Prepare for Old Man Winter

by Steve Wilson on December 19, 2011 · 0 comments

in Auto, Homeowner's

Man shovels snow

Don't let Ol' Man Winter sneak up on you!

Sometimes people dread winter weather so much, they ignore the thought of its inevitable arrival. Even if you don’t want to run out and buy a top of the line snow blower, at least have a few necessary items on hand to get you through the first snow fall.

Snow shovel- Whether you live in an apartment in New York City or a farm house in Nebraska, you will need a snow shovel at some point after a snow storm. Even if you just need to shovel a path to your car, it will come in handy at some point.

Ice melt- Keep a bag of this stuff handy to get rid of slippery ice on the major walkways around your home. You can pick it up at your local hardware store. Typically costing around $10/bag, if it prevents an injury on your property, (and a subsequent MedPay claim) it’s totally worth it!

Spare food- So, I’m not suggesting that you empty the shelves at your local grocery store but it is a good idea to have some non-perishable food items on hand for you and your family in the event you can’t get out to store and you are low on groceries. Cans of soup and frozen foods are a good idea. Also have a few items that don’t need to be cooked in the event you ever lose power. If you have pets, keep some spare food around for them as well.

Ice scraper- This is one of those things my mom always told me to keep in my car but I never paid much attention to. Until, of course, it was time to head out in the morning and snow and ice was packed onto my windshield and windows. Throw one in your trunk so you have it when you need it.

Vehicle traction- Cat litter works great for this, it also adds weight. For truck drivers sand bags are a must. Anything that adds weight over the rear tires is a plus. Last but not least, give more space between vehicles when driving.

Have A Safe and Happy Winter

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