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Fun Spring Activities in Michigan!

Friday, April 13th, 2018

We’re making our way into April, and although the weather hasn’t been the warmest, there are still plenty of fun activities to do this spring in the Metro Detroit area! We’ve compiled a list of some of the outdoorsy activities and interesting events happening near you, directly from the Pure Michigan website.

April 14, 2018

  • Down on the Farm in Downtown Detroit: Upland Hills Farms at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • The OAC archery range will be transformed into a barn and you will be able to get up close and friendly to cows, pigs, chickens, and more!
  • Second Saturdays for Families: Insect-Repellent Bracelets at Michigan History Museum – Lansing, MI – Website
    • Do you enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors during the spring and summer? Then you know that insects that bite can get in the way of a good time! Get ready for them by using simple knot-tying skills to create an insect-repellent bracelet from cord and essential oils.

April 15th, 2018

  • Help Our Pollinators at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Come learn about the different pollinators that help sustain the lush and beautiful plant life in Michigan as well as how to better assist pollinators by becoming a smart gardener!
  • Mutts Gone Nuts at Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center – Taylor, MI – Website
    • Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tight wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and of course, the one and only . . . Sammie the Talking Dog! Tickets are available for purchase at the website above.

April 21st, 2018

  • Experience Earth Day at Chippewa Nature Center – Midland, MI – Website
    • Come celebrate the 48th Earth Day by participating in stewardship activities that benefit our planet! Plant a tree or shrub, learn about invasive exotic plants, plant wildflower seeds to take home, drop off your recyclable items, and more!
  • Ypsilanti Comic Con at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church – Ypsilanti, MI – Website
    • Ypsilanti Comic Con will be back this spring! Attendees will have the opportunity to explore over 25 tables of comic books, action figures, toys, original art and more!

April 22nd, 2018

  • Earth Day Composting 101 at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Learn all about composting and how to reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfill while adding nutrients to your yard and garden! OAC will provide you with the information you need, and will even send you home with a small amount of starter to get your compost going – just bring an empty pop bottle or water bottle to the program!
  • Earth Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup Event at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Volunteer with the Outdoor Adventure Center as they lead an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup event along the Detroit River in Milliken State Park. Volunteers will not only prevent trash from entering the Great Lakes, but will participate in a citizen science data collection effort to categorize the type of litter collected. The data will be shared with beach managers and scientists so solutions to pollution problems can be developed.

April 25th, 2018

  • Wild Over Wednesday: Wild for Wetlands at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Spring has sprung, and wetlands around our beautiful state are teeming with wildlife getting ready for the nesting season. There will be games and activities focused on the importance of wetlands for wildlife and for people, and information will be provided about local wetlands that you can visit this spring and summer.

April 28th, 2018

  • Pitch Hit & Run at Montibeller Park – Ypsilanti, MI – Website
    • Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships, and the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week.
  • Arbor Day Celebration at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Celebrate the 146th National Arbor Day with the Outdoor Adventure Center! Engage with others as you learn how to choose and plant trees that are native and helpful to our Michigan ecosystems. Take a hike with the OAC at 1 p.m. to identify trees in Milliken State Park. The first 50 participants will receive a seedling to take home and plant!
  • Photo Workshop at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Have you ever wanted to discover the world of wildlife photography but just didn’t know where to begin? Join the OAC as they dive into a day of discovery with professional wildlife photographer Norm Rutkowske to learn the philosophy behind wildlife photography. Event guests will get the chance to enjoy wildlife photography first-hand and partake in a photoshoot of the Outdoor Adventure Center black rat snake in Milliken State Park.

April 29th, 2018

  • Michigan Birds of Prey at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Join Michigan Avian Experience to meet some of Michigan’s live birds of prey, which may include a hawk, eagle, owl and/or falcon, to reveal their remarkable survival adaptations and behaviors. Visitors will have the opportunity to feel feathers and explore skulls and other bird parts like feet and bones.

May 5th, 2018

  • Highland Recreation Area Volunteer Stewardship Workday – White Lake, MI – Website
    • Join volunteer stewards Bill B. and Kathy W. in pulling non-native, invasive garlic mustard from high quality woodlands. Come see first-hand how this plant starts to get a foothold if we don’t take action to stop it! Volunteers are asked to register ahead of time at the website link above.
  • How to Write Calligraphy at River Raisin National Battlefield Park – Monroe, MI – Website
    • Learn how to write calligraphy at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park! RSVPs are requested; please call the Visitor Center to reserve your spot.

May 6th, 2018

  • Passport 2 Pittsfield at Pittsfield Charter Township Hall – Ann Arbor, MI – Website
    • Everyone is invited to park at one of six Township facilities and hop onto an AAATA bus to visit the other buildings and participate in family friendly activities. The event is a day for fun, discovery, and creation!

May 10th, 2018

  • Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place – Frankenmuth, MI – Website
    • It’s time for the Funtown Chowdown, Frankenmuth’s 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! The fun begins in May and will take place on the second Thursday of each month from 5pm-9pm each date – that’s five chances to treat yourself and your family to excellent food, beer, and family fun!

May 12th, 2018

  • Mother & Daughter Tea at River Raisin National Battlefield Park – Monroe, MI – Website
    • Sit back and sip on fresh brewed tea and eat sweet goodies as you honor Mother’s Day! Seats are limited; please call the Visitor Center to reserve your spot.
  • The Spirit of Detroit 60th Anniversary Celebration at Spirit Plaza – Detroit, MI – Website
    • This is an event to support Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the artistic legacy of Marshall Fredericks. Through his collection and archives, temporary exhibitions, publications, and education programs, the Museum contributes to scholarly discourse and serves diverse audiences. Please visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

May 20, 2018

  • Stephen 70th Annual Spring Polish Festival at St. Stephen Parish Grounds – New Boston, MI – Website
    • Join parishioners as they celebrate their Polish heritage! Band, dancing, dinners, bingo, craft show, carnival rides, kids’ game tent, white elephant tent, men’s softball tournament, and 50/50 & basket raffles all weekend long!
  • Eastern Market Flower Day at Eastern Market – Detroit, MI – Website
    • This event is an all-day affair showcasing every variety of perennial, annual, and seasonal bud ever grown and is the market’s busiest weekend of the year. People from all over the state and region flock to Eastern Market for this annual ushering in of spring, when 15 acres of space is covered with every possible variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs!

May 29th, 2018

  • Lansing Lugnuts: Game of Thrones Night at Cooley Law School Stadium – Lansing, MI – Website
    • Baseball is coming to Cooley Law School Stadium on May 19th, 2018! Join fellow fans in celebrating Game of Thrones Night. Sit on the throne; enjoy wine tastings, food specials, and more! The first 1,000 fans get a custom Noah Syndergaard Game of Thrones bobblehead! Please visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

For more events taking place in Michigan this spring, visit the event calendar on the Pure Michigan website here!

How to Book Your Airport Transportation

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Traveling to and from the airport can be stressful, especially when trying to make it there with enough time for check-in and TSA. Leave the transportation to Trinity so you can relax during your airport commute! With our wide range of vehicles, we are able to accommodate your every need, from small to large groups, along with handicap accessible vehicles.

  1. Define the size and needs of your group. How many people will need to be transported? Does anyone have special needs? Do you have a lot of luggage? Once you figure out the size and needs of your group, you’ll be able to better determine which vehicle will suit you best.
  2. Visit our fleet page. Based on what you determined in the previous step, you can decide which vehicle will fulfill your needs by visiting our fleet page. We also have an article that describes our different vehicles and their uses to help you with this process.
  3. Request a quote. To request a quote online, follow our handy guide in this blog post. If you’d like to request a quote over the phone, you can reach our reservations department at 877-284-4200 and they will gladly assist you.
  4. Speak with a reservations specialist. Once you request a quote online, one of our reservations specialists will reach out to you to discuss your transportation needs in more detail. They will help you determine which vehicle is best for you and will discuss availability and pricing.
  5. Finalize the booking of your vehicle. Once you have found the perfect vehicle for your airport transportation and discuss details with our reservations specialist, you can finalize the booking of your vehicle! We will secure the requested vehicle for the dates and times needed, and you will receive an email confirmation.

Whether your airport transportation is scheduled in advance or last-minute, we’re here to help!

Trips on a Trinity Motor Coach

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

So you’ve planned a group trip that will last two or more days, and you’re wondering how the process works and what to expect…well, we will lay it all out for you! We’re here to provide you with all of the necessary information for what to expect during the process of your motor coach trip so your mind can be at ease when planning.

What to Expect After Booking

After requesting a quote and booking your trip, the motor coach reservations specialist you’ve been in contact with will provide you with a contract/confirmation that contains a trip number, day of departure, and date of return, which is required to be signed and returned. You will also be asked to provide a detailed itinerary and on-site contact, which will ensure there is constant contact between the group and the driver. Once the final itinerary is reviewed, it is sent to our motor coach dispatch department, then a driver is assigned to the trip and given the itinerary. After the driver is assigned to your trip, you will receive the driver’s name, cell phone number, and the number(s) of the bus(es) that will be used for your trip. You will also receive our 24-hour dispatch number in case it is needed. The day before your trip, your motor coach reservations specialist will call you to verbally confirm every detail of your trip is correct.

Day-Of Process

When the day of your trip arrives, the driver(s) will pick you up in your motor coach(es) at the discussed pick-up time and location. You will then be transported to your destination(s). Please note that destinations with travel time longer than 8 hours will require more than one driver for each motor coach. This second driver (or more, depending on travel time) will meet your current driver at a specified location to switch. Since your trip is 2+ days long, you will be required to provide accommodations for your driver at each destination. While at your destination (or each destination if you have more than one), your driver can take you to wherever you need to go – as long as it is included in your itinerary!

After Your Trip

After your trip is over and you return home, you are all set! Our motor coach reservations specialist will reach out to you to see how everything went and for any feedback about your trip.

We’re Going on a Field Trip!

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Field trips are a fun way to educate children in a non-classroom setting, a break from the everyday norm, but we understand that planning an outing for 20+ students may be a tad stressful, so we want to make the process a little less stressful. We’re going to walk you through what happens once you book your field trip and what you can expect the day of and after!

What to Expect After Booking

After you request a quote and book your trip, one of our reservations specialists will contact you to confirm all details and information are correct and make any needed changes. They will also ask if you have any special requests you would like the driver to know, such as a special pick-up or drop-off location or someone other than you as the main contact for the day of the field trip. Our reservations specialists will contact you again 24 hours before your field trip to ensure everything is good to go and to make any last-minute accommodations necessary.

Day-Of Process

This process is pretty simple! The driver will pick you up in the booked vehicle at the discussed pick-up time and location. You will then be transported to your destination for your field trip. After the field trip is over, you will be taken back to your pick-up location, unless otherwise specified. If for some reason your field trip goes over the scheduled time, you will be charged a late fee that is based on your hourly rate.

After Your Field Trip

If everything goes according to schedule, you will be all set after the day of your field trip! Our reservations specialists may reach out to you to see how everything went and for feedback about your trip.

I Requested a Quote…Now What?

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

So you’ve gone through the steps of choosing a vehicle and requesting a quote, but you’re unsure of what happens next. Have no fear, Trinity Transportation is here! We’re going to walk you through the process of securing your vehicle, A.K.A. what happens after you request a quote.

Once you submit your quote request online, it is sent to our reservations department. Upon receiving your request, one of our reservations specialists will contact you to get to know you and your needs a little better. After they have a full understanding of what you are looking for, they will send you a booking information sheet to fill out, which is basically just general information that is needed to better determine your rate.

Your reservations specialist will then configure your rate based off of several different factors, including the location of your destination, projected mileage use, dates of service, and size of the vehicle. The rate will then be sent to you and you can move forward with booking. When you book your vehicle, your reservations specialist will send you a detailed overview of your trip along with payment options, processing fee information, and due dates. If your trip requires it, your reservations specialist will ask for a detailed itinerary and information for an on-site contact, which will ensure there is 100% communication between the driver, the client, and dispatch to diligently complete the entire trip from start to finish.

If you call for a quote, the process is exactly the same! When you call, your reservations specialist will ask for some information about your projected trip/event and your email address, then email you the booking information sheet for you to fill out. Once that is done, the process continues the same as if you had requested a quote online!

How to Become a Motor Coach Driver

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Being a motor coach driver is an interesting career filled with travel, meeting new people, and servicing your community. It can be fun and rewarding, and take your career to new heights…but how do you get started? We’re going to walk you through the requirements for and process of becoming a motor coach driver, so you can be prepared to apply at Trinity Transportation!

Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Michigan commercial driver license (CDL) A or B with passenger (P) endorsement and enhancement
  • Experience with motor coach driving or minimum transit experience (transit includes city buses, school buses, or trucks – truck drivers must have P endorsement)
  • Able to calculate passenger fares and provide correct change
  • Ability to complete trip sheets, pre/post bus inspection sheets, and vehicle inspection report clearly and in a legible manner
  • Capable of operating and communicating clearly on a telephone and/or a two-way radio
  • Able to speak English fluently
  • Minimum age for drivers is 21 with no driving infractions on record
  • Drivers with up to two minor moving violations or no major violations in the past 36 months will be considered at the minimum age of 22-23

How to Obtain Your CDL:

When you are ready to apply for your first commercial driver license, you will go to your local Secretary of State office with the following items:

  • Your driver license
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.) or Permanent Resident Card

Upon arriving at the Secretary of State office, you will fill out the CDL certification form, which includes meeting the CDL medical qualifications. You must also meet the driver eligibility requirements and pass the required knowledge and vision tests. All CDL knowledge tests are administered on the computer at Secretary of State. A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass each test. You can take all the tests on the same day; however, you can only take each test once. If you need to retake a test, you must go back to the Secretary of State office the following business day. The CDL Group B knowledge test is 50 questions and the passenger endorsement knowledge test is 20 questions; both require a skills test after training.

Once you finish these knowledge tests, you will be given your CDL commercial learner’s permit (CLP), which allows you to practice driving under the supervision of a driver trainer and is required for taking the CDL skills tests. You will also need to obtain your chauffeur license before processing your CDL license. To receive the required training and to take your skills test, you can either do so through a third party state certified commercial vehicle training center or truck driving school.

Upon obtaining your CDL, you are ready to apply! You can do so at drivefortrinity.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

We’re Answering Your School Bus Questions!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Q: What size are your school buses?
A: Michigan school bus sizes: Our largest school bus holds 48 passengers, two to a seat, and 72 passengers, three to a seat. 5th grade and under are the only ones that can sit three to a seat. Keep in mind, 72 passengers is three to a seat with only kids on board and no adults. Our regular size school bus holds 44 passengers, two to a seat, and 66 passengers, three to a seat. Again, 66 passengers is three to a seat with only kids on board and no adults.

Ohio school bus sizes: Our largest school bus holds 52 passengers, two to a seat, and 78 passengers, three to a seat. 5th grade and under are the only ones that can sit three to a seat. Keep in mind, 78 passengers is three to a seat with only kids on board and no adults.

Q: Do school buses have storage areas?
A: No, our school buses do not have storage compartments. This is an amenity that our full-size motor coaches have if that is something you are looking for.

Q: Do school buses have A/C?
A: No, our school buses do not have A/C, but are equipped with heat.

Q: Do school buses have CD players or aux ports?
A: No, only AM/FM radio. Our full-size motor coaches have a CD player and our party bus has an aux port, if you are interested in those amenities.

Q: Can anyone rent your school buses?
A: Yes, as long as you are over the age of 18.

Q: Can school buses be used for wedding shuttles?
A: Yes, they are a great economical alternative to our mini buses and motor coaches.

Q: Do school buses go out of state?
A: Our school buses can go out of state since we have the proper licensing, but we would recommend that if you are planning a long distance trip to rent our full-size motor coaches. School buses are usually utilized for local service.

Q: Do school buses have an intercom?
A: No, that amenity does not come on our school buses.

Q: Can you rent a school bus for a night event or for a weekend event?
A: Yes, they are available 365 days of the year.

Q: Do you have wheelchair accessible school buses?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you have harness buses?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you have seat belt school buses?
A: Yes.

 

How to Request a Quote

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

So, you have an event coming up and you know you need a vehicle, but you’re not sure where to start? We can help! In this article we’ll guide you through the process of selecting the vehicle that’s right for you and requesting a quote.

  1. Consider the specs of your trip. How long will your trip be? How far is your destination? Will you need room or storage for luggage/equipment? What is the vehicle being used for (i.e. athletic event transportation, a night out, etc.)?
  2. Determine the size and needs of your group. How many people are traveling with you? If the trip is longer, will your group benefit from an on-board restroom? Do you need a handicap accessible vehicle?
  3. Take a look at our fleet. Based on the items above, choose the vehicle that is right for you. You can also read our article about our different vehicles and their uses here to help you pick the one that best suits your needs.
  4. Request a quote online. There is a handy “Request a Quote” button at the top right corner of every page on our website – click it to request a quote for the vehicle of your choice!
  5. Request a quote via telephone. If you’d rather request a quote over the phone, you can call our reservations specialists at 877-284-4200 and they will happily assist you.
  6. Have questions? If you have any questions on our fleet, you can call the number listed in step 5 or click the handy “Contact Us” button at the bottom of the page of the vehicle you are looking at.

There is also a “Contact” link at the top of every page on our website!

Your Motor Coach Fleet Questions Answered

Monday, February 5th, 2018

We have received many questions about our fleet over the years, so we’ve answered the ones heard most frequently and separated them by division for your convenience. Keep an eye out for two more installments: school bus and sedan!

Q: On overnight trips, is the driver’s room included in the price of the quote?
A: No, the driver’s room is not included in the price provided by our reservations specialists. Driver accommodations need to be made by the chartering party. If the chartering party does not make lodging accommodations for the driver, they will be billed for the rooms at a minimum of $150 a night or the cost of the room.

Q: Can I bring a cooler onto the bus?
A: Yes, you may bring a cooler on any of our vehicles. Glass bottles are prohibited, and please clean up after yourself or you may be subject to cleaning fees and/or damages.

Q: Do I pay for parking and tolls?
A: The cost of bridge tolls, highway tolls, entrance or other fees (e.g. parking, park entrance, etc.) are not included in the cost of the charter. It is the responsibility of the chartering party to pay for these expenses.

Q: Do coach buses go out of state?
A: Yes, our coach buses can go out of state and into Canada. We’ve sent our coaches to almost everywhere in the continental United States, even as far as Alaska.

Q: Is there a discount for renting more than one bus?
A: The quotes we provide for service will take all variables into account to provide you with the lowest possible rate for your charter. Discounts are based on all variables and all details provided.

Q: Does your party bus have a sound system? What about a refrigerator?
A: Yes, our party bus has a high quality sound system with an aux port and CD player. It is also equipped with five mini bars and enough cup holders for your entire party.

Get to Know Our Fleet Divisions

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

At Trinity Transportation, we offer several different types of vehicles based on your transportation needs. Our vehicles are split into three divisions: school bus, sedan, and motor coach. Considering school buses? They are great for school routes, field trips, athletics, weddings, and special events.

Our trolley is super fun and is popular with weddings, special events, and fundraisers! For marching band trips, group vacations, athletics, conventions, weddings, fundraisers, and student/field trips, hop on our motor coach bus.

Are you attending an athletic or corporate event, or need airport or student transportation? Our shuttle is the vehicle for you! Many people use our party bus for weddings, a night out, or special events. Last, but not least, our sedan division is perfect for corporate and airport needs, special events and student transportation!

To help you pick the right vehicle when booking, we’re going to give you a breakdown of each division, including a few highlights of each vehicle. One plus across the board: all of our vehicles have GPS tracking!

School Bus Division

Our school bus division includes school buses (regular and mini) and our trolley. We have over 350 school bus routes and transport over 10,000 students daily!

Motor Coach Division

Our motor coach division includes our motor coach buses, mini coaches, executive mini coaches, and our party bus.

Sedan Division

Our sedan division is comprised of our full-sized van and transit shuttles along with our Prius sedans and minivans.  Our sedan division specializes in student and senior citizen transportation, serving our community for over 36 years!

We have vehicles in all departments, ready for your every transportation need. For more information on our vehicles, visit trinitytransportation.com/ourfleet or call us at 734-284-9229!

New Year, New Goals

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

2018 is here! We’re excited and ready to set and achieve new goals. Whether your goals are personal, work-related, or otherwise, now is the time to set and start working towards them. The most important thing to remember is to choose realistic goals – don’t bite off more than you can chew or you won’t be able to stick to it!

When visiting the terminals for Christmas, we asked employees what their resolutions were for 2018. One popular resolution from our employees was saving money, and another was to grow as a person and stay happy. One of our employees also would like to be better informed, more involved, and dedicated – a great resolution for this year! Feel free to take some inspiration from the goals they’ve set for themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wish you good luck in accomplishing your goals this year and hope you have a happy and successful 2018!

Winter Driving Tips

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The snow and winter weather has hit Michigan and Ohio over the past week and drivers are starting to get back into the groove of driving on slick winter roads. Driving on slick, snowy roads can be scary, slippery, and dangerous – and accidents tend to occur. By preparing your vehicle in advance, paying attention to the weather, and following our winter driving tips, you can make the roads safer for yourself and those around you.

General Winter Driving Tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle. Having a winter survival kit will help you to be prepared if you become stranded. Make sure you also have a snow shovel, sand or salt, and an ice scraper. Before the winter weather hits full swing, get your tires checked to determine if they need air or to be replaced with winter tires.
  • Keep your gas tank half full at all times. This habit will allow you to run your engine and keep warm if you get stranded or stuck. It will also prevent your gas line from freezing. Windshield wipers should be checked and in good condition, and your windshield fluid reservoir full so you can easily wipe away snow and slush.
  • Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area. Keeping your car running in an area such as a garage with the door closed will cause toxic fumes to become trapped and could be deadly.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Always be alert, especially with icy or snowy conditions. If you are fatigued, avoid driving. Never use a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle. Before driving anywhere, make sure your car is cleared of snow and ice, including your roof, trunk, lights, mirrors, windows, and reflectors.

 

Snowy Weather Driving Tips:

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery roads.
  • Reduce your speed and drive cautiously and accelerate and decelerate slowly. Accelerating, turning, and stopping all take longer on icy and snow-covered roads.
  • Increase your distance from the car in front of you as conditions worsen. You should stay eight to ten seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Keep an eye on weather reports and delay trips when severe weather is predicted. If you have to leave, inform others of your route, destination, and anticipated arrival time.
  • If you become trapped by snow, stay in your vehicle. Your vehicle makes it easier for rescuers to find you. Tie brightly colored material to your antenna or in a rolled up window as a signal. If you are stuck overnight, you can keep the dome light on since it uses minimal electricity and can help rescuers locate you.
  • Keep your exhaust pipe free of snow, slush, mud, and ice. Deadly carbon monoxide gas can leak into your car if the engine is running and your exhaust is blocked. You can also crack a window to prevent leakage.
  • Only run your car for short periods of time, just long enough to stay warm. 10 minutes every hour is a good starting point.
  • Don’t stop going once starting up a hill and do not power up. Get some acceleration on a flat road before going up a hill. Let that carry you to the top. Once you are approaching the top of the hill, reduce your speed and continue down the hill as slowly as possible.

If the weather conditions are severe, stay home and do not attempt to drive – even if you feel you are experienced at driving in winter weather. While there may be places you need to go, most things can be rescheduled. If possible, take a snow day – have a movie marathon and watch the snow from indoors! Happy winter!

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