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A bicycle accident occurred on Thursday, October 22, 2015, in Rigby, Idaho when a vehicle struck a seven year-old boy riding his bike. The Rigby police department responded to an accident around 8:15 am. The driver of the car was an 18-year-old girl who was unable to see clearly through the frosted windows on her vehicle. According to the police the child sustained injuries and was transported by private transportation to seek medical treatment. The driver of the car was citied for an obstructed windshield.

With the colder weather of winter on it’s way it is important to remember to give yourself extra time in your travels. Planning extra time so that you can take the time and fully do things such as scrape your windows is so much safer for everyone. There are many safety tips for winter driving that are important to remember, especially in an area like where we are at where weather can change quickly and get so severe. The Department of Highway Safety recommends the following tips for any kind of driving in the winter. The first is to avoid driving when fatigued. The second is to never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area. Other tips are to make sure your vehicle tires are properly inflated, keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid freeze-ups, and to avoid using cruise control on any slippery surface. These are tips to remember regardless of the distance that you are planning on traveling. There are also important tips to keep in mind for long-distance trips and driving in the snow.

When driving in the snow it is important to remember to drive slowly, and accelerate and decelerate slowly. It is also very important to know your breaks and whether or not you have antilock brakes. For long distance trips, watch the weather and to make sure that you have a cell phone, blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication packed in the car incase you get stranded or experience some type of emergency. Most important though is to pay even more attention to the roads as winter comes.