Winter is Coming: 5 Driving Tips
By: Luke Shaff ~
Seattle is not known for their snow, but every once in a while, we do get snow. Snow, or no snow the temperatures drop substantially from the fall and driving can get tricky. Here are five tips about driving in the winter you should keep in mind while travelling.
1. Winterize your car. Ensure that your battery has good life (as when the temperatures drop, your battery uses more energy), all your fluids are full, you have a full gas tank and that your brakes are up to date. Winterizing and ensuring your car is up to date can make a huge difference when travelling from point a to point b.
2. As a general rule in driving you should be giving yourself 3-4 seconds (or an entire car length) between you and the car in front of you. During the winter time, this should be DOUBLED. Give yourself 6-8 second (or TWO car lengths) between you and the car in front of you.
3. Check the weather and PLAN your route. Before leaving for a trip whether it be big or small, always look to see what the weather is going to be. If it looks like you will not be able to go a certain way, plan how you will get there and the estimated time it will take. In snow and winter weather plan for double the amount of time to get from one place to another.
4. Always be aware of black ice and icy roads. Although there might not be snow on the ground, when temperatures drop rapidly ice/frost build up on the roads, and this can make for an easy accident if you are not careful. Over 150,000 auto accidents a year is caused by ice on the road. Black ice is the most common and can be highly dangerous when travelling at high speeds and being unaware of the road conditions.
5. Lastly, if you do not have to drive in winter weather…DON’T. Stay home and keep everyone safe. If you can walk to where you need to go, do so. Shop and stock up on food and water before winter weather hits, so it will decrease your chances in needing to go out.
Winter weather can be dangerous for cities that do not get a lot of it, Seattle being one. When driving and preparing for the winter make sure to check all of these items off. Most panic is caused by not being prepared. Prepare yourself, do not panic, and as always, stay safe.
By: Luke Shaff ~
We know the traditional Thanksgiving Day, where you gather the whole entire family and celebrate what you are thankful for while eating a feast of food around the table. Even though this is the most traditional Thanksgiving for the United States, there are many ways that Thanksgiving is celebrated. Check out a few fantastic traditions below!
Canada – Canada celebrates Thanksgiving very similar to the United States as they eat around the table and watch Football during the day. The only difference between Canada and the United States Thanksgiving is that Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October! This date comes from Canada’s Parliament being formally established in November of 1879. In 1957 the date was changed.
Germany – The Thanksgiving word in German is “Erntedankfest,” which means harvest festival of thanks. Their holiday takes place on the second Sunday of October. During the festival people will wear a ‘harvest crown’ of grains, fruit and flowers to the church in a solemn process.
Liberia – In the early 1800’s Libera declared its first Thanksgiving on the first Thursday of November. For Liberia, it is mainly a Christian holiday, and churches will auction off baskets full of local fruit like papaya and mangoes! Unlike the United States, Liberia will feast on Spicy chicken roast and mashed cassavas. Festivities also include music and dancing! Sounds like such a fun celebration!
Japan – You might not think Japan would have such a celebration, but they do! Well…they have a version of Thanksgiving. Their version of Thanksgiving is actually called Kinro Kansha no Hi, and this is actually Labor Thanksgiving Day! This day is like Labor Day in the United States, so citizens celebrate their right to have jobs. They do not feast, but they often make thank you cards for policeman and fireman. They are encouraged to celebrate the community and the principals of hard work.
Puerto Rico – As Puerto Rico became a United States territory in the late 19th century, they have adopted the same traditions as the United States. They celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November and they feast with Turkey and sides just like the United States. The twist that Puerto Rico has adopted over the years is sharing a roast pork with the turkey, plantains, rice and beans!
The knowledge of other traditions is so interesting. Knowing that a tradition that the United States has is celebrated around the world in different ways is very cool!