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Play It Safe On Winter Roads

 

 

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Car trouble is never fun, especially if your car if full of kids. So play it safe this winter by following these tips for safe driving in winter conditions.

 

Maintain Your Car: Check the battery, tire tread and windshield wipers. Keep your windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir and check your antifreeze.

 

Have key items on hand: Keep a flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and

blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.

 

Stopped or stalled? Stay in your car, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light. If you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.

 

Plan Your route: Allow plenty of time. Check the forecast and adjust your departure to avoid serious weather, if possible. Be familiar with the directions and let others know your route and arrival time.

 

Practice safe snow driving:

  • Practice. During the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.
  • Drive slowly; accelerate, decelerate and turn slowly.
  • Steer into a skid.
  • Know what your brakes will do: stomp on anti lock brakes, pump on non-anti lock brakes.
  • Increase your stopping distances.
  • Don't stop if you can avoid it.
  • Especially don't stop going up a hill. Get some inertia on a flat road before you take on a hill and don't power up a hill. Applying extra gas will start your wheels spinning.
  • Don't idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.
  • Stay home. If you really don't have to go out, don't.

Sources: OSHA and AAA

 

Car trouble is never fun, especially if
your car is full of kids. So play it safe
this winter by following these tips for
safe driving in winter conditions.
Maintain your car.
Check the battery, tire tread and
windshield wipers. Keep your windows
clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer
reservoir and check your antifreeze.
Have key items on hand.
Keep a flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive
material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats),
shovel, snow brush and ice scraper,
warning devices (like flares) and blankets.
For long trips, add food and water,
medication and cell phone.
Stopped or stalled?
Stay in your car, put bright markers on
antenna or windows and shine dome light.
If you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and
run it just enough to stay warm.
Plan your route.
Allow plenty of time. Check the forecast
and adjust your departure to avoid serious
weather, if possible. Be familiar with the
directions and let others know your route
and arrival time.
Play it safe on winter roads
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Practice safe snow driving:
 Practice. During the daylight, rehearse
maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an
empty lot.
 Drive slowly; accelerate, decelerate and
turn slowly.
 Steer into a skid.
 Know what your brakes will do: stomp
on anti lock brakes, pump on non-anti
lock brakes.
 Increase your stopping distances.
 Don't stop if you can avoid it.
 Especially don't stop going up a hill.
Get some inertia on a flat road before you
take on a hill and don't power up a hill.
Applying extra gas will start your
wheels spinning.
 Don't idle for a long time with the
windows up or in an enclosed space.
 Stay home. If you really don't have to go
out, don't.
Sources: OSHA and AAA

Rainy day hike

Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can get you down for sure. We spent all day yesterday with the kids cooped up in the house, trying to figure out what to do. They were bored and let their energy out by fighting with each other. This made us realize once again that our kids really need a good amount of daily exercise, and we decided that no matter what the weather, we were going to go on a hike today.

It was pouring when we woke up, but we were determined to go on our hike. We prepared with rain jackets and hiking shoes and hit the trails. The rain was really warm and refreshing, and the kids loved having permission to get soaked and muddy. It felt so nice to get some fresh air and exercise, and the pace that the kids kept reminded us again how much it was needed.

We hiked one of our favorite trails in Corvallis - the Homestead Trail loop from the Oak Creek parking lot of the McDonald Forest. It's about 1.5 miles of relatively flat terrain (I truly believe my kids end up doing an extra mile with all the zig-zagging and back tracking they do, though), and ends with a bridge perfect for throwing Pooh sticks.

Here they are, soaking wet and having a blast:

rainy day hike

If the winter weather has you and your kids down, make the extra effort to get out and get some exercise. What is your family's favorite way to get exercise in the winter?