It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Warm weather is here to stay which means it’s time for some exploring and adventures. What’s a better way to go exploring then to go on a hike? Rexburg offers a great variety of hikes for you to choose from. Stay close to Rexburg or venture off a little further away. Here are some of our favorite fun hikes that are close to Rexburg. Make sure to check them out!
The classic R Mountain hike is something that you must do while living in Rexburg. Whether you are going to school or a local, this hike offers a beautiful view of the Rexburg valley. It’s the perfect hike to do on a warm afternoon. If you want to see a breathtaking view, try hiking R Mountain at sunrise. Arrive at the trailhead at dusk and give yourself at least 45 minutes to hike to the top. Bring your camera and blankets so you can watch the sunrise as the sun lights up the Snake River and the Tetons in the distance. This is a fun hike close to Rexburg!
Location: 1098 N 3600 E, Menan, ID 83434
Skill Level: Intermediate
Distance: 3.3 Miles
DARBY WIND CAVES
The Darby Wind Caves offer a great hike to a fun cave! You will want to go when it’s warmer so anytime between August through September. From Rexburg, the drive to the trailhead is about an hour and a half. Plan on spending around six hours total hiking and exploring the cave and waterfall. The hike starts out pretty flat, but get steeper as you climb the side of the canyon up to the cave. You will find that once inside the cave, there is a reason it’s called the “Wind Cave”. Coming through a small whole is a big gust of wind. Dress warm if you plan on going inside the cave. Have fun exploring the waterfall and cave on this hike just outside of Rexburg!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Distance: 5.2 Miles
CRESS CREEK HIKE
If you are looking for a relaxing hike with a beautiful view, then Cress Creek Hike is for you! The best time to visit is from June to October. The first part of this hike is paved and goes up a gentle incline. As you hike, enjoy the view of of the South Fork of the Snake River. Take pictures with the Snake River in the background. You can also enjoy playing by the river at the base of the hike. Cross the bridge and you’ll find yourself at the edge of the river. This is a fun hike for the family and people of all ages!
Location: 11894 S Snake River Rd, Rexburg, ID 83440
Skill Level: Easy
Distance: 1.3 Miles
GOLDBUG HOT SPRINGS
There is nothing better then hiking to natural hot springs! Goldbug Hot Springs is a popular hiking destination during all seasons. Enjoy hiking in the snow or in the hot summer weather. Go with a group of friends and once you hike to the top, sit back and relax in the hot springs. If you want to stay longer, plan on spending the night camping under the stars. Make sure to bring snacks and water to keep yourself hydrated. This is a memorable hike close to Rexburg that you will want to add to your bucket list this summer!
Location: Packsaddle Lake Rd, Tetonia, ID 83452
Skill Level: Intermediate
Distance: 4 Miles
If you’re looking for a fun hike then Packsaddle is definitely for you! It’s up to you to decide how long or short you want the hike to be. You can drive most of the distance to the top of the hike or you can also hike up from the bottom. Once you get to the top of the hill, start down the trail that is descending down the other side of the hill. The hike is very steep but is no more than a quarter to a half a mile long. If you continue down further you will reach the base of the lake and find a rope swing. Go in the summer and enjoy swimming in the lake and swinging on the rope swing! Don’t forget bug spray! Go after June for the snow to be gone. This is a fun hike you will want to do this summer!
Location: Packsaddle Lake Rd, Tetonia, ID 83452
Skill Level: Moderate / Easy
Distance: Depends (about 1 mile round trip starting at the top of the hill)
Easter is right around the corner! Celebrate Easter with some fun egg-celent inspired treats and games. It’s time to mix things up from the usual Easter egg hunts and egg dying. Instead, we’ve got some creative ideas for you to try this Easter with your family and friends. Check out our five fun Easter ideas below!
Emoji Easter Eggs
Looking to change things up when dying your eggs this Easter? Try painting your Easter eggs instead of dying them different colors. These cute Emoji Easter Eggs from Studio DIY are the perfect way to decorate your hard boiled eggs. Grab some yellow paint to paint the base of the eggs. You will also need black, red, blue, white, and pink paint to add faces to your eggs. Make your Easter eggs come to life by adding some fun emoji faces! This is one of our favorite Easter ideas this year!
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Nests
Everyone loves chocolate no bake cookies! Joy Food Sunshine has this delicious No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Nests recipe that you need to check out! All you need is peanut butter, honey, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, oats and shredded coconut. Add a little something extra to your no bake cookies by putting some yummy Cadbury eggs on the top of the cookies! It’s the perfect Easter treat!
Paint Filled Eggs
How about instead of decorating Easter eggs, you fill them with paint instead? All you need are some hard boiled eggs that you hallow out. Next, fill these eggs with bright colored paint. Then you will want to cover them with tissue paper to keep the paint from falling out. Use either a large canvas or poster board to create your work of art on. Set this up outside so that it doesn’t’ get too messy. Take turns throwing the paint filled eggs on the canvas to create your art. Once you have thrown all your eggs, set your masterpiece aside to let it dry! For step by step instructions head to Growing a Jeweled Rose.
Play Egg Roulette
If your in the mood for a fun easter game, then this game is for you! Take a carton of eggs and hard boil about eight of the twelve eggs. Keep the other four eggs raw. Lay down plastic table cloths or garbage bags if you plan on playing this game inside. Challenge an opponent and one at a time, reach for an egg. Each player must take a turn smashing that egg on their forehead. The game ends when the loser smashes two raw eggs on their forehead. Test your luck by playing this fun game of egg roulette this Easter!
Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt
It’s time to mix things up and try a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt! Instead of finding eggs while it’s light outside, make things a little harder by looking for Easter eggs in the dark. Place small glow sticks inside the eggs to help you spot them in the dark. This adds a fun twist to your usual Easter egg hunt. Try out this creative idea from Eats Amazing for one of your Easter ideas this year!
Now that the sun is out and the snow has finally melted, spring is officially here to stay! The weather forecast shows warmer weather which means it’s time to spend your days outside. Don’t know what to do to enjoy this nice spring weather? No worries, we’ve got ideas just for you! Here are some of our top ideas for you to cross off your bucket list this spring!
Go for a Bike Ride
Enjoy the warm sunshine by going on a bike ride! Grab your family or friends and head outside to enjoy the nice weather on a relaxing bike ride. Ride to the park and meet up with friends to play some games. Cruise around town as you go exploring. Find a tandem bike and make it a date! Whatever you decide to do, have fun as you enjoy a fun bike ride this spring!
Have a Picnic
Head to the park for a yummy picnic. Pack a bag of sandwiches with some snacks to share. Lay down a blanket and enjoy the nice warm sunshine. You can also fire up the outdoor grill and start grilling some hotdogs and hamburgers. Make sure to invite your family and friends over for a fun outdoor picnic this spring!
Go on a Hike
There’s nothing better than getting some fresh air! Grab some friends and head out on a warm afternoon to go on a hike. Explore beautiful views of nature as you go on this fun adventure. You can try different hikes around Rexburg such as hiking R Mountain or Cress Creek. Hike to the top of R Mountain and enjoy the view of the city below. You can also hike Cress Creek which gives you a breathtaking view of the river. Enjoy the view from the top or go explore alongside the river by crossing the bridge. Make sure to add hiking to your bucket list!
You’re going to want s’more of this! Enjoy the warm evenings by roasting some delicious s’mores. Make sure you have graham crackers, chocolate and some marshmallows! You might need to bring some fire wood as well. Once the fire is going, start roasting the marshmallows and making your gooey s’mores. Enjoy the evening under the stars with your friends. You’ll want to be sure that roasting s’mores is on your bucket list this spring!
Watch the Sunrise
You can’t beat a more beautiful site than watching the sunrise in the morning. Wake up early, dress warm and head somewhere to watch the sunrise over the mountains. Pack a small breakfast to eat as you enjoy watching the breathtaking sunrise. If you’re up for an adventure, then hike somewhere like the top of R Mountain to watch the sun come up. This is the perfect activity to add to your spring time bucket list!
Go to a Drive-In Movie
Now that it’s spring, the Drive-In is officially open! Open Friday and Saturday evenings, Teton-Vu Drive-In here in Rexburg is calling your name. Grab a carload of your friends and head to see an outdoor movie at the Drive-In. Don’t forget to fill your car with pillows, couches and blankets. Enjoy watching a movie under the stars this spring! Don’t forget to cross it off your bucket list after you go!
Make Homemade Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream. What’s even better is some delicious homemade ice cream. All you need are some Ziploc bags, rock salt, half and half, sugar, vanilla and ice! Follow the simple recipe to get your Ziploc bags all ready to go. Then start shaking! Once the ice cream has hardened, grab a spoon and start eating! We promise this is definitely something that needs to be added to your spring bucket list!
Fly a Kite
The sun is out which means it’s time to head to the park to fly a kite. You’ll want a day that is a little windy or breezy to help fly your kite. Get a date or invite some friends. Take turns flying the kite up high in the sky. This is a fun spring bucket list activity that you’ll want to cross off of your list!
Got a group of people but don’t know what to do? Tell everyone to come dressed in workout clothes with their tennis shoes. Head to the park or to the upper fields to play a fun game of kickball! Make bets and the losing team has to buy ice cream cones for the winners. This is a free activity to add to your bucket list this spring!
There is nothing better then some delicious grilled kabobs this spring. Grab some pineapple, green peppers, chicken, and a red onion to make some yummy Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs! Lather with different spices as you grill your kabobs. Once they are done cooking, enjoy eating your finger-licking-good kabobs! We promise you’ll want to add this to your spring bucket list more than once!
Valentine’s Day is a special day for many reasons. It’s a day to celebrate with loved ones and to show those around you how much you care for them. Common holiday occurrences are passing out Valentine’s cards to friends, secret admirers and family members. Here at The Village, we decided to join in on this special holiday by making valentine’s for veterans. However, we couldn’t do this task alone so went to some of the local elementary schools to see if they could help.
Making a Tradition
Here at The Village, we wanted to let our residents and people in the community know how important family traditions and family values are to us. After contacting some local elementary schools, we were able to get classes from both Adams Elementary School and Kennedy Elementary School to help out. Last year was our first time doing Valentine’s for Veterans and we were excited to continue on the tradition by doing it again this year. We plan on making this a tradition at The Village and doing it each year.
On February 9th, 2017, we showed up to Ms. Judd’s third grade class to get some help making valentine’s for veterans. We pulled out tons of colored paper, markers, scissors, crayons, coloring pages, and glue. We were amazed how quickly the kids got to work making valentine’s. Within a matter of minutes, we had over 40 colorful valentine cards from this third grade class! Each valentine was personalized to thank the veterans for all that they do.
Our next stop was help from the fourth graders at Kennedy Elementary School on February 10th, 2017. After talking to the entire fourth grade, we divided them up into different classrooms and away they went making valentine’s. Within just an hour, we had over 100 valentine’s for the veterans! This fourth grade class was so creative and they had even personalized their valentine’s. They made their valentine’s so that they would pop out, were 3D or had various origami designs on them. All of these valentine’s were so fun and made the perfect gift for the veterans.
Thank You Veterans
We were so amazed and grateful for the help from these third and fourth grade classes. We were able to hand deliver the 40 different valentine’s from the third grade class to the Outpatient Hospital in Pocatello. After gathering the 100 valentine’s we had from the fourth graders, we mailed these to the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. Overall, we are so thankful for all of these valentine’s and the help we received from the third and fourth grade classes. We are especially grateful for all of the hard work these veterans have put in to protect our country. From everyone here at The Village, we just wanted to say thank you for all you do!
When it comes to deciding where to live, it can be a difficult choice. Living in Rexburg, there are many different housing options you have to choose from. Whether your’e a student looking for a place to live close to campus or a recently married couple looking for your first apartment, here are some ideas to help get you started.
Rexburg offers a variety of housing options, but the main thing you need to understand is the difference between student and community housing. Here are some of the main differences to keep in mind when looking to sign a housing contract.
Student Housing: What to Expect
If you are wanting to live in BYUI approved student housing, first things first, you must be a student attending BYUI. There are many different housing options for you, depending on what you’re looking for. Whether you want a private room, parking garage, laundry, two fridges or only 4 roommates; there is an apartment just for you in Rexburg! Keep in mind that the student housing cost includes both utilities and internet in the total cost. Some student housing apartments have complexes for both guys and girls and others have just guy apartments or girl apartments. So look around, take a tour and see what apartment would best suit you!
Student Housing: Close to Campus
One of the main benefits of living in student housing is how close the apartments are to campus! Some apartments are within a 5-minute walking distance to all your classes. If you choose to live in student housing further from campus, you can always ride a bike or drive your car to class as well. Some apartment complexes even have shuttles that drop and pick students up from campus. No matter what you’re looking for when it comes to student housing, there are many different options close to campus for you to choose from.
Student Housing: Furnished
Looking for a fully furnished apartment to live in? Then student housing is for you! When it comes to student housing, apartment complexes furnish the apartments with couches, beds, fridges and desks. Forget moving into an empty apartment and sleeping on the floor. BYUI approved housing offers its students a great college living experience. Some apartment complexes have more amenities than others. When looking into buying a housing contract, see what amenities each apartment complex has to offer. Some apartments come with two fridges, dishwashers, televisions and air conditioning. It’s time to decide what you’re looking for in an apartment!
Community Housing: What to Expect
The main thing to remember is that community housing and student housing are very different. Community housing is different in the fact that usually graduates, married couples, people in the community or families live there. Depending on where you decide to live, remember that community housing is usually further away from campus. Apartments may not come fully furnished and the payment plan is completely different from student housing. Many times you will need to look ahead for open apartments because community housing is contracted by signing leases.
As you do your research, you will find that each apartment complex provides different amenities and features. Here at The Village, we have great perks for our residents such as 9 different floor plans, a fitness center, game room, lounge, and an outdoor dog park. Find the perfect community housing for you today!
Community Housing: Payment
One of the main differences between student housing and community housing is the payment plan. When it comes to student housing, you sign up and pay for the semester and can choose whether to pay it all up front or monthly. Community housing is different in the fact that you pay rent monthly. You also will sign a set lease that is usually for 6 or 12 months, depending on the apartment complex. Each apartment complex is different and sometimes your utilities are not included in your monthly cost, but instead are an additional cost each month. No matter what you’re looking for, there are many different community housing options for you in Rexburg!
Community Housing: Not Fully Furnished
When looking for places to live, keep in mind that most community housing apartment complexes do not provide fully furnished apartments. Some apartments come with appliances and free wifi, while others will not. It all depends on where you decide to live in the community. Make sure to look ahead and ask apartment complexes what amenities they come with and what additional things you would need to bring with you. Here at The Village, our apartments come furnished with kitchen appliances such as a fridge, microwave, oven and dishwasher. We also provide our residents with a washer and dryer. The only thing you need to bring is your bed and furniture. Head to our website to find out more about all the amenities we have to offer!
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Celebrate this day of love with those you love! Struggling to come up with some Valentine’s Day date ideas to do with your significant other? No worries, here are some fun, simple date ideas for you and your valentine!
Homemade Heart Pizza
There’s nothing better then some delicious homemade pizza! Turn your pizza into a heart with this simple Valentine’s Day date idea. Make sure you have pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and whatever other toppings you want! You can cut your peppers or pepperoni into the shape of hearts to add a little something extra. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day heart pizza with your loved ones.
Recreate Your First Date
Ok seriously what is cuter then recreating your first date on Valentine’s Day? Walk down memory lane by taking your loved one back to the place your first met. Whether you went to get ice cream, went ice skating, or went out to dinner, go back to that same place and recreate your first date all over again! Surprise your loved one by doing this fun date idea this Valentine’s Day!
Fondue for Two
It’s time to warm up some chocolate because this Valentine’s Day you are having a chocolate fondue party for two! This delicious chocolate fondue is made in a slow cooker with just a few simple ingredients. While the chocolate sauce is cooking, get your dipping items ready. You can dip things like strawberries, bananas, pound cake, angel food cake, pretzels, marshmallows, brownies, donuts, Oreos, and graham crackers. This simple Valentine’s Day date idea is super fun and perfect for a romantic evening inside.
Breakfast in Bed
Spoil your loved ones by making them breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day! Grab the muffin and pancake mix to whip up a delicious breakfast! This simple Valentine’s Day date idea will start your day off right. Make pancakes in the shape of a heart and spell out the word love on your plate. You can cut strawberries in the shape of a heart and add those as well! It’s time to spoil your valentine!
Indoor Movie Night
After a crazy Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to come home and relax. Turn your living room or bedroom into an indoor movie theater! Build a fort, hang some lights, and find a good love story movie to watch. Pop some popcorn and enjoy the evening all cuddled up next to your valentine.
When it comes to living at The Village, there are some major perks that come with it! The Village is Rexburg’s premier community housing that has nine different layouts and floor plans with fantastic amenities. Living at The Village is an experience unlike any other! Find out why living here is so great.
Theater room filled with comfy couches, who doesn’t want that? Here at The Village, our clubhouse has a media room that our tenants can reserve whenever they want! Enjoy watching your favorite movies and shows on the big screen. Pop some popcorn, invite your friends, and have a fun evening at our “at home” movie theater! Forget about driving into town to watch a movie when you can do it here at our media room!
You can reserve the media room on our website today!
Here at The Village, we are a pet friendly apartment complex. Let your dogs enjoy running around and playing in our dog park. Just this last summer, we renovated the dog park and almost doubled its size! Our dog park is gated which allows you to unleash your dogs and let them run free. The dog park is filled with various toys and obstacles for your dogs to play with! Bring your dogs to the dog park today!
No need to worry about buying a gym membership because here at The Village, we’ve got a gym just for you! Located at our 5,000 square foot clubhouse, our tenants will find our fitness center filled with machines and weights. Enjoy working out on the treadmill, elliptical, or lifting weights. Come work out with The Village today!
Living at The Village means enjoying our 5,000 square foot clubhouse. Our clubhouse is one of a kind and offers many different amenities for our tenants to use. Enjoy our media room, fitness room, lounge area, billiards room, children’s indoor romper room, computer workstations, and wireless internet 24/7. You can even find our on-site management at the clubhouse as well. Reserve the clubhouse for parties and events by simply calling or heading to our website. Come party at The Village today!
Different Apartment Layouts
Something that makes The Village different from other housing complexes is that we have 10 different apartment floor plans. Whether you’re looking for a one or two-bedroom apartment, we’ve got a variety of floor plan options for you. We offer our residents larger floor plans with high quality construction. You can find out more about our floor plans on our website. Find the apartment that best suits you at The Village!
Living at The Village means living in a neighborhood. Here at The Village, we try our best to keep the grounds well-maintained for our tenants. Enjoy some fresh air by taking a stroll on our sidewalks and playing on the grass in the summer. We also have an outdoor park area for your kids to play on. No need to drive to a park when you have one here for you!
Bring on spring! Here at The Village, we understand what it’s like to live in an apartment. That’s why we have garden boxes for our tenants to rent out. These garden boxes are the perfect way to grow a little garden with your family. Buy some seeds and get your garden growing today! Send us pictures of your growing garden boxes this spring!
Living at The Village means living in a prime location. The Village has easy freeway access and is about 20 minutes from the Idaho Falls Airport. You can enjoy traveling to places such as Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park that are only just a couple of hours away. Whether you’re a student going to school or a Rexburg resident, The Village is the ideal location for you. Everything you need is just a couple minutes away. Living at The Village definitely has its perks, so come live at The Village today!
5 fun and cheap ideas to do during the winter other than watching Netflix!
Let’s be honest, it’s cold outside. So instead of bundling up to go out and play with friends on a Friday night, you sit on your couch with a bowl of popcorn in one hand and the TV remote in the other. You open Netflix and continue watching your latest Netflix binge show. Fast forward and now it’s Saturday evening. You are still sitting on the couch, and now you’re 3 seasons into your new show. It’s time to change this. Although it is cold outside, there are fun winter activities that you and your friends can do for cheap!
Go Ice Skating
What’s more fun that balancing on thin blades on super slippery ice? Whether you’re a beginner or professional, ice skating is something fun that everyone can do! There are many places to go ice skating in and around Rexburg. There are two different outdoor ice skating rinks; one in Rexburg and the other in Rigby. Idaho Falls offers a great indoor ice skating rink if it’s a little too chilly to go outside. So you may not be an Olympic ice skater, but you can still have fun skating with family and friends!
Build a Snow Fort
So you need a little space from your husband or roommates, we get it. Sounds like it’s time to get outside and enjoy all that snow piled up everywhere! Grab your shovels, coats, and friends because today you are building a snow fort! Once you’ve got your fort all built, enjoy drinking some warm hot chocolate inside. Anything is better than staying inside and watching Netflix, just saying.
It’s time to get up from that couch and turn Netflix off! Grab your coat, hat, and gloves because it’s sledding time! You don’t need super nice sleds or hills to go sledding on. Instead, make do with what you have. Whether it’s a garbage can lid or a plastic bin, just grab something that will work. Find some hills near you or make your own sledding race track. Challenge your friends by racing them down the hill. We promise it’ll be a much better break from homework then watching Netflix.
Who said you have to go to the mountains to go skiing? The nice thing about skiing is that there are so many different ways or kinds of skiing. If you’re not wanting to drive all the way to the mountains, then grab your skis and poles and try out cross country skiing. If you’re wanting the real deal, then head to the ski hill and enjoy the day skiing or boarding down the mountain. Have a full day of classes? No worries, because night skiing might be just for you! Head up in the evening and enjoy a couple of hours on the ski hill that is all lit up for you! Whatever type of skiing you want to do, find time to do it this winter instead of turning Netflix back on.
Go To The Hot Springs
We get it, you don’t want to bundle up and go outside in the cold. How about jumping in your swim suit and heading to a nearby hot springs? You can still enjoy the warm hot springs even when it’s in the negatives outside! The nice thing about Rexburg is that there are multiple different hot springs nearby that are both indoor and outdoor. Many students like driving and hiking to Goldbug Hot Springs in Salmon Idaho. If your looking for a little more relaxed trip, then try out Green Canyon, Heise or Lava Hot Springs. Although it’s not the same as relaxing on the couch watching Netflix, relaxing in a hot tub sounds so much better!
Let’s be honest, Rexburg has been brutally cold this winter. There have been points where Rexburg has been colder than both the North Pole and Antarctica! As we spend our days dreaming of warm sandy beaches, we must remember to keep warm this brutally cold winter. Here are just 5 simple tips to help you survive the 0 degree weather in Rexburg.
Layer, Layer, Layer
Forget the shorts and jacket free life. It’s time to pull out your winter coats, boots, hats and gloves. Whether you’re outside for a couple of minutes walking to class or even scrapping your car window off to go to work, make sure you are bundled up in the 0 degree weather. With a combination of layers, you are more likely to keep your body warmth in and keep the cold out.
Eat Filling Food
Although your New Year’s goal was probably to eat less and lose weight, it is still important to eat filling meals to keep your body warm during the winter. Eating heathy and filling meals during the winter helps your body to fend off colds and boosts your metabolism. Warm up your body by eating foods such as soups or chili, and drinking lots of hot cocoa! Say goodbye to being cold in the 0 degree weather!
Keep Everything Covered!
When it comes to negative degree weather, it’s very important to take care of your body. Fingers, toes, ears, and the tip of your nose are areas that are most susceptible to frostbite. Wear gloves to keep your hands covered and free from any chance of getting frostbite. Wear wool socks and boots to keep your feet protected from the cold and wet snow. Also wear a hat or scarf to keep your ears covered and warm.
Prepare Your Car
With the weather so cold, you need to be aware that your car will be different than what you are used to. Your car will be completely frozen, sometimes from the inside and out. Always allow for extra time to get ready and drive to your destination. Your car needs to warm up before being driven in the negative degree weather. Start your car early to allow for it to defrost. Snowy, slick roads will take extra time to drive on so be cautious and careful. It may also be a good idea to always keep your car filled up with gas and to have an extra blanket in the trunk in case of emergencies, especially in the 0 degree weather.
Take Care of Yourself
With winter comes coughs, colds, and a lot of runny noses. Make it your goal to keep yourself healthy and hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. Go to bed early to make sure that you wake up with energy to help get you through the day. Keep your body warm by bundling up any time you go outside. Most importantly, take care of yourself this winter in the negative degree weather in Rexburg.
With the Christmas season just a few days away, everyone will be hustling and bustling to get home for the holidays. Here at The Village, we want everyone to make it home safe and sound this Christmas! Driving on snow covered roads can be dangerous so make sure you are ready and prepared to make your trip home. Here are just a few safety tips to remember before making your journey home.
Scrape Car Windows
Although it is annoying, scraping your frozen car windows is very important. Make sure to scrape both the front and back windows so that you can see the cars in front of you along with the cars behind you. Don’t’ scrape just enough for you to barely see out the window. Scraping your car windows will help eliminate blind spots so that you can travel safe.
Always Wear Your Seatbelt
Wearing your seatbelt is something that you should always do, no matter the time of the year. This winter, especially make sure to buckle up and wear your seatbelt. Driving in snow can be dangerous and it is important to always be safe. Accidents are more prone during the winter due to the icy roads. Make sure to keep yourself safe by buckling up!
Avoid Driving When Tired
Trying to balance your life with school, work, finals, and dating can be a lot. Let’s just say that by the end of the semester, everyone looks like zombies walking around campus. Sleep is something that you tend to get less and less of the closer you get to the break. Make sure to not let this lack of sleep affect your driving. Instead, make safe driving plans so that you can be alert and aware on the roads. If you’re too tired to drive, maybe take a power nap beforehand or get a good nights sleep and start your drive early the next morning.
Keep Gas Tank at Least Half Full
You never know when something could suddenly go completely wrong. To help keep yourself safe this winter, make sure to always keep your gas tank at least half full. You may get lost, get stuck or even find yourself in an accident. It is always wise to have gas in your car to help keep you warm. Keeping a blanket in your trunk is another wise think to carry during these cold winter months.
No Cruise Control on Slippery Roads
As much as we all love cruise control, we need to remember to be very careful driving with it during the winter. It’s hard to see when the roads are icy and you never know when you might hit some black ice. If you can tell the roads are snowy and icy, you may not want to risk it driving with your cruise control on. Instead be alert and aware by driving with your foot on the gas and keeping close to the breaks.
The most important key to driving safe during the winter is to DRIVE SLOW! Many people think that they can still go the speed limit or drive as fast as they normally would. You need to remember to allow yourself extra time wherever you go. Driving in the snow takes more time and you need to be more cautious than you think. When accelerating and decelerating, make sure to do both of those slowly as well.
Know Your Brakes
Many people underestimate the power of their breaks during the winter months. When driving, it is your first instinct to slam on the breaks when you suddenly need to stop. Although this was a great idea in the summer, it’s not during the winter. Slamming on your breaks can cause you to slide or spin out. Remember to go slow and to decelerate slower. When decelerating, pump your breaks. Pumping your breaks can keep your car from sliding or spinning out. As long as your take things slow, you should be fine!