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Here are 15 of our favorite facts and tidbits about St. Patrick’s Day:
1. St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
2. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737).
3. Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
4. The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover.
5. Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.
6.Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
7. 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day.
8. Guiness is one of the most popular drinks on St. Patrick’s Day.
9. Shamrock shakes are also very popular (and tasty!)
10. There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
11. The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family.
12. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
13. The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in an Irish village. It lasts only 100 yards, between the village’s two pubs.
14. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago dyes the river green for a few hours.
15. St. Patrick never got canonized by a pope, making his saintly status somewhat questionable.
Winter weather is hitting all over the country. Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the road while commuting in the rain:
Stay Calm and Stay Alert-
Keep both hands on the wheel at all times. During heavy rain or storms, turn off all distractions such as cell phones or the radio and focus on the road.
Turn On Your Lights-
Driving with your headlights on will help you see the road and helps other drivers see your vehicle. Always use your turning signal before changing lanes or making turns.
Slow Down and Take Your Time-
Roads are most dangerous shortly after it begins to rain as dirt and grime will mix with oils from the asphalt and create slicker driving conditions. Slowing down will prevent your car from hydroplaning and will help reduce the possibility of skidding. Car tires can lose traction with the road at speeds as low as 35 mph or in as little as a ½ inch of water. Avoid hard braking and sharp turns to ensure your tires maintain contact with the road.
Increase Your Stopping Distance-
Increase the distance between you and the vehicles in front of you. This will give you both space and time to react to sudden changes on the road. It is impossible to predict what other drivers will do, especially in poor weather conditions. As a precaution, leave about three to five car lengths of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.