Driving Safe and Staying Warm


Cody Heifner, Staff Member

The forecast for this week calls for the introduction of Winter, in the form of freezing weather, into our school year. It’s important for those who drive to drive safely and for people to stay warm. The roads could be slippery due to possible ice and drivers are warned to be cautious in their commutes. AAA recommends driving slowly, always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice. Students and teachers must also be aware that slamming on the gas or brakes on a slippery road will cause skids. AAA also recommends to accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

Along with that, knowing your brakes are important. AAA says to keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Since the roads are slippery with ice, stopping fully at a stoplight can be difficult or impossible sometimes. It is also recommended also says to be aware of the inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

Staying warm is the winter is also important for both comfort and the mental performance of a student or teacher. One of the best things to wear in the winter is wool clothing, Home.BT.Com recommends clothing made up of a complex web of fibers. And although down is actually the material with the best insulation-to-weight ratio. 

The site also suggests wearing layered clothing, three being a good number, this also applies to socks as your feet tend to get cold fast. Along with that, students should hear thick gloves because like feet, hands are usually the first to get cold. 

Students should consider hearing something for their ears: ear muffs work best, but jackets with hoodies also work. Though students must remember to put their hoods down when entering the building.