Safely navigating wintry road conditions


The Appalachian Online

Laney Ruckstuhl

As winter approaches, students and professors are sometimes challenged with driving in the snow and ice when classes are not canceled.

Some students, such as sophomore electronic media broadcasting major Carrie Douglas, say they worry about their safety when driving around Boone and going on campus after 5 p.m., when parking restrictions do not apply.

“I’m from Illinois, so I’m used to driving in the snow, but even for me it is difficult to drive around Boone because it is very easy to slide on the ice,” Douglas said. “The ice is the main issue and I’d feel more comfortable on the AppalCART rather than my own car.”

Students worry that they sometimes do not have the ability to make it to campus unless taking the AppalCART, which stops running at 10 p.m.

“One thing about driving on slick roads is making sure you decelerate slowly and prepare for breaking by taking it easy on the road,” ASU Police Captain Todd Corley said.

Corley said there is a slight increase in fender benders and accidents on campus during these winter months.

“The main problem is cars being too close to each other,” he said. “There should be 8-12 seconds between each car.”

Corley also said drivers should concentrate on their acceleration and deceleration to prevent sliding.

If anyone has questions or concerns about driving in these conditions they can contact ASU police at 828-262-2150.

Story: Mary Wood, Intern News Reporter