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Winter Driving Can Be Stressful

Winter Driving Can Be Stressful
Tips to Help You be Better Prepared

Winter Driving Cartoon provided by military cartoonist Pat Hrabe, creator of TubeDaze.com

Whether you are a veteran of cold winter weather driving or if you are experiencing the hazards of snowy or icy roads for the first time, there are some steps you can take to be better prepared and fight off unwanted stress.

In order to stay safe on the road, the Safety Center advises that Sailors do a number of things to prepare for driving.

 “Sailors need to plan their trips,” said Bonnie Revell, traffic safety specialist. “They need to be aware of the weather, carry emergency kits, blankets, some extra sand in the vehicle (to weigh down the rear) and the most important thing is, slow down for the circumstances that you’ll be driving in.”

Stop and make a plan. Prepare for the unexpected.

10 Winter Driving Tips to Lower Your Stress Level:

–       Determine if you “can travel later?”

–       In addition to an emergency kit, have a shovel, snack, water, gloves, scraper with a brush on one end and flash light

–       Fill up with fuel

–       Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination

–       Don’t drive under extreme fatigue or text while driving

–       Check your windshield wiper blades for wear and tear, replace if necessary

–       Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

–       Avoid sudden breaking, accelerating too quickly or harsh steering in slippery conditions

–       Let someone know you are traveling and what time you expect to arrive

–       If visibility becomes poor find a safe place to pull off the road

Other considerations:
-Be sure to check your installations website or Facebook page for possible installation closures or delays in reporting for non-essential personnel.

– Watch the local news weather report for possible school delays or cancellations.

Driving in adverse weather conditions can be very stressful. Taking the extra time to make a plan and prepare is the key to winter safety risk management and to lowering your stress level.

Source articles:

Combating Complacency in the New Year
Naval Safety Center Warns About Winter Driving Dangers
NSC Offers Winter Safety Tips

Laughing Relieves Stress

Laughter can be the best medicine when it comes to reducing your stress level.  Laughing is good for your health and a good chuckle can change your perspective. The gift of humor, of using pictures to make light of the trials and tribulations of military life is the stock in trade of four generous cartoonists whose work we’ll be highlighting here. 

We’d like to thank Jeff Bacon, creator of “Broadside”, Julie Negron, creator of “Jenny Spouse”, Mike Jones, creator of “Ricky’s Tour” and Pat Hrabe, creator of “Tube Daze”, and welcome them as contributors to the OSC blog! 

Here are their interpretations of the Green, Yellow, Orange and Red Stress Continuum:

Jeff Bacon

Pat Hrabe

Mike Jones

Julie Negron


Look for a new cartoon to be featured each Thursday!

Meet the Cartoonists:
Jeff BaconJeff Bacon’s first Navy Times cartoon was published in March 1986. By the end of that year, the panel was titled “Broadside” and has appeared weekly ever since.  In 2006, his Marine-oriented cartoon “Greenside” began its run in Marine Corps Times.  His cartoons have been displayed at the Navy Art Gallery and the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., and have been published in three books:  The Best of Broadside, Book II: the Rest of Broadside, and 20 Years of Broadside.  www.broadside.net


Pat HrabePat Hrabe is best known for his animated space Navy cartoon, “Hey, Shipwreck – The most accurate depiction of submariners ever produced.” 

His new series “Tube Daze”, was just released in Jan 2009 and fans can look forward to “Join the Navy”, an animated movie in late 2010.  www.tubedaze.com




Mike JonesMike Jones, the son of a Navy Journalist, enlisted in the Navy himself in 1996.  Mike was transferred to Keflavik, Iceland, were he developed a collection of Navy-specific comics featuring a hapless Sailor with horrible dental work.  The U.S. Navy magazine “All Hands” responded enthusiastically to the idea and began publishing “Ricky’s Tour” in February 1999.  By 2003, “Ricky’s Tour” became a regular feature in numerous military publications, including the Stars and Stripes.  www.rickystour.com


Julie NegronJulie Negron has been an illustrator since the age of four.  Julie is the creator of “Jenny Spouse” which appears weekly in the Stars and Stripes, numerous military newspapers and has been featured in the Lifetime TV hit series ARMY WIVES. 

Julie is an Air Force spouse and has PCS’d around the world including Germany and Japan.  www.jennyspouse.com