Winter brings a bit of concern for transportation in regards to Illinois State University.
The seasons are changing and with it also comes changes to the roads. Highways and streets are infamously risky for possibilities of sliding on black ice, being caught in a blizzard and many other things.
Statistics show that 17% of all vehicle crashes happen during the winter. Snowy and icy pavement cause 1,836 deaths each year as well as 151,944 crashes. There is also the freezing rain which may lead to power outages and structural damage.
At ISU, there are usually students who either live on campus or in apartments nearby but there are also students who commute. While this may cause concern for some, ISU junior Kelsey Fiddes commutes from Peoria and is used to the snowy conditions.
“I was a little worried during my first winter I had to commute but the second time and third time around I just know that I need to wake up a little earlier to get to my classes and heat my car up to make sure it is a smooth ride,” Fiddes said. “The worst part about winter is walking to class from those parking lots in the cold.”
While students like Fiddes tend to get used to driving over the highway in the ice and snow, it is still important to remain cautious. There are a few safe driving tips to follow such as to drive slowly but avoid stopping if you can.
The snow has melted in the past few days, which should make transportation easier for now. Students who walk to class should be wary of slipping on the ice. Drivers are advised to stay home or walk should a winter storm arise.