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Winter Driving Reflection

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Jan 28, 2019, was an interesting morning for me, and I’m sure it was the same for many others around the surrounding area. Monday morning, as the time was ticking down as school was about to start in some time, I was about to drive into Walton on 218 when I started to slide on the thick ice below my wheels. With my tires out of control and the panic running through my head, I turned the wheel frantically trying to get some control of the vehicle. I ended up going into a 360 degree spin on the road and ending up on the side of the road facing away from Walton. When the car stopped off the road, my first reaction was to make sure my sister was okay. We didn’t hit anything, but when thinking back to the short minutes behind us, I don’t remember spinning at all. Seconds later, a man, whom I didn’t know, stopped along the opposite side of the road to make sure we were okay and if he could help us. While he went back to his car to get some gloves, I got back in the car to tell my sister to call mom and tell her about what had just happened. Needless to say Abbey and I were only a little late to first period.

Driving in the winter conditions this year is no joke. The upperclassmen, including myself, that are driving now have never really had a real experience driving in this kind of weather. According to Google, the last time Indiana really had a big snow like this was the 2013-2014 season when the present day senior class here at Cass were merely little seventh graders.

I know that the next time I will be driving to school that I will be extremely careful. I think back and think to myself, ‘What if you DID hit something? What would you had done if something terrible happened? What if you got your sister hurt?’ As teenagers, we are automatically assumed that we are moody and don’t listen to our parents. Do we have moments like this? Sure, everyone has at one point or another, but I have a new outlook on not only driving, but life in general. Please don’t take opportunities and chances for granted. Listen to your parents because they have been around for a much longer time than you. They don’t say things to hurt you or bring you down, but they say things to keep you safe. So please, think for a moment and remember to be careful in whatever you do.

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10 Responses to “Winter Driving Reflection”

  1. Kelsey Wise on January 31st, 2019 12:00 pm

    I really life your article because I recently spun into a ditch on 218 as well and it is scary and the weather really takes a toll on people. It is so dangerous and as teenagers we are just learning to drive but most of us know that driving is not a joke. I really like your article.

  2. Jon Emmons on January 31st, 2019 10:48 pm

    This is a great article. This can be dangerous driving on roads that are ice.

  3. McKayla Thompson on February 1st, 2019 8:46 am

    Great article Lauren! I love how you described how most of us don’t have experience driving in this weather; it’s so true. I recently hit a curb after sliding on ice in Walton. It had scared me just like your experience. Keep up the good writing!

  4. Emily Cannon on February 4th, 2019 1:20 pm

    I really like how you described your experience on the road. Winter conditions are dangerous to drive in.

  5. Ephram Collins on February 4th, 2019 1:31 pm

    This is a good article! People need to know that ice is a lot more dangerous than people think.

  6. Brannyn Spencer on February 5th, 2019 2:43 pm

    The road conditions have been very concerning this year. I was in a drive through that has a slight hill and nearly slid into the building. I really like how you explained your personal experience you had with the bad weather. Hopefully this does not happen again or any time soon. Great article Lauren.

  7. Kenzie McLeland on February 7th, 2019 1:54 pm

    This article is great because people don’t really think ice is that dangerous.

  8. Aiden Martinez on February 7th, 2019 1:59 pm

    This article was very realistic as it brought the attention to a darker side of everyday life. It was also nice as you warned other that the topic is no joke.

  9. Liberty Scott on February 8th, 2019 12:51 pm

    I agree fully with your opinion. Driving in the snow is scary. I wouldn’t know from driving myself, but I know riding in the passenger seat. Safety is a huge concern during the winter months.

  10. Uriah Riemenschneider on February 13th, 2019 11:08 am

    I really enjoyed reading your article Lauren! I really liked how you turned the whole story around into a bigger picture on perspectives of life! It was a good story!! Keep up the great writing.

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