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Navigating Winter Roads: A Guide to Teen Driver Safety

Rosemary Surroz
Paterson Road on a typical winter morning

Winter driving introduces a host of challenges, particularly for those who are relatively new to the roads. Drawing from the experiences of a sophomore at PHS with a fresh license, Sydney Foss, here’s a comprehensive guide to enhancing general safety during the colder months.
Sydney underscores the significance of winter-ready tires, recommending specific types tailored for improved traction on icy roads. “It’s a game-changer,” she notes, “keeping essentials like an ice scraper, windshield cover, and defroster fluid within easy reach ensures you’re prepared to tackle frosty challenges head-on.”
Acknowledging the fear often associated with winter driving, Sydney suggests a proactive approach. “Practice controlled slides in an empty parking lot with a more experienced driver,” she advises. This hands-on experience builds confidence in handling slippery conditions, turning fear into a skillset.
You can extend this confidence-building strategy by adjusting your driving speed according to road conditions. “Driving slower and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles is crucial,” Sydney emphasizes. “In snowy conditions, double the regular following distance provides an added layer of safety.”
To combat distractions, Sydney shares her strategy. “Keep your phone stored in a secure location, like the center console, unless using it for navigation purposes.” Furthermore, she recommends, “Consider limiting the number of passengers in the car; fewer distractions contribute to a safer driving environment.”
Taking a few minutes to let your car warm up and defrost the windshield before hitting the road is a practice Sydney swears by for optimal visibility. “It’s a small step,” she remarks, “but it makes a significant difference in ensuring a clear view.”
As highlighted by Sydney, incorporating these general safety tips into your winter driving routine creates a comprehensive approach to navigating winter roads. By being prepared, building confidence, and minimizing distractions, you safeguard yourself and contribute to a safer driving environment for everyone on the road.

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Rosemary Surroz
Rosemary Surroz, Staff Member
Hey there! I'm a math-loving sophomore and the video editor for the newspaper. I believe that reporting on current events is super important. When I'm not crunching numbers, you can find me exploring my creative side in the school film club. Let's make a positive impact and spread knowledge together!
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