Winter is coming. Soon the snow will come to bury the remaining orange leaves lying on the ground, and I’ll have a hard time blending in. But that’s okay. The blinding white of the snow just makes my orange fur stand out that much more.
With that said, make sure you’re prepared for winter. So here’s a few tips for the oncoming, wet, cold, snowy months.
- Make sure to keep your pets inside, where its warm and dry. Us animals may have fur coats, but they only do so much.
- Make sure you have good winter clothes. Snow boots without holes, adequate coats, hats and gloves are a must.
- Ice scrapers for your car. Mornings can be stressful enough when you want to sleep in (which I can, not to rub it in), but they’re even more stressful when your windshield is coated in ice. Additionally, here’s a guide on how to remove windshield wipers frozen to the windshield.
- Three things: snow tires, snow chains, black ice, and careful driving. Have at least one of the first two, watch out for the third, and practice the fourth as much as possible. This last one is important year round, but especially so when the roads are slick.
- If, for whatever reason, you have your windows cracked while driving, make sure you roll them all the way back up before exiting. If you don’t, you’ll come back to a car interior whose windows are frosted like a cold mug at a nice restaurant.
- Before you travel, make sure to check out a weather forecast. It’s no good setting out thinking you’ll be traveling down a dry road and then getting caught in the middle of a blizzard.
- If a blizzard is coming, make sure to stock up on food that you don’t need electrical appliances to cook. You may not get a hot meal on a cold night, but at least you’ll have something to eat.
- From AAA’s winter driving tips, keep your gas tank at least half filled to prevent freezing gas lines.
- Cat litter makes for good traction, whether you need to walk on an icy sidewalk or your car’s stuck in mud. And to think I do my business in the stuff!
- The Center for Disease Control has a page with good suggestions for winter health that I haven’t covered here. Be sure to check it out!