Driving on loose sand is one of the hardest terrains for 4×4 vehicles because it’s so easy to sink into the sand if you don’t do it right. Beach sand is easy—it’s wet and beaten down by hundreds of feet every day. Desert sand is more difficult, but it’s doable if you follow these easy tips for driving on sand.
First of all, you need to put your car in low gear and let some air out of your tires. The lower pressure increases the amount of tire that touches the sand, letting it glide over the sand instead of digging into it.
Somewhere between 12 and 15 psi is good—it’s obviously much too low to drive on pavement, but the softness of the sand means your wheels aren’t going to hit solid ground and bend, so there’s nothing to worry about. But don’t forget to re-inflate them when you get back to solid ground!
It’s also much harder to turn on sand, so don’t take curves too quickly, and make it wide if you can so you can turn gradually. If you start to get stuck, straighten out and get some momentum back before you try to turn again.
If your tires start spinning and sinking into the sand, try to ease backwards and give yourself some kind of traction if you can, like a floor mat or chain. If you’re near fresh water, wetting the sand can help, but don’t use your drinking water!
Remember, it’s safest to do this in a 4WD vehicle. Front-wheel drive is a big no and rear-wheel drive is only a little better.
Getting into the holiday spirit is easy if your home looks like it belongs in a winter wonderland. Christmas decorations can be expensive, though. If you really want a festive home, you should consider creating some DIY Christmas decorations. Whether you are throwing a holiday party or merely want an eye-catching—and delicious—centerpiece, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some Christmas decorations ideas for your home.
Create your own yarn tree. If you don’t have a lot of space for a real tree, or merely want to liven up your entry way, then consider making your very own yarn tree. This decoration is easy to make. Simply cut strands of yarn to the needed height and create paper-circle ornaments out of patterned paper. Attach these options in a tree-like shape and add a beautiful star to the top. You can even use strings of holiday lights instead of yarn to truly get in the holiday spirit.
Make an edible centerpiece. Having bowls of candy sitting around the house is a great idea during a holiday party, but you can easily turn this bowl into a gorgeous decoration. Grab a glass cylindrical candle holder and candy wrapped in red, green, and silver wrapping. Alternate these candies in color-coded layers, then add a festive bow to the candle holder.
It’s almost that long awaited fall evening that graces us with its spooky presence each year. Halloween is a favorite for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love of dressing up. Before you and the little monsters, ghosts or princesses head out for the evening, follow these tips for the best trick-or-treat night ever.
Deciding which route you will take ahead of time will save you time and keep you on track. Pick a walk that will keep you away from heavy traffic and under the street lamps. Make sure you walk in a loop so that you can cover more ground and make the most of your time out.
Halloween night can be chilly, so make sure that costumes are as warm as possible. Long sleeves, tights and hats can add to a costume while also adding a little extra warmth. Trick-or-treat night also requires a lot of time walking, so make sure everyone wears comfortable shoes!
Save Some for Later
Once the actual trick-or-treating is over, celebrate and warm up with a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider. While the kids are sipping on their drinks, the adults can sort through the candy, checking for any tears or punctures in the wrappers. Once every piece has been checked, allow the kids to pick some portion of their candy to eat that night. The rest should be saved for later dates. After all, they should keep something sweet to snack on before the Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies abound!
Driving is one of the leading causes of fatalities and injuries for most young people. That’s why it’s important to teach traffic safety tips to children and young adults, and it’s also a good idea to remind yourself of the basics as an adult. Read on to see some traffic safety tips everyone should follow.
For young children, try teaching the basics of pedestrian safety. Children should understand that traffic can hurt them, that it is very dangerous (try not to scare them, however). Teach them to look left, right, then left again when crossing to instill good habits, and make sure they always cross with an adult (if under 10 years old). Children should know to cross only at crosswalks, and to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they are seen. Most importantly, set good examples by following these rules yourself.
For teen drivers, there are a different range of things to think about. Traffic fatalities have risen significantly in the past few years, according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Sit down with your teens to develop a list of limitations and rules. Working collaboratively can help them to feel more invested, and it also clearly establishes rules without sounding authoritarian. Focus on the following:
- Cell phones
- Passenger distractions
Finally, consider safety tips yourself. For adults, texting is often a major issue—don’t set bad examples for others. Also, be sure to remain calm behind the wheel, as road rage can lead to speeding, distracted thoughts, and worse. Always look twice at intersections, as our brains often fail to account for bikes and motorcycles. Last but not least, stay up to date on the latest traffic laws (cell phone rules, for example).
Safe driving from Olathe Ford!