STAFF EDITORIAL: Stay safe in treacherous weather

Staff Editorial

With the heavy snowfall and blustery weather we have recently received, it is safe to say that the roads are rather dangerous.

Local police officers have expressed that it is not worth it for people to be on the roads, unless they absolutely have to be somewhere.

We at The Daily Eastern News agree that no one should put themselves in danger and risk the possibility of a car accident if they do not have to.

Of course, there are people that have to be places, such as work, school and extracurricular activities.

Although we have seen larger amounts of snow and precipitation, this is still enough to cause danger, so we ask that if you have to be at a certain place that you be extremely careful and use caution at all times.

The roads are currently very slick, and several vehicles have collided and crashed because of this. Although certain parts of the roads may not look slick or covered in snow, looks can be deceiving.

They could easily still be slick, especially with the drop in temperature we are about to experience this week.

If you have to be at a certain place, please make sure to start your trek by scraping your windows.

If you do not use a window scraper, you are not going to be able to see the roads or see what is behind you, and this could easily cause a collision.

After doing this, make sure to drive slow and be aware of all of your surroundings.

Unfortunately, there will be times where you try to stop your vehicle, but you may slide and not be able to properly stop.

If this happens, they say it is best to pump your brakes, rather than push and hold down.

It is understandable for anyone to panic when this happens to them, but try to remember to pump rather than hold down, and you will safe yourself a lot of misery.

Also, be aware of pedestrians, especially on campus.

There are crosswalks for a reason, and while some of us tend to ignore them and fly through them, we should not do this, especially with the weather like it is right now.

The precipitation can cause us to have a hard time seeing the road, so it is always best to make sure you look both directions and see if anyone is walking before you continue driving your vehicle.

With the heavy snow on the ground, it is hard for anyone to decipher what is a parking spot and what is not.

We encourage you to be weary of this, and do your best to park your vehicle in a proper spot.

With all of this being said, we do not want to see anyone hurt or injured because of the weather, so just be careful and be smart about your choices on the road.

The Editorial Staff can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].