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Students Navigating Through This Harsh Weather

Cold days can bring snow and ice making it very difficult for some
Gwynn Thompson
Maci Robbins and Hayley Scherer giving an example of how unsafe it can be outside on the roads.

Although December in Idaho did not give us a lot of snow, nor a white Christmas, it all came to us in January. Starting around the second week into the 2024 season, temperatures began to drop. Not only did the temperature fall, but so did snow. It was now a perfect time for people to sled, ski, and snowboard. Not so perfect weather for driving though.

The inches of snow brought many accidents, especially to young drivers. When there is snow, you can also expect ice. So, slipping and sliding was guaranteed. Due to the dangerous conditions West Ada called 3 snow days in the span of two weeks. Except the days students had school in this climate, some Rocky students experienced a couple of difficulties.

A Junior, Ariana Brundage was driving at 5:30am to pick up a friend to head to practice. All was well and no issues were brought about. Until she had almost safely gotten to her friends house. Before stopping she began to slide and realized she could not save herself. Her car slid right into a tree and damaged her bumper pretty badly. Luckily she was safe. Ariana said, “all though I didn’t hit the tree that hard, it still ruined my bumper and could have been way worse.”

Ariana was right, the accident could have been very harmful but just goes to show even when being careful the icy roads are always dangerous.

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Other stories have been heard about plenty of Rocky students having the same experience. Many have slid into signs or gone over curbs, walking away with either no damages or possibly a crooked tire. These types of damages are never guaranteed. Students have also witnessed other strangers doing the exact same thing around town.

Hailee Lunt (Sophomore) was driving back into the school parking lot after lunch and saw another car turn and slide over a curb into a stop sign. Hailee says the student was ok but not so much the car. His tire axel was ruined causing the tire to be turned in and incapable of driving.

All in all, Idaho climates are very scary, not only for young drivers but as well as experienced drivers. These conditions can be hazardous and unsafe no matter how cautious you are. Numerous disasters are never seen in advanced. So always be on the defensive and stay safe!

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    Jaxon Ross BelnapApr 3, 2024 at 8:07 am

    The article is great! I like how it shows that people need to be safe in the parking lot and that they need to drive safe. People in this school are not very careful when leaving the parking lot, which makes it much more dangerous in bad weather. Love the article!

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    KadenApr 2, 2024 at 7:48 am

    This article is amazing. I love how it demonstrates how you need to drive carefully in this bad weather. I find it terrible how so many people have crashed because of this weather.

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    mollyMar 1, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    this article is very interesting, and I enjoyed it a lot.

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    PeytonJan 31, 2024 at 9:17 am

    This article is very good and helps define how harsh the roads are. With a sister that drives me everywhere I can agree with how safe you have to be.

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    Noah CollinsJan 30, 2024 at 4:18 pm

    I can not fathom how many people have crashed in these harsh weather conditions. The people should remember to drive very carefully in these conditions.

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    Cesily MillerJan 29, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    I was late to school so many days because of that weather. It was kind of torture.

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    AdamJan 25, 2024 at 10:15 am

    We have to drive really carefully on the remaining ice and snow. It’s better to get to your destination later than get hurt.

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    karmyne BJan 25, 2024 at 9:00 am

    This article is AWESOME i can’t believe how many people at rocky have crashed from these harsh conditions.