human services At Indiana University Of Pennsylvania. 
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