With winter quickly approaching, it’s important to prepare for severe weather as the temperatures drop. For many people, this can mean having difficulty traveling or even change exterior house upkeep. Although there are many disadvantages that come with the wind, rain, and snow, there are ways to prepare for winter weather and have an easier time coping with the changes outdoors.
Here are some ways to prepare for winter
Add Antifreeze to Your Vehicle
To ensure the water in your car’s radiator doesn’t freeze, add extra coolant to prevent the engine from overheating. This can cause the engine to lock up and lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Keeping the gas tank full each month will also prevent the fuel line from freezing as the colder weather descends.
Install Winter Tires
Before the winter snow approaches, check your tires for proper tread to ensure they’re safe to drive on slippery roads. Snow tires come with optimized grip with softer rubber and deeper treads that can dig into the snow for more control. You can also add an emergency kit in your vehicle with materials that include a shovel, snacks, a flashlight, emergency flares, extra batteries, and booster cables.
If you use a trailer regularly J & J Trailer Manufacturers & Sales say to use Alberta gooseneck trailers with good tires to be sure you stay weighted down and on the road.
Replace the Weather-stripping in the Home
To properly insulate the home and prevent heat loss that can occur during the winter months, check for leaks near doors or windows on the property. Use v-shaped weather-stripping for tight-fitting doors or windows. The fireplace is another common area where drafts can occur, making it important to replace an old or worn damper that is currently in place.
Clean Rain Gutters
Rain gutters can easily become clogged or damaged if debris is not removed before the winter season. This can lead to flooding and other damage on the property when snows pack in and it melts during the Spring, making it important to clean them out before rain or snow arrive. You can also protect your home by having an inspector check the strength of the roof to ensure it will be able to hold several pounds of snow during the season. Nearby branches or trees that can fall on the roof should also be cut back.
When preparing for the next winter, there are certain steps to take with your property and vehicle to promote safety, and ensure you stay comfortable. By taking the necessary precautions, it will make for an enjoyable season that doesn’t require having to perform repairs after the weather becomes severe.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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