Lately it seems that Leavitt students are paying the DMV driving instructors to pass them when they go for their license. This year there have been many students who have gotten into accidents because of silly reasons. Perhaps because they’re inexperienced drivers who got off with a license easily? It seems as if it’s been crash after crash after crash. Cars have blown up, smashed into trees, flipped over, ran into snow banks, you name it. And since there are many horrible accidents during the wintery months, I think it’s best we all sit down and read a few useful tips to hopefully help the vehicle-crazed teens in this school.

• Let that baby purrr – Letting your vehicle run for at least 10 minutes is a smart idea. It gets the juices running throughout the engine, making sure everything works.

• Strip that sucker – Clear off all the frost, snow, and ice chunks, even if it doesn’t appear to obstruct your vision. Chunks of snow can have surprise attacks on your windshield, scaring the bah-jee-bah’s out of you, causing you to jerk the steering wheel resulting in AN ACCIDENT!

• Handle her slowly – Give yourself enough time to get to your destination even if you have to leave 20 minutes earlier than you do, GET OVER IT! Once you’re on the road, if the conditions are bad take it slow. Remember that the speed limits are meant for clear roads, not crappy conditions. Break wisely, it can send your car into a commotion. And make sure to give yourself enough room between the car in front of you.

• Stop being lazy, do the job yourself! – Don’t use cruise control in the winter. In order to deactivate cruise control you must hit the brake, and what have we learned about hitting the brake in the winter? IT’S BAD! Instead, use the gas pedal, it’s there for a reason.

• Wrap it up – Here are a couple quick tips to leave your newly-information-filled-brain, look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do, keep your gas tank filled above half, check your fluids frequently, keep your lights washed, and check your tires you don’t want to be driving around on bald tires!

Now you have learned the lessons of the winter roads, go out and master those suckers.

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