Visiting friends and family is a great way to celebrate the season. But before you pack your car for an out-of-town trip, prepare your vehicle for the winter weather. Here are some tips to stay safe on icy roadways.

1. Slow down: Slowing down is the most important thing to do while driving on ice and snow. Go slower than the speed limits posted.

2. Pull over: The best way to avoid an accident is by staying off an icy roadway. Pull over in a safe spot until a storm passes or the roadways are cleared. Also, think about checking into a hotel versus continuing your journey in bad weather.

3. Avoid hills and winding roads: If you attempt to drive up a steep hill, gravity will take over, leaving you helpless. Navigate around steep hills if possible, even if it takes much longer than your anticipated travel time.

Read more tips here if you do decide to travel in bad weather this holiday season.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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