Early this Saturday, it was frigid cold in Michigan. The car's temperature gauge displayed -3 degrees. That kind of cold makes everything icy and increases ones chance of ending up in a ditch! This poor unfortunate soul was one of many who lost control, when their car hit an icy patch.
Some drivers are not as careful as others. This was evident today when in a matter of seconds after a car sped by us, that we watched in awe as it spun out of control across the road. The old white car circled and then slid right through the fence into the field.
Sliding happens to the best of us, but there are things that wise drivers do to stay on the road.
To drive safely on icy roads, the Weather Channel suggests:
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads
As Christians we are faced every day with dangerous situations and temptations! We must be wise in the way that we handle these icy patches in our lives or we will also find ourselves sliding into situations that we don't want to be in!No one falls into sin, it is a step by step slide that ends up with some hefty consequences!
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. I Corinthians 10:12-13