The Boy Scouts of America’s motto, “Be prepared,” might not directly refer to driving, but it certainly applies! From anticipating other drivers’ moves to knowing how to get from point A to point B, preparedness equals safety. Especially in extreme weather, drivers have to be ready for anything. Sliding on ice, encountering snow squalls, and other winter weather may mean pulling off the road and waiting out harsh conditions. Hopefully being road-side is a temporary safety measure and not involuntary; either way, drivers should be prepared by keeping a Winter Road-Side Safety Kit in their cars. Every vehicle should already have a First Aid kit, and if space and budget permit, chains for tires and a big shovel are great additions, but these basic items will come in handy, too
Smarts with a Side of Sass
English teacher by trade, smack talker by nature, Stephanie Jankowski subscribes to the mantra: Life is too short, laugh! A mother of three in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she spends way too much time caring if her kids' socks match.
Stephanie is a freelance writer for We Are Teachers, published in the bestselling parenting humor anthologies I Just Want to Be Alone, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets, and co-directs the annual live-reading celebration of motherhood, Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh. She also makes a mean ham barbecue, but unless you're a 'Yinzer,' that probably means nothing to you.
Her blog, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion, is full of hilariously sassy musings on being a woman, mother, and educator. Steph was famous for six seconds when her pieces I Put My Husband First and The Worst Mother I've Ever Seen went viral in 6 different countries and more than 10 languages. Her parents still think she caught the flu from the Internet.
Parents, we’ve all been there: a dreaded drive with our potty training toddler in tow. Unless stopping every 20 minutes is a viable option, chances are you’ll need a solid Plan B. These seven tips will help the trip go smoother…and drier!