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'''Winter Driving Advice for Teens'''
  
'''Chief’s Message June 1, 2013'''
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;Ask yourself
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:Do I really need to be driving today/tonight?  Are the road conditions within my experience?  Is my vehicle ready for winter driving?
  
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;Tell your parents your route(s) and if plans change, let them know.
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;Clear all snow and ice from all windows, lights, hood, heater and air inlet vents, mirrors and wipers.
  
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In Idaho, winter months had the highest number of crashes  and most fatal crashes occurred on Fridays and Saturdays.
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'''Summer Safety Tips''' ''PDF File''
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:Nearly 70 percent of Americans, according to the American Red Cross, have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites to heat stroke and other life-threatening situations. Here is a file with some tips on how to keep you and your kids safe this summer.
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;Why teens crash
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*Driving too fast for weather conditions
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*Distractions from passengers in the vehicle, talking on the cell phone and texting
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*Following too close
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*Neglecting stop signs and traffic signals
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*Not enough driving experience
  
[http://montpelierpd.com/MPDWiki/images/d/d3/Press_Release_Summer_Safety_Tips.pdf Summer Safety Tips PDF File]
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;If you have trouble
 
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*Stay with your vehicle if you are stuck in the snow or slide off the road
 
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*Tie something bright to your antenna and keep the interior light dome light on
;Summer is the peak season for lightning-related deaths and injuries, though people are struck by lightning year-round.
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*Run the engine at short intervals but crack the windows to avoid carbon monoxide fumes ( make sure vehicle exhaust pipes and vents are clear of snow and ice
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:The National Weather Service provides a wide range of information about lightning, [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/  including these facts and tips:]
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;General Tips
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*No outdoor area is safe when you hear thunder.
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*If you hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter (a substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows up).
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;Indoor Safety Tips
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*Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment.
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*Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
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*Stay away from porches, windows, and doors.
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*Never lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
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;Outdoor Safety Tips
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:No outdoor area is safe during a thunderstorm, but if you're caught outside with no safe shelter options,
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:take these steps to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:
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*Come down from elevated areas.
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*Never lie flat on the ground.
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*Never shelter under an isolated tree.
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*Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
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*Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
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*Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.
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;Read some interesting myths and [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/facts_truth.htm facts about lightning.]
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Latest revision as of 19:41, 1 November 2014

Winter driving.jpg

Winter Driving Advice for Teens

Ask yourself
Do I really need to be driving today/tonight? Are the road conditions within my experience? Is my vehicle ready for winter driving?
Tell your parents your route(s) and if plans change, let them know.
Clear all snow and ice from all windows, lights, hood, heater and air inlet vents, mirrors and wipers.

In Idaho, winter months had the highest number of crashes and most fatal crashes occurred on Fridays and Saturdays.

Why teens crash
  • Driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Distractions from passengers in the vehicle, talking on the cell phone and texting
  • Following too close
  • Neglecting stop signs and traffic signals
  • Not enough driving experience
If you have trouble
  • Stay with your vehicle if you are stuck in the snow or slide off the road
  • Tie something bright to your antenna and keep the interior light dome light on
  • Run the engine at short intervals but crack the windows to avoid carbon monoxide fumes ( make sure vehicle exhaust pipes and vents are clear of snow and ice