Winter brings risky travel

Stephanie Toone

As students were returning to the Hill last Thursday, a quarter of an inch of snow blanketed Bowling Green. The storm gave student motorists a crash course on driving during severe weather.

The Weather Channel reported that temperatures dropped to 26 degrees that night which made road conditions difficult.

The weather was a clear sign that winter is officially here.

With the chance of snow and sleet in the future, motorists must be sure to take special precautions when driving on the slick roads, campus police Capt. Mike Wallace said.

Wallace said the major mistake drivers make is not allowing enough time to drive in winter weather.

“People are too much in a rush,” he said. “The worst thing that can happen is getting there early.”

Wallace said getting rest at night will allow extra time in the morning to warm up the car and get to the destination safely.

Rest is also important to the driver at night.

“Getting rest at night helps drivers stay alert because it gets dark early,” Wallace said.

Nashville sophomore Vince Villescaz experienced the ice and snow-coated roads first hand Thursday night.

“I was coming from work, and I’m going up the Hill in front of Thompson,” he said. “I couldn’t even make it up the Hill, so I had to park my car and walk to a friend’s house.”

Villescaz said motorists should take a route on a flat, main road when driving in winter weather.

Motorists must also protect their cars and themselves to ensure a safe trip.

Wallace said keeping solvent in windshield wiper fluid helps the motorists keep a clear view when driving through snow and freezing rain.

He also said that a full tank of gas can be condensed with moisture in the winter season. He encourages motorists to use antifreeze to prevent frozen tanks. A full inspection of the car especially before long trips can prevent problems.

“Pull into the gas station and check the antifreeze, battery and lights,” he said.

Winchester freshman Libby Worthington said she felt the driver’s mindset is most important.

“People freak out in the snow,” she said. “That’s why a lot of accidents happen.”

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