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'''Winter Driving Advice for Teens'''
  
;Driving
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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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* Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery, and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.
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* Avoid driving alone or at night.
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* Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
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* If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
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* Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
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* Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
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* Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
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* Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
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* Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
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* Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
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* When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
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* Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
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* Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
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;Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
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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.
* If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located near a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
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* Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
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* Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.  
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In Idaho, winter months had the highest number of crashes in 2006 and most fatal crashes occurred on Fridays and Saturdays.
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* Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
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* Dress casually and comfortably.
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* Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
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* Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
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* Only carry necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
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* Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
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* Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
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* Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
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* Keep cash in your front pocket.
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* Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
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* Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
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* Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas and public transportation locations.
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* Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
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* Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.  
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;Shopping with Children
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;Why teens crash
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*Driving too fast for weather conditions
* If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
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*Distractions from passengers in the vehicle, talking on the cell phone and texting
* Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
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*Following too close
* Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.
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*Neglecting stop signs and traffic signals
* Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
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*Not enough driving experience
* Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.
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* Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.
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;At Home
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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
* When preparing a holiday meal for friends and family be sure to wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry. Keep in mind that a stuffed bird takes longer to cook.
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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
* Never defrost food at room temperature.  Thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.
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* While doing holiday cooking, keep your knives sharp.  Most knife injuries occur due to dull blades.
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* When displaying a tree, cut off about two inches off the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.
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* Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
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* When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture. 
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* When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.
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* When climbing, keep your hips between the side rails and do not lean too far or overreach. Reposition the ladder closer to the work instead.
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* Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
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* When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
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* Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
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* Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
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* Contact the Montpelier Police at 208-847-1324 or fill out [[Vacation_Check_Request_Form|this form]] to notify us of your vacant house.
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* Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
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* When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
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* Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
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* If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
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* Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.
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;Operation Identification
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* The goal of [[Operation Identification]] is to deter property-related crime and to assist the Montpelier Police Department in their efforts to find and return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner. Remember the following:
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** Mark gifts with your Idaho Operator License or Identification Card number.
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** Do not use your Social Security Number.
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** For items that cannot be marked with an engraver, photograph or videotape the items.
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;Strangers at Your Door
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* Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
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* It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
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* Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
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* Donate to a recognized charitable organization.
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* Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
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* Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
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* Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.
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;Attending a Party
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* Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
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* Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
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* Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
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* Know your safe limit.
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* '''Never drink and drive.'''
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Revision as of 17:48, 7 January 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 in 2006 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