You might have read the post I shared last week about how to survive winter without going stir crazy. Well, today I’m going to share a few more tips with you. Except these ones aren’t so much to help with the cabin fever but to help you stay safe through the winter months (which somehow seem to last longer than the rest of the months). Unfortunately, winter, in general, can be a huge safety hazard. Driving is more difficult, given the lack of daylight and the icy roads. Your car seems to always choose January or February to break down. And “warm” clothing and “fashionable” clothing never seem to mesh. So here are three tips you should be following to survive winter as painlessly as possible.
Trust me, friends. I know that winter boots and bulky winter coats aren’t the most fashionable pieces in any closet. I would much rather wear heels and a coat that shows off at least some semblance of my shape. And I would rather not have to wear inch-thick tights under every skirt and dress. But when you live somewhere that gets hit with real winter, dressing weather-appropriate is no longer just a matter of comfort, but more of a matter of safety. So, at least on the coldest days, pull out those winter boots and that bulky winter coat, and just carry a change of shoes in your bag. I would also recommend always keeping extra blankets and warm clothes in your car during the winter.
Take Care of Your Car
I don’t know if you’ve ever found yourself stuck outside with a broken down care when the temperature is hanging out in the single digits. If not, consider yourself lucky. For me, it was a flat tire last winter. I didn’t appreciate leaving my house to find the flat tire. I can guarantee Dave didn’t appreciate leaving the comfort of his warm, cozy office to come help me change said flat tire. And neither of us appreciated the 20-year-old mini-van with no working heat that the mechanic lent us while he fixed my tire.
The whole situation probably could have been avoided had I filled my tire when the light on the dashboard initially told me my tire pressure was getting low. Just like so many of the car troubles people experience in winter are avoidable. So make sure to take care of your car! Take it in for an oil change when you’re supposed to, and keep the fluids topped off. Otherwise, you’ll be kicking yourself while hanging out on the side of the road next to your broken-down car while you wait for a tow truck.
This is an essential tip to help you survive winter painlessly. Some days during winter I walk out the door and am pleasantly surprised by the weather. It’s not snowing, the sun is shining, my fingers aren’t number yet, etc. Unfortunately, I feel like these days are few and far between in Wisconsin. It’s far more likely that it’s overcast and the temperature is plummeting by the hour. And worse case scenario, it’s snowing. Dave and I do a lot of traveling on the weekends to visit friends and family, and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to leave work on a Friday evening, excited to get in the car and head to our destination, only to discover that we’re mid-snowstorm.
This year, Dave and I adopted a different strategy. This winter we’ve been using an app called SnowCast. We purchased it in the Apple App Store for $2.99, and it’s been totally worth it! As you can probably guess from its name, the purpose of this app is to tell you what the snow fall will be in your location for the next 48 hours. It breaks it down in 6-hour increments, so it’s easy to see what the snowfall will be like during a given time of day. Plus you can set the app to notify you if you’ll be getting a certain amount of snowfall. That’s been a great feature for us, since we can see two days ahead of time whether we’ll be hitting snow during our travels, and the app notifies us in case we forget to check!
With the amount of snow we can get here, and how low the temps can drop, driving in poor weather is no joke. There have absolutely been weekends where we’re driving to family on Friday or home from family on Sunday, and there’s next to no visibility, and the roads and coated in snow, so we’re sliding around. This app is perfect for letting us know ahead of time what we’re in for so we can choose a different time to drive, or skip the trip altogether.
Download the app so you can start planning your travels ahead as well!
How do you survive winter?
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