College Commuter Need To Travel Safely In Bad Winter Conditions

As A College Commuter, You Need To Learn How To Travel Safely In Bad Winter Conditions

Visibility is limited when it snows and not being able to see out of your windshield makes it worse. When cleaning your car, always wipe down from the top first.

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With snow coming our way, the roads have become exponentially more dangerous. You always have to be cautious on the road, but with terrible weather conditions, you have to be even more careful to protect yourself and the other people on the road. Here are some tips to stay safe.

If necessary, drive slower than the speed limit. Driving the speed limit while the roads are covered in snow or wet can be very dangerous. You can hydroplane and lose control of the car. If you feel conscientious about driving slowly, keep in mind that everyone else is driving slower as well. Usually, the speed limit on the highway is 65 miles per hour, but a safe speed to drive is 45 miles per hour.

Keep in mind that your commute time will be longer so you have to plan for that. If you do start hydroplaning, do not step on the brakes. Stepping on the brakes makes it worse because hydroplaning is the loss of your tires' friction and abruptly stopping will cause you to slide more. The best thing to do is to turn the steering wheel opposite to where the car is sliding. Also, try to stick to the main roads. Usually, the main roads are always plowed and salted first.

Keep tons of supplies in your car just in case of emergencies. I always bring an extra set of clothes just in case my clothes get wet from the snow or I have to stay the night. I also bring snacks and water. Another vital piece of equipment to have is a glass scraper. Visibility is limited when it snows and not being able to see out of your windshield makes it worse. When cleaning your car, always wipe down from the top first. The snow always falls down to the bottom, so cleaning the bottom first is a waste of time. Warming up your car also makes it easier to get the snow off.

There's no such thing as a good driver when there's snow on the road. You have to be cautious of how your driving. If you feel that the roads are dangerous, don't drive. Your life is more important than any class you have.

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How You Know It's Tornado Season In Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is known for it’s crazy, bipolar weather. It can be sunny and 75 at the beginning of the day and then raining with a chance of tornados after 12 p.m. Here are 10 ways you know it’s officially tornado season in good ole’ Oklahoma.

1. The sky starts to have that weird, greenish-yellow color, like the Sepia filter.

2. People start to post the famous "I ain't scared of no nader's!" meme on all their social media.

3. Suddenly you can't watch your favorite shows anymore without a news channel interrupting it every 5 minutes to update you on how the weather is doing.

4. You see David Payne more often than your favorite TV show characters.

5. You see people sitting on their porches or standing outside, ready to storm watch.

6. Or you see them driving around, trying to be a storm chaser.

7. Hearing your city hall testing out tornado sirens on random days has become something that you're use to.

8. EVERYONE starts to post about possible tornadoes in your area on social media.

9. People who didn't grow up in Oklahoma freak out when we are in a tornado watch.

10. You understand the meaning of phrases like "Doppler radar," "We've got power flashes," and "Val on the Getner," and are use to hearing them regularly during tornado season.

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Abnormal Weather Is The BEST Thing, You Can't Convince Me Otherwise

We all enjoy a nice cool day, but, in the winter or early spring, it's rare to get it — a dramatic rise in temperature is the best thing for you.

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It's snowing one day, and the next morning you look out the window to see girls wearing tank-tops and guys walking around shirtless. Some states hold the same temperature for months on end — it's a rarity for it to dramatically drop or rise like it does other places. When it holds steady, you know exactly what to expect.

For other people who live in the states — where you never know how the weather is going to turn out — it's a roller coaster. As someone who currently lives in Illinois, I know exactly what that's like. You might have to go out and head to class or work, and you're all bundled up and it feels like the cold will never end. That weather starts to bring you down because you know it's going warm up eventually, but it's just not there yet. The days continue to drag on as you wait inside, watching out the window.

But the moment the weather finally warms up and you see the sun shining, the stress of the cold or rainy weather finally breaks down — you feel the weight lift. Even if it just is one day followed by a day just as terrible as the last, you still have that warm air to drive with the windows down and walk around in your favorite cute shorts with a short-sleeved shirt. Everyone is out, enjoying the comfortable temperature. After all, it is proven that the warmer weather does lift your spirits. This way you're not stuck in your house because it's too cold to go out.

When it's warm out, take advantage of it by doing things such as going on a walk, swimming if you have a pool, walking your dog (or cat), or starting up your garden. There are endless things to do when the weather is reasonable enough to do them. Trust me, appreciate the warmth and make an effort! Who knows when the next night day will come around?

Recapping what I said — back to what the best thing about abnormal weather is — you don't expect it. One day you're freezing and trying to get to the next class, or walking from your car to the store or to your house. Then, you're actually taking your time to enjoy being outside instead of rushing to get away from it. It's uplifting and hopeful when you walk outside, not getting hit by a gust of chilly wind.

It's good for your mental health because it's not freezing or burning day after day. You finally get to see the horizon when it comes to spring or fall. So, you know what you have to do? Go out on that nice sunny day! You may not have another chance in weeks. Let's be real, I'm currently writing this outside because it feels much better than the last few weeks we've had!

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