Yearly Archives: 2016


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Many factors can contribute to an automobile accident, and weather can set the stage for collisions. But it isn’t just inclement weather that can get the best of us while we’re on the road. Weather can affect driving at any time of the year.

The lingering effects of winter are still making vehicles susceptible to damage—just ask any driver who has cracked a wheel driving over a deep pothole. In addition, the storms this time of year bring slick roads, hail, strong wind gusts and flooding, all of which can affect your vehicle.

Here are a few weather conditions that can affect driving and some tips on how to drive in them:
Tips for driving in the rain:

  • Turn on your headlamps to help other drivers see you
  • Slow down and leave room for stopping
  • Avoid slamming on your brakes to help prevent skids
  • Don’t drive through standing water or flooded roads

When driving in fog:

  • Use low-beam headlamps to see and help others see you
  • Give yourself time to react when visibility is low
  • Avoid sudden stops in case there are vehicles behind you
  • Use the road edge or painted road marking as a guide

In sunny weather:

  • Use your visor to help block out the sun
  • Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out
  • Use your headlamps to help other drivers see you coming
  • Use lane markings as a guide when it’s too bright to see

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement, which worked for equal rights for all. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice.  He also did all he could to make people realize that “all men are created equal.” Because of his great work, in 1964 King received the Nobel Peace Prize — the youngest person ever to receive this high honor. King was also a Baptist minister. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was just 39 years old. His birthday is now observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in January. Congressman John Conyers first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. Petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress.  Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.  Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.


“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  – Martin Luther King

Here are some links with more information about the history of this holiday including a biography of Dr. King, a quiz for kids and a junior crossword.


To read the full I Have a dream Speech go to: