Snow Driving Essay

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Imagine heading home down the highway on a cold winters evening, the snow is coming down hard making it almost impossible to see. While you are just trying to get home safely, it seems like everyone else around is either bumper to bumper or flooring it down the road; some cars have their headlights burnt out while others seem to barely have working brake lights; the most frosting thing to see are the people who just do not use turn signals. Suddenly, the person in front of you hydroplanes, this causes their car to swerve out and do a 180 degree turn. Now that car is stalled in the middle of the highway facing you straight on. The most common avoidance that people use would be to just slam on the brakes and hope that they stop in time. Sadly, …show more content…
Because of this instinct of survial, everyone packs up on food and clothing; they make sure there are candles, firewood, and flashlights in case of emergencies, but what they never worry about are the dangers of driving during the snow storm. Driving may seem like something that is already well known throughout our communities, but does the average person really understand what it takes to be a good driver with split second decisions? Everyone always thinks that they are the perfect driver, but when it comes to accidents more Americans die than Europeans (Bernasek), the laws regarding what cars we can actually drive are more lenient, and even the driving tests here could not compare to the ones in Europe …show more content…
The tires could have been worn, the brake pads grinded down, possibly even bad wiper blades that made it hard to see; any one of these excuses are possibilities for an accident just waiting to happen. Only around 2 percent of all car accidents in the US are related to mechanical failure, which may not seem like much but that is still 44,000 waiting accidents driving around the US at any given point (NHTSA 1). This is not including recall or manufacturer defects, but owner neglect like worn tires or brakes. In the United States there is not much regulation on how the vehicles are kept; other than burnt out bulbs. The only constant check on cars in the United States is for emissions, and every state has the option to opt in to checking the cars or

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