Monday, December 29, 2014

Safe Driving Tips: Getting to-and-from Treatment

Here at the Teen with a Dream headquarters we are seeing snow fall by the hour! Although not every patient will have to grapple with snow on their treatment days, we wanted to dedicate this Monday’s “Tips and Tricks” to Winter Driving Tips to ensure safe travels getting to and from the hospital for treatment days!
General Winter Driving Tips
  1. Make sure to check in with your local weather alerts and changing road conditions.
  2. Ensure that your vehicle has been for a “check-up”, avoiding any unexpected issues.
  3. Check all of your vehicles fluid-also keep a stand-by jug of windshield wiper fluid.
Snowy Driving Tips for Treatment Days
  1. Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas. Not only will this provide you with the comfort of knowing you won’t run out of gas, this will also add weight to your car-creating less of a possibility to slip and slide around.
  2. Put together a “survival kit” following treatment including such items as: a receptacle [in case of nausea], water, Ginger-Ale, Gatorades or other beverages in case of nausea and to help combat that yucky taste chemo causes, and little snacks that may also help with an upset stomach. By having this survival kit will help keep you on the road, avoiding extra stops and getting you home quicker.
  3. “Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads”[AAA]
  4. Make to sure to have a shovel in the car at all times during the winter months. It is better to be prepared in case your car gets stuck, and have a shovel to help dig out.

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