On the Slippery Slopes of Trumbull

By Taylor Milne
EE Staff Writer

Christmas Eve’s snowfall marked the start of wintery weather. The thought of waking up to a winter wonderland-like scene on Christmas brought joy to many but for travelers driving, the snow was a nuisance.

Travel plans are often ruined, especially for teens who are often inexperienced drivers. With snow comes dangerous driving conditions and teens need to be careful. As children grow older their excitement over snow diminishes. For many Trumbull High School students who stayed in Trumbull, the snow was an annoyance.

Student, Alex Cammarota affirmed snow was an inconvenience for her. “I hope for snow-days all the time during the school week but it’s the last thing I want during break. It ruins all my plans.”

During the time of the snowfall and for days after, roads are covered with ice, snow, or slush, creating a slippery surface. Parents are often not willing to drive their children around in these risky conditions, and, more often, do not let teens drive.

“It was break and all I wanted to do was hang out with my friends but because none of us were allowed to drive we were stuck at our own houses, bored,” said THS student Cristen Yakush.

Trumbull High School driving instructor, Mr. Romano, agreed that a teen driving in the snow was not a good idea. “They have much less experience in inclement weather conditions.”

Senior Usha Latif’s parents were hesitant about letting her drive in the snow on Christmas Eve, but she convinced them otherwise. She, unfortunately, later found herself in some trouble. She was aware of the dangerous conditions and was driving only 15mph, but in such conditions, the roads possess a threat to even the most cautious of drivers. “I was going downhill and my car started sliding on its own. The wheels locked and my brakes stopped working. I crashed into a telephone pole and spun out.” Usha’s car is totaled because of the incident.

Mr. Romano’s advice to driving teens is to stay off the roads entirely when the conditions are bad. Even though staying off the roads is what is safest, sometimes driving is inevitable. Therefore, the common mistakes teen drivers make while driving in the snow should be addressed. “The number one mistake teens make is driving too fast. They don’t realize that even in an inch rain they could hydroplane easily,” said Romano.

Mr. Romano’s final suggestion to teen drivers is to drive slow and only go out in a car with four wheel drive but even then you are not entirely free of risk.

Another senior, Holly Hoffmann tells her snow-driving story: “I was driving five miles per hour coming to a stop sign on my street and I completely spun out and hit a snow bank, I was scared to keep on driving.” Both Holly and Usha’s stories go to show that even when a driver is being careful, they are still in danger. In order to ensure personal safety take Mr. Romano’s advice and stay off the roads in bad conditions.

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