Safety, slow is fast Published Nov. 26, 2014 By Lt. Col. Nils Halberg 22nd Air Refueling WIng, chief of safety MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- As you are all aware, the operations tempo here at AMC's premier air refueling wing continues to remain high as 2014 comes to a close. Whether you are gearing up for a deployment, participating in a base exercise or providing world-class support to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing mission, please take the time to think before you act so you, your family, and your fellow Airmen are kept safe both on and off-duty. Traffic safety is a high-priority item here at McConnell, and winter driving safety is at the top of that list. Be sure your car is in good mechanical condition before it gets cold. It is a good idea to keep your vehicle fueled up, check your battery strength and have a good depth of tread on your tires. As a good rule of thumb, insert the edge of a penny into the tread with Lincoln going in headfirst. If the top of Lincoln's head is covered by tread that means there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread. If not, replace the tire. A winter safety kit will come in handy for those times when you are stuck in your car. This should include a minimum of blankets, flashlights, and a first aid kit. Please do not drive while distracted. We all get tempted to answer that phone call or text message, but I ask you to obey the state and base traffic laws and make the smart, safe decision to keep your phone put away while operating your vehicle. I know many of you will be planning vacations, trips or outdoor activities this winter with your family and friends. I ask that you use your risk management training and apply sound RM principles to ensure you and your family return from these activities safely. Plan to have travel time to avoid long drives that will result in fatigue and possibly a vehicle mishap. Outdoor winter activities can be fun, but they also bring with them many safety hazards so please think before you act when accomplishing these types of activities. Lastly, always be prepared for severe weather in Kansas, especially hail, ice storms, and tornadoes. Ensure you have a working weather radio, first-aid kit, and designated emergency shelter location in your home to protect you and your family during severe weather. Drive to arrive alive. Echoing Col. Jackson, "Slow is Fast" when on the road. Thank you for all you do each and every day and have a fun, safe holiday season!