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Bus Driver's Experience Says Take It Easy In Poor Conditions

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In bad winter weather driving to or from work is a challenge, but for those who drive for a living the challenge lasts all day long.

Our Nick Perreault spoke with a bus driver in Jackson who describes the perils of her job this time of year.

Latrese Deloach has been a driver with the Jackson Transportation Authority for 13 years and says she's seen the weather change right before her eyes countless times.

"I couldn't hardly see anything when I started my shift," Del oach said.

At 10:00 this morning she was dealing with snow, six hours later spots of slush and ice, she says one thing is constant when it comes to the roads.

"Just a lot of people just actually going to fast, stretching yellow lights."

Which Deloach says has led to a fair share of accidents along her East Michigan route.

"On this end you mostly see it on Spring Arbor road and Brown Street."

"I think a lot of people they get used to driving in certain conditions and then when it turns cold and icy, we forget," Greg Fox said.

Jackson resident Greg Fox says from the icy roads to careless drivers and a few potholes.

"It's kind of like jockeying for a lane," Fox said. He's taking the bus more around town than choosing to drive.

"I'll ride the bus more, avoid parking and all the slush you have to wade through."

It's something Deloach says is a more comfortable ride. "We have these threshold heaters keeps the floor dry, keeps them from slipping."

But as we've noticed Thursday vehicles slip, slide and crash in poor weather, so Deloach says the only answer is drive slow and allow plenty of distance to ensure you have a safe trip as well.

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