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Montanan's are always prepared for the cold death grip of Montana winters but are high schoolers truly prepared to drive in the slow lane?
As we dive into the coldest months of a Montana year nobody truly wants to obey the laws of nature as we think we've 'got it down', but the cold hard reality is, we don't have this down. Mark Monaco, the school's resource officer, agreed that driving in winter is a dangerous deed that everyone should know how to handle.
"Always check your rearview mirror for anyone coming up fast behind you," said Monaco.
If you're a freshman with a new license, try driving slow at first before racing your friends to see who has the fastest acceleration. Even if you're an experienced driver with three years of driving to your name, don't try and start super-fast unless you're trying out for the winter Olympics in car skating.
That lovely patch of ice you can't see is black ice which means that if you try and brake on it too hard, you will slide. If you slide into the car in front of you because you braked too hard on a patch of ice, it is actually your fault. If you do begin to slide turn your front wheels the same way as your back wheels are going and definitely do not over correct.
"Any of the older cars that have rear-wheel drive, anything rear-wheel drive is tough," Monaco said.
The type of car you drive is important as well, while having a low car may be problematic when the snow builds up on roads, four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is best for winter.
If you drive a stick shift you are definitely at a higher risk, some basic tips would be starting in second gear, avoiding hills, and when turning don't press on your gas or brakes, instead use your clutch to slow yourself down a bit.
"If you're sliding brakes aren't going to do you any good," added Monaco.
So this winter, take necessary precautions that you wouldn't usually take because you're a high schooler, and we know, it's hard, but we're here for you.
Ya'll need some tips:
Drive slowly, like, a lot slower than you'd think.
But, not as slow so people coming up behind you rear end you, that's too slow.
Drive a reasonable speed.
Just don't brake suddenly.
Brake at a distance.
Don't power up hills, looking at you stick shift.
Snow tires are your friends this winter.
So, congrats, you now have friends. Four to be exact.