• Dr. Herpy

Driving Safe in the Snow

Let’s face it. We live right next to a Great Lake. Whenever it snows, we either get light flurries or the blizzard of 77 in our backyard. Driving in the snow can be a stressful experience for first time drivers or even seasoned veterans. It depends on what type of car you drive. Four wheel drive or all-wheel drive cars are the best for a slippery road because all the wheels have power. Front wheel drive cars are the most common for a student. They are better for the snow since the front tires both have power, so when you are stuck in the snow you have the front wheel to get you out. Any rear wheel drive car is terrible for the winter. Not only do the back wheels not move when steering, but RWD cars get stuck in the snow more easily.

Another factor that plays into driving in the snow is knowing when to brake. Most drivers, when sliding across ice or a poorly plowed road, their first instinct is to brake. What you should do is coast. That means you do not have your foot on the accelerator or the brake. Whenever you brake when sliding, that creates a skid. You will start skidding on the road and feel your brake working against you; pushing back. After you feel your car stop slipping, then you can brake. Senior Jay Ohlsen said, “Driving in the snow is quite an experience. There is nothing like voyaging over the snowy terrain.” Always remember to buckle up Kenston and stay safe while driving.