Getting Ready for Winter – Home and Vehicle Tips

by Rachel Laurendeau on November 6, 2012

With winter fast approaching, now is the time to make sure your home, yard and vehicle are ready for the season. Being proactive and getting things ready now will save you the headache of waiting in line with everyone else who is unprepared after winter arrives.

Choosing the right tires for your vehicle and the driving conditions that you will encounter is important for both safety and driving performance. Talk to your mechanic or tire specialist about whether you should have “all season”, “all weather” or winter tires on your vehicle. (Safety note: Although we all like to be frugal, please be sure to change all four tires. Research shows that it is unsafe to use just two winter tires.)

In addition to changing your tires, you should also make sure that:
• your windshield wipers are in good working order and your washer fluid is topped up;
• your car is equipped with a snow brush/ice scraper to clear ice and snow from the windshield;
• your car is equipped with an emergency winter survival kit. Even with the right tires, you are better off being prepared for the unexpected.

Beyond preparing your vehicle for the cold and snow, you’ll want to make sure that your home is ready for winter as well.

• Organize your garage or shed so that your shovels, snow blower ad other tools are ready to use at a moment’s notice.
• If you haven’t yet had your snow blower tuned up, now is the time to do it. You don’t want to wait until the cold and snow arrive before realizing that your snow blower isn’t up to the task of clearing the snow.
• Contract a residential snow removal or snow plowing company if you prefer to have someone else take care of the cold and heavy work.
• If you have an elderly parent, why not talk to them about hiring a snow removal contractor as well so that you don’t have to worry about their well-being every time the snow falls.
• Fish out your winter boots, gloves, hat and jacket from the back of the closet so that they are accessible when Mother Nature throws us her first curve ball.
• Check out our Fall Outdoor Maintenance and Cleanup Checklist for more tips that will help you organize your home improvement projects and get ready for winter.
• Winterize your home to keep your energy bills in check.

We know winter is coming; it’s only a matter of time. Getting prepared for winter will save you time and money in the long run and give you peace of mind as the seasons turn.

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