Over the years, some have given Rexburg the name “Ice-burg.”
This winter season, in comparison with other winters, has been relatively dry and warm until recently. When road conditions turn treacherous because of the snow and ice, not everyone knows how to adjust.
For students who have never driven in snowy conditions before, it might take some getting used to.
“It’s weird, you slide around a lot. But I haven’t crashed yet. There’s not much of a learning curve. I don’t drive that much and I’ve only needed to drive in the snow two or three times,” said Austin Canfield, a sophomore studying computer science, who is originally from Tennessee.
To help those who don’t know how to drive in snow or ice, Officer Wynn Robinson of the Rexburg Police Department has a few tips.
“The best rule is to slow down and give yourself extra time when weather conditions effect driving conditions. Habit can make you or break you. Don’t get in the habit of rushing to school, work, etc. When the road conditions are slick, leave early for your destination. Don’t procrastinate,” Officer Robinson said.
It’s also important to be thorough when clearing off your windshield as not doing so may yield disastrous results.
“Take time to clean your windshield and side windows from ice, frost and snow,” Officer Robinson said. “These can be visibility reducers and add to your chances of not seeing something or someone you otherwise could avoid. Officers can issue citations for failure to clean your windshield.”
Citations for failure to properly clean one’s windshield may be to $85.
Slowing down and looking out for ice, black ice, and water as well as allowing for time to stop are also tips that Officer Robinson gave to reduce chances of accidents or citations.
Some students feel confident driving in snowy conditions, but others may require time to acquire the necessary driving skills.
“It’s not that nerve-wracking for me,” Canfield said. “It is for everyone else though apparently.”