How to Navigate the Challenges of Winter Driving

Janice Kwon and Andre Ramirez

Why is it dangerous to drive in the winter? For one thing, the roads are often slippery and difficult to navigate due to snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. These can be leading to a high risk of accidents, especially for those who are not used to driving in these conditions. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the number of fatal car accidents increases by an average of 17% during the winter months. Additionally, The NHTSA estimates about 25% of car crashes are weather-related, with a majority of these occurring during the winter.

Currently, students, teachers, and staff are experiencing the hazards of driving in the snow.

“My car slides due to the ice, so it’s inconvenient to drive with the worry of potential sliding,” Mohammed Aboul-Foul, junior, said. He offered advice for other drivers who worry about this as well.

” Go 5 mph below the speed limit and be attentive to others to avoid any type of accident,” said Aboul-Foul.

Another student shared his experience and a tip on winter driving.

” It’s really hard to see in the snow while driving, especially on the highway since you’re going at a high speed,” said Liang Luo, junior.

He offered this advice; “Always have your headlights on so other cars can see you.”

Finally, Kathryn Taylor, an English teacher, wanted all of the students to know one important tip,

“Drive like everyone around you is an idiot.”