Staff Writer NATHAN LAWRENCE
Let’s face it; Winter is here again whether we like it or not. Since it appears that Winter is going to stay a while longer, I figure that we should address something very important; Winter Safety. I myself am a freshman, and this is my second winter driving. I’m still learning, but I think that, for your sake and everyone else’s sake, I should share a few of the things you should know for your car, while driving and even at home. You may not specifically be a freshman; you may be new to Michigan, or have never really known how to take care in winter. Regardless of your background, this article is aimed to help you be aware of a few ways to stay safe.
Warm up your car for at least 10 minutes before driving. This is better for your engine, and lets you know if something is wrong with it.
Lift up your wipers. Then they won’t freeze or have ice chunks on them.
Get gas before storms. Then you won’t have to go out in a blizzard to get it.
Keep these items in your car: Ice scraper, jumper cables, work gloves (cloth or heavy duty), extra layers (Like a scarf, hat, etc), a car charger plug, and any tools that you might need for your tires or general issues your car may have.
Drive slower in bad storms, icy conditions, or deep snow. Try at least 5-10 below in these conditions. Better living than dying!
When sliding, brake all the way. This activates your ABS brakes. If you don’t have ABS brakes, pump them.
Keep a good distance between you and the car in front of you. Doing this will reduce the chances of you rear-ending them.
When sliding, don’t panic. You usually slide when you’re braking. Let up off the brake, and steer in the opposite direction of your slide. You still have to brake, but gaining traction again allows your treads to gain ground.
AT HOME TIPS
Invest in those rubber mats with the holes for your porch. They are $5 at Walmart. They are a decent length, so they cover really well.
Refrain from salting your walk in cold weather. Salt may work to melt snow and ice, but only during certain temperatures. Check the pack to see what temperature the salt doesn’t work at.
Shovel at least twice in snow storms. You may not want to, but do you really want to have to dig out your car in 9 inches of snow?
When shoveling, wear light layer. I’m not saying to go out with a sweatshirt and jeans on, but you’ll burn up faster if you wear heavy clothes.
When wearing boots, wear a few pairs of socks. You can do this during the school day also. This helps keep your feet dry, and also keep your toes warm. No need to buy all those toe warmers!
If you follow these, then you’ll be able to safely enjoy winter! Keep in mind that these are only a few of the many ways you can keep safe.