Winter. A time of Christmas cheer, snow, and… wrecks. Is there any way to go against the inevitable and not get in a car crash? Students at South share their tips for driving and their biggest fears on the ice.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, in 2009 there were 18,597 crashes during the winter. In the summer, however, there was only 17,976. Why is there such an increase? According to city-data.com, the weather plays a part and, of course, the holidays are a factor, as well.
“There is a huge increase of people driving during the holidays,” said Emma Cahill, sophomore. “They’re rushing for sales and they don’t know how to drive. Idiotic people!”
These “idiotic people” cause some major problems on the road. So major, as a matter of fact, that some students are afraid to get behind the wheel.
“My biggest fear with driving would be rolling. That would suck, horribly,” Joey Dunn, sophomore, said.
Cahill said her biggest fear would definitely be spinning off the road and flying out of the window, whereas Emily Quigley, senior, said she is not afraid of anything.
“I have no fear!” Quigley said.
So, whether you are fearless or paranoid, these simple tips should help you be more safe while driving in Kansas City’s “Winter Wonderland”.
1. Drive slow- (Quigley) If you drive over the speed limit, then your car will be more likely to swerve and go out of control. Make sure to go the speed limit or under to control your car.
2. Stop sooner- (Rachel Carroll, sophomore) Stopping abruptly can cause you to slip. If you stop slower and sooner, you will be more likely to avoid this issue.
3. Have weight on your wheels- (Robbie Matthisesen, junior) Smaller cars have no weight on their wheels, causing them to spin even when you stop. If you put sand bags on top of them, then it will help stop this.
“I hate small cars for this reason,” Matthisesen said.
4. Use four-wheel drive, if possible-(Matthisesen) Just in case if one of the wheels slip, you have the other wheels to keep you on course.
5. Don’t crash-(Dunn) Well, that’s obvious, but a lot of truth in it. Crashing could cause serious injuries, including being paralyzed, and even death.