reply to post by HardCorps
Here's some of my tips from Michigan Winters:
Around the Home
1. Before the snow and cold hit, make sure that you have at least some food that doesn't require to be cooked. For example, apples usually keep for
about a week, pop-tarts, chips and twinkies will probably outlast you. Trail mix is a Boy Scout's secret ingredient (apart from fire).
2. Keep plenty of batteries and LED flashlights around - I also use a "man torch" (fancy name for a rechargeable worklight).
3. Candles or hurricane lights come in handy - Studies have shown that just looking at a candle flame makes it feel warmer. Use caution where the
candles are placed though, as the last thing you need is a curious cat knocking it over.
1. Know your limits - never go with the assumption that you can make it back to the heat source. For example, if you are going out for a walk or
hiking, even if you've done 2 miles in the snow, it's better to go a fourth of that distance out, and make it back safe, then be in dire straits
coming back from a one mile commute.
2. Dress for the weather - It never fails to amuse me how some people dress in a fancy coat, Ugg boots, and fashion gloves, and just head out like
that. Fact is: You want breathable layers, not just layers. For example if I have to be outside for a duration of time, I have on about two long
sleeve shirts (one is tight-fitting, so it acts as thermal underwear), a winter coat, and gloves. Tennis shoes won't do it in 10-below temps; you
need a pair of boots.
3. Don't hold onto metal!!! I wasn't laughing the day my trumpet stuck to my fingers, and my hand was cold-welded to the end of the instrument.
1. If there's snow or ice on the road, slow down! I'm including this because if more people did this, then then less people would get stuck, in the
cold, on the side of the road.
When you are driving in these conditions, there is no speed limit; a cop won't pull you over because you are driving safe. Go whatever speed you need
to in order to get to your destination. There were times where I would have to drive into work at 15mph - I've been beeped at, flipped off, and had
brights flashed at me on multiple occasions. All of it was for naught - If the roads are bad, disregard the people behind you, as you main task is to
stay on the road, and not hit the guy in front. It's better to be in control of your vehicle rather than lose it.
NOTE: If you ever get the chance, see if you can find an empty parking lot, and practice going into slides or skids - One of the things that I wish
they taught in Driver's Ed was how to get out of a spin - had to learn the hard way, in live traffic nonetheless.
2. For emergency gear, always make sure your cell phone is charged up. I also keep a rechargeable flashlight, pocket-tool, an extra hoodie (one that
zips, so in the worst case you can make a blanket from the winter coat and the hoodie), and a collapsible shovel. Cat litter is another good one -
probably would help keep my car in the lane with the wind.
3. Always have enough gas so that you can enjoy the comfort of the car - Last week, I had a 3.5 hour commute coming home, I was so happy that I filled
up earlier, as I had plenty to keep the heat going until I got home.
4. To keep ice from forming, keep a defroster on - Found out the hard way that if I use the "regular" heat, all my windows start to freeze over. So,
I drive with the front defroster on medium level (warm environment = sleepy, so always keep it cold enough). In older cars, you might need to roll
down the windows a crack.
5. If your car needs to be jumped, try to make it back to your place - any stops you make might require you to jump the car again.
6. Don't run your car too often in the cold - it's a waste of gas. Chances are, if your car starts at 5:00am in the morning, when it's below 0
degrees, it'll start when it's time for you to head home.