Winter vs. your car

By: Jill Prince

With winter officially upon us, it can be difficult to navigate campus when weather presents itself. But with Ohio weather, it can be hard to tell when and if we will get any winter storms at all. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s going to be a cold winter.

“It’s going to be a “teeth-chattering” cold one, with plenty of snow.

Just how cold will it be? The real teeth-chattering arrives mid-February especially in the following zones:  Northeast/New England, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Southeast (yes, even the Southeast will be in the chill zone!),” states the Farmer’s Almanac.

So, what does this mean for students at the University of Findlay? According to Captain Steve Baum of UF Campus Security, there are some precautions and tips students should know when traveling around campus and Findlay this season.

“Make sure to check both the weather and your vehicle before heading out on the road,” Baum said. “Check the ignition, brakes, battery, and other systems and make sure they are in working order.”

According to the National Safety Council, other systems to check up on include wiring, timing and fan belts, spark plugs, all filters, tires, air pressure, and antifreeze levels. The website also states that make sure to keep the fuel tank from getting too low as the fuel may freeze.

It’s also important to carry special safety items with you when you travel in bad weather. The National Safety Council recommends carrying a spare tire, shovel, jumper cables, snow scraper, tool kit, and other safety items. These items can be found on their website.

If students don’t feel safe or need a jump, they can call campus security anytime at 419-434-4799.

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