Women's Golf Sharpens Winter Driving Skills

Jan. 16, 2014

As part of the athletic department's LCARE student-athlete development program, the University of Louisville Women's Golf team participated in a workshop last week to learn the "dos and don'ts" of cold weather driving. With the majority of the team from warm-weather climates, driving in winter weather conditions is a much-needed topic of discussion for these Cardinals. Jeff Gardner Sr., AAA Traffic Safety Manager and father of senior baseball student-athlete, Jeff Gardner Jr., presented driving and vehicle safety tips to the team.

Gardner first presented a training video to highlight road signs, signals, and markings. A second training video demonstrated how to properly drive in conditions where ice and rain are present. Gardner then discussed the necessity of traveling with a "go bag" which contains items a driver may need if stranded (e.g. flashlight, water bottle, snack food, battery-powered radio).

The team took home several informational brochures and handouts which covered information such as Kentucky's newest traffic laws. Before wrapping up the first half of the workshop, Gardner made a point to warn the team about the dangers of texting and driving as well as the newest Kentucky laws regulating this risky habit. The team asked questions throughout the presentation to help them better understand vehicle maintenance.

The final half of the workshop featured a hands-on session. Gardner took the team outside to demonstrate prepping a vehicle for cold weather and caring for common driving issues. The team learned how to locate and check the oil on a vehicle, fill windshield wiper fluid, locate the air filter, check the anti-freeze, and how to jump a dead battery.

The workshop proved to be very helpful and practical for the team. Sophomore Laura Restrepo commented, "I really enjoyed having Mr. Gardner teach us incredibly important information about car maintenance and how to drive safely in dangerous weather situations. His enthusiasm, real life examples and hands on activities made it a wonderful experience!"

"This student-athlete development workshop is the perfect example of how we really try to be creative when educating our student-athletes in various life skills. Car care and maintenance is not something the student-athletes will get in the classroom or on the field, even though it's extremely useful for not only these young adults, but really anyone," commented Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development, Amy Seng. "We would like to thank Mr. Gardner and AAA for helping us prepare our student-athletes to be safe and prepared."