Commuter Crossing: Driving in ice and snow

CommuterCrossing-nameHi, my name is Waldy Diez, a senior journalism student and news director at Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.  I’m a third-year commuter from Hammonton, a 40-minute commute.  I will be writing weekly articles with helpful hints about the commuting lifestyle. Whether it be taking care of your car or how to get involved on campus, I’ve got you covered.

As we start the new school year, we are welcomed with classic South Jersey winter weather: snow and ice.  From afar, it looks all nice and shiny, but driving in it is another beast all together.  If possible, try to avoid driving in hazardous conditions, which we all know is not an option when there are classes in session. Take these precautions for safe winter driving.

Wake up an extra 20 minutes early. It helps a lot because defrosting and cleaning a car can sometimes take up to 15 minutes.  It is also important because the roads are icy, and you need to drive slowly in the snow. Leaving early from a destination will help ensure you arrive on time.

Pump your brakes. It may seem silly, but this is the safest way to stop a moving vehicle in icy conditions.  Applying full force to brakes will make you lose traction and skid.

Make sure there is at least a two-car gap in following distance.  This may also seem silly, but everyone’s brakes work differently, especially under wintry conditions.  If the person in front of you stops suddenly, you should have enough time to react and stop without causing a pile-up behind you.

Driving in snow and ice requires more patience than people realize, but that’s the problem because people don’t know to take these extra precautionary steps.  By doing these extra steps, you are not only driving for yourself, but for others as well. Be safe and drive on.

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