About 6 years ago our neighbors suffered an unthinkable tragedy. Their daughter, who was heading to her prom, did what so many teenagers do – replied to a text. Unfortunately she was driving at the time and lost control of the car. She never made it to prom, but miraculously survived the disastrous events that followed.
Watching this family go through the pain and suffering that they did was an eye opener. Their daughter will never be the same (she suffered from a traumatic brain injury) and neither will their lives. The story could have ended so much worth, and I know how grateful the family is that it didn’t. If you have a teen driver, or even if you yourself have a habit of reading/responding to text while driving please read this.
There is no text important enough to risk your life or the lives of those around you. Texting can wait until you are safely parked. Texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while under the influence (not recommended either). Some more facts about texting and driving:
- A driver who is texting loses at least 5 seconds of attention to the road. A lot can happen in 5 seconds.
- Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
- Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.
- According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway.
- 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.
I came up with a list of safe alternatives to texting while driving that I hope will help keep others safe. If you have any suggestions of your own to prevent others from texting and driving please leave a comment! Be sure to talk to your teens, friends, and family about the dangers of texting while driving.
Whether you’re planning an escape from the dreary cold winter weather or are seeking to save a bit of money traveling in early spring, it’s never too early to start planning for your upcoming getaway. Even if it’s just for a few days, a cold weather vacation can promote numerous mental and physical health benefits.
I created a list of Winter Hacks for BMW Drivers that you have to check out! For everyone else here are some great tips on planning your cold weather getaway.
Depending on your budget and preferences, you may choose to embrace the winter months and grab a few friends together for a winter getaway at a premier ski resort. If you’d prefer to put a bit more distance between yourself and the brutal cold, however, your plans could very well involve a trip to a much warmer and sunnier vacation destination. Regardless of where you choose to go, it’s crucial to adequately prepare for your cold weather getaway, especially if it involves hopping on a plane.
It’s no secret that winter weather wreaks havoc on roads and highways, making traveling by vehicle quite difficult, if not impossible. While winter weather may not always ground a flight, it can slow down or even completely halt air travel. From extensive delays to cancelled flights, even smaller winter storms can have a tremendous impact on your air travel plans.
These problems can certainly affect direct flights, but they may negatively impact connecting flights as well. In some instances, bad weather at your connecting flight airport can be enough to significantly delay or even cancel your trip. If you must fly at least one connecting flight, continue to check the weather at each connecting city along with all departure and destination airports. If the weather looks ominous you can contact your airline ahead of time to see if it can reroute you.
Choosing the Right Luggage
When it comes to selecting the most appropriate cold weather travel luggage, you’ll want to find something that is practical yet offers enough space. A compact day pack is easier to carry than a wide body spinner, but it might not adequately hold your belongings. One larger jacket can take up a lot of room, leaving just enough space for a few essentials.
Depending on where you’re going and how much traveling you need to do to get there, you can narrow down possibilities based on features. For example, you might select a two wheel luggage piece or an expandable one. There are even selections based on the duration of your trip, such as one to two days or two to five days. The best carry on luggage often involves lightweight pieces, which are ideal for trips that involve frequently carrying, lifting, and transporting your bags.
Plan in Extra Time
Travel delays are common throughout the year, whether you’re traveling in the middle of winter or the peak of summer. From storms to general delays, it’s best to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your cold weather destination. The weather is only half the battle, as delays are common in security lines and departure gates. Delays can quickly add up in the winter, particularly when de-icing or snow clearing measures are involved.
As your cold weather getaway draws closer, you want to be prepared. You can’t control the weather, but you can make the trip a bit easier by planning ahead. For example, scheduling a non-stop flight instead of a connecting one and selecting the most appropriate luggage for your trip can help simplify the process. Remember to give yourself plenty of extra time, especially if you’re heading to the airport.
If there is one thing I have realized about living in a ‘cold state’ it’s that winters are far from friendly. Back home, on the southern east coast, driving in winter conditions wasn’t a big deal. There were a few days where snow covered the roads, but more often than not the plows were ahead of the weather. Then again, the snow was usually minimal and driving wasn’t much different between seasons.
Now that I’m living where snow is a plenty I have realized there are a few things to do differently. I want to be as safe as possible on the road, and I want you to be too so I compiled a list of tips to help you drive in the snow safely.
The list includes what to do before you get in your car and while driving in the snow.
The list is made up of what could be seen as “duh” items, but only if you’re from an area that gets lots of snow. If you’re not from Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, etc… you may find these tips helpful for safely driving in Colorado (or other super snowy place) snow. Once you learn how to drive in Colorado snow please share your advice, life stories, etc… in the comments!