Due to our state's drought conditions, many Kansans haven't seen rain in a very long time. Some drivers may feel as though they must learn to drive on wet roads and through storms and rain all over again. You may be feeling a little rusty or think you have forgotten the hazards that come when driving during rainy and stormy conditions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, rainy conditions cause more than 700,000 car accidents each year. These accidents cause about 330,000 injuries and more than 3,000 deaths.
When it starts raining again here in southwest Kansas, here are a few safety rules to remember:
* Keep your mind on the road. Conversation, radios, cell phones and other gadgets distract your attention. In severe weather, distractions add to more risk.
* Turn on your headlights. It's the law when visibility is low. Most cars now are neutral colors. These colors blend into the background in stormy weather. This makes it more important to remember to turn on headlights.
* Check it out. Before you make the trip, make sure your windshield wipers work properly, your tires are in good shape, and you have enough window washer fluid.
* Hydroplaning danger. Hydroplaning happens when your car's tires get more traction from the water on the road than they do from the road. One-twelfth of an inch of rain and a speed of 35 miles per hour can cause your car to slide uncontrollably. If you start to hydroplane, let up on the accelerator slowly and steer straight ahead until you regain control.
* Can the cruise control. Turn off your cruise control in rainy conditions. On slick roads, cruise control can actually cause you to lose control. And if hydroplaning happens, your car will go even faster.
Do you like shopping at the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings? We have a few sets of vouchers available to persons age 60-plus, who reside in Finney County and who meet certain income guidelines. If interested, call Barbara at 272-3620 for more information.
Thanks for help
Many thanks to the RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.
Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. The Association board meets at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.
Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.
Tuesday has walking at 8:30 a.m. at Lee Richardson Zoo. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.
July 31 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring "Last Resort" begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.
Lunch is served at noon.
Thursday: Lasagna, peas, perfection gelatin salad, fruit yogurt parfait, French bread.
Friday: Baked fish, hash brown potatoes, Capri vegetables, cinnamon roll, fruit mix.
Monday: Meat loaf, au gratin potatoes, green beans, citrus fruit cup, wheat roll.
Tuesday: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, asparagus, pudding, wheat roll.
July 31: Bierock, peas, carrots, creamy fruit salad, wheat bread.
Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.