Winter Driving Safety

by Katie Bogusz on January 17, 2017

Many Bridgewater students are commuters which is why it is so important to ensure that our vehicles are prepared for the winter weather!  Even though the icy roads and snowy conditions may scare us sometimes we have responsibilities that force us to get out on the roads. So read on and learn about being prepared for those winter driving months.

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Make sure your Vehicle is Prepared

When the weather is cold it’s important that your battery is fully charged so make sure to be checking it regularly.  It’s important that your lights are working, especially during snow when visibility can be difficult.  The icy and snowy roads means it’s important that your breaks and tires are working well.  Have your breaks checked regularly and make certain your tires are properly inflated and in good condition.  Think of investing in all-season tires or even snow tires to ensure your safety during those winter months.

Check out your vehicle’s cooling system to make sure there is enough antifreeze to prevent freezing in the cold weather.  Refill the system when needed with the best coolant for your vehicle and always look out for leaks!  The windshield wiper, washer, and glass should all be prepped for the winter months to ensure that you have the best visibility.  Wiper blades that streak across your windshield should be replaced, make sure that wiper blades are free of ice and snow, and that the washer reservoir bottle is filled with an antifreeze washer solvent to clean your windshield.

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Make sure YOU are Prepared

Create a winter driving kit with the essentials that you keep in your vehicle.  Include a small snow shovel, snow brush, traction mats, flashlight, window-washing solvent, gloves/mittens, ice scraper, cloth or paper towels, booster cables, blanket, water, and a phone charger.  These items are all important tools for you to have during those winter months to ensure your safety.

Always dress for the weather.  Wear layers to make sure you’ll be prepared if your car breaks down in the cold.  It’s also important to wear sunglasses during the winter especially when there’s snow on the ground to combat the glare.  Make sure that you and everyone else in your vehicle are always wearing your seat belts!  Check your mirrors before you start driving too especially the ones outside of your car which could get covered in ice or snow.

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Be Prepared this Winter!

Winter driving may make you nervous so why not relieve some anxieties and take steps to prepare yourself!  Take action to ensure that you are prepared and safe for the upcoming winter months.  If you’d like more information check out AAA’s winter driving safety tips at,  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events at:


Start your Spring Semester Stress Free and Organized!

by Katie Bogusz on January 10, 2017

Winter break is almost over and in about a week students will be back at Bridgewater getting ready to start the spring semester.  It’s important for everyone to start the semester off with little stress to ensure a great semester.  It’s time to get organized for the upcoming semester.  Read on to find out some helpful tips for organization before the next semester!

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What to do Before Classes Start

Purchase a calendar or use one of the calendars on your smart phone or computer if you have one.  Try and write down all your responsibilities for the month ahead.  This can include class times, work hours, volunteering, and personal events like birthdays or family gatherings.  Planning out your schedule allows you to see times of the year that will be busy so you can plan ahead for those weeks when you won’t have a lot of free time.

Another good tip to prevent stress before classes is to visit campus a couple of days early to check out the locations of your classes.  There is nothing worse than frantically searching for a classroom location on your very first day back.  Instead of going through all that stress on your first day take a trip up with friends for the day or the day your return to campus take a nice stroll around campus to figure out your class locations.


What to do During the Semester

Instead of rushing when you get ready in the morning before class and work create an evening routine that helps you get some of your morning tasks out of the way.  Pick out your outfit, make your lunch, and pack your bag the night before.  The morning can be a stressful time so cutting back on the tasks you have to do during that time can give you more time to sleep and pursue other activities.

Another way to reduce stress is to eat healthy and exercise.  Prepare healthy meals for the week so you are guaranteed a healthy meal even when you’re in a rush.  Now that you have your days planned out thanks to your calendar try and figure out time for exercise.  It doesn’t have to be strenuous or long, even a quick walk with friends or a dancing session can relieve stress.  But when planning out your daily tasks be realistic because if you aren’t then you’ll become stressed when you can’t finish all your tasks for the day!  Make sure to understand how much you can get done in a day so you aren’t exhausting yourself.


Last Minute Tips

Get started now by organizing and de-stressing!  Clean your room at home and donate clothes you don’t wear anymore or items you no longer use.  Get yourself on a sleeping schedule to ensure that you’re well rested for the upcoming semester.  Check to see if you can access your syllabus for any of your classes on blackboard or on your Bridgewater student email.  If you can access your syllabus, read it over and mark your exams or important due dates on your calendar.

A new semester is a time for excitement and change!  So it’s important to get started off organized and with little stress.  Check out Student Health 101, an online magazine that includes useful information for students regarding stress reduction, healthy eating, exercise, and a variety of other topics affecting students.  To access Student Health 101 visit,  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events at:


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