The UK has seen more than its usual seasonal dumping of snow over the last few weeks. As ever, we seem totally unprepared and much disruption ensues. Perhaps we should get better prepared and assume each winter there will be snow. That way we can react better like countries such as Sweden or Canada. Here are a few ways we can get ready so next winter doesn’t catch us unawares:
Buy Winter Tyres
If you live in a rural area or somewhere that gets heavy snowfall, you might want to invest in special winter tyres for your vehicle. They are designed with softer rubber that provides increased traction in icy and snowy conditions. Yes, they will be an expense, but they will keep you safer if you drive a lot in less than favourable conditions.
Driving in Snow
If inclement is forecast, then read up on driving in the ice and snow. For most inexperienced drivers and those who have long since forgotten the highway code, it’s easy to find yourself out of depth in poor road conditions and reduced visibility. If your car doesn’t have anti-lock braking, then learn how to pump your brakes if you enter a skid and remember to leave three times the normal gap between vehicles on the road.
Invest in some solid walking or snow boots for when pavements turn slippery. Take small steps on ice and keep your hands free in case you fall.
It always pays to have a space in a cupboard for additional supplies. You can do this before any bad weather hits, so you don’t have to go out and panic-buy. Stock up on a few things like extra toilet roll, nappies, tinned food and bottled water for example. You’ll be glad you did if you end up stuck indoors for a few days while the snow thaws.
Check Your Boiler
Before winter descends, it’s wise to have your boiler checked over by a professional. The last thing you want is for your heating and hot water to go belly-up in the middle of a snowstorm! Autumn is a great time for making sure all is well with your boiler. For Boiler Installation Gloucester, visit http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-installation-gloucester/
Know Where to Find Information
We have had a few weather warnings issued by the Met Office so far this year, so it’s important to know where to get information and help in an emergency situation. Have your radio tuned to a local station, with some spare batteries in case the power goes out. Have emergency numbers in an accessible place, such as your electricity provider, water company and gas emergency numbers. Don’t forget about checking on elderly family or neighbours too to make sure they are warm and have adequate supplies.