5 Will Drive -
Wearing your seatbelt would be a good start.
Keeping an ice scraper handy is beary important in the winter…unless you’re a polar bear in which case you already have one built in. :)
Hi everyone. It’s Mom (Karla) and Dad (Jeff). Winter is fast approaching and seasonal driving tips for our quintuplets are top of mind. We remember when, as teens, we had some close calls while learning to drive on snowy, icy roads.
When I was 17, I had my first encounter with driving up an icy hill. I thought if I sped up the hill I would make it. Wrong answer. I got halfway up the hill before spinning around and sliding back down. Luckily, there wasn’t any traffic coming from either direction and I escaped safely. I learned it is important to drive up a hill in a lower gear at a steady, slow pace. You can keep more traction and avoid spinning the wheels, which is dangerous on icy roads.
I had my first experience with an icy hill coming home from college. I hit a sheer sheet of ice going downhill and did my very best to make it over to the curb without hitting anyone. Moments later another car slid into me. It was terrifying. I learned I needed to drive slowly in a lower gear down a hill. And if you start to slide, don’t stomp on the brake as it could cause you to skid.
Thankfully, our icy experiences are few, but they were scary. We’re trying to teach our teens that there are going to be close calls during the winter, but they can stay safe if they don’t panic and follow the winter driving tips we give them. The absolute first lesson is this:
Make sure you warm up the car and clear all windows before driving anywhere.
Christmas is coming. And bright, shiny things can be distracting when you’re driving. Just remember to keep 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.
Washing your car is an important part of vehicle maintenance, especially in the winter with all the snow, slush and road salt. But note to self: don’t open car door in the middle of it! #LOL
Sunglasses are a must even when it’s not summer. Mainly because the future is so bright.