Driving in the Impossible

Image courtesy of Madison Mutual Insurance Agency.

Image courtesy of Madison Mutual Insurance Agency.

Image courtesy of Madison Mutual Insurance Agency.

Holly Ward

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So the impossible has happened! On Friday, January 12th, 2018 at roughly 5:12 a.m., Dr Snapp, the superintendent of Brownsburg Community School Corporation, issued a snow day due to hazardous weather conditions!

And while we should all celebrate this victory, we must also realize that it was issued for a reason. Driving in poor conditions like the ones we experienced on last Friday can be extremely tricky, but there are a few tips, tricks, and tools that can make it a little bit more manageable.

Image courtesy of State Farm Insurance Agency.

1. Check your vehicle:  Make sure that you refill your antifreeze, check your brakes, replace your wiper blades, check your battery, and refill your washer fluid.
2. Plan ahead and give yourself extra time: The night before check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. A 10-minute drive can turn into a 15- or 20- minute drive very quickly with snow and ice.
3. Fill up your tank: Keep your gas above half tank to insure that your gas line doesn’t freeze overnight
4. See and be seen: Always clear windows, mirrors, and all lights so not only that you can see but also so others can see you.
5. Slow down: Avoid abrupt maneuvers like breaking, speeding up, or jerking your wheel. Make sure you leave plenty of breaking space, so you can break slowly and avoid sliding into another car or–even worse–oncoming traffic.
6. Black ice: Just because a road may look dry to you, doesn’t mean that it is. Black ice and coat a road and be undetectable. Use extreme caution when nearing intersections, off ramp, bridges or shady areas where ice takes longer to melt.
7. Snow plows: Use caution when driving near a snow plow. If you are going the opposite direction allow extra room between you and the center line The plows are wide and can often cross the centerline. If driving behind a snow plow, drive further back than you would with a normal vehicle. Snow plows drive below most speed limits, so be patient and don’t try to pass you might not see oncoming traffic because of a snow cloud.
8. Phones: Make sure your phone is charged before you leave your house or at least bring your charger with you to plug into your car, if you can. So if needed, you can call for help or emergency services.
9. Supply your vehicle: Have a winter survival kit in your car at all times.

Things you might want to include in your kit:
-Collapsible shovel ($24.99 on Amazon) to dig snow out of under tires if you get stuck
-Windshield scraper ($3.99 at Target)
-Flashlight ($2 at Walmart)
-Snack foods and water
-Extra jacket, mittens/gloves, hat, clothes in general ($1-$15 at Walmart)
-Blanket of some sort ($8-$19 at Walmart)
-Jumper cables ($19 at Walmart)
-First aid kit ($6-$14 at Walmart)

I know that we always seem to be in a hurry to get to that place at that time, but think about having to sit in a ditch in -2 degree weather because you needed to go faster and you slid off the rode. Be safe everyone!

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