Tools for a Safe Winter

Ice is an extremely hazardous thing to deal with, and wintertime can be very unsafe if you don't have the proper items to keep you from slipping! While there is no way to guarantee a safe winter, there are certainly some tools you can have handy that will help; your chances of injury will be greatly reduced if you keep your property clear and your vehicle prepped.

Clearing the walkway for a safe winter.

A snow shovel is a handy tool for clearing yourself a walkway when the snow has piled up. You can set your children to work on the driveway or sidewalk, or you can attack the buildup yourself, to make sure that you've got a safe passageway to your car or to the mailbox. You can buy a secondhand snow shovel and it should be just fine. Make sure, though, when you're buying it that you test the connection between the shovel and the handle. That's the spot where the weight and tension will be, and if that is loose or strained, you could end up with a two-piece shovel on your hands.

Rock salt, when sprinkled across ice, will help melt it more quickly as well as provide traction for people walking over it. You can buy an entire 25-pound bag of this inexpensive product at your local hardware store for $5 or maybe even less (though if you know you'll need it, buy it before the snow hits, so the store can't up the cost without warning). Keep some handy in your garage for when your sidewalk is looking treacherous.

Keep a windshield scraper in your car at all times -- in the glove compartment or under the seat is a good spot. Although when you're at home, you can pour hot water over your windshield to melt away any ice there, this water will quickly freeze back over and you will have to scrape it off somehow. Plus, if you're somewhere that you don't have easy access to hot water, you might need a way to clear the ice from your view. These are inexpensive and can be purchased at most car supply shops.

If you live anywhere that is affected by snow, you need to own a set of chains for your tires. You can buy chains secondhand and there should be no difference in product quality; however, it's unlikely that someone who lives in a snow-impacted area is going to sell their chains, so you'll probably have to buy your own. Chains run from around $50 to $100, and while that may seem like a lot, keep in mind that it's a one-time purchase and it could save you a lot of grief and medical headaches.

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Comments (8) -

Coleen Ratliff
Coleen Ratliff
2/17/2013 8:38:00 AM #

You should check your car before using it everyday. You can't risk your life by not checking it for a few minutes each day. What would that be compared if you will die that day because of an accident. Better safe than sorry. You should be cautious is an unfavorable weather like winter since there is limited visibility and the road is slippery.

Tyrone Mayo
Tyrone Mayo
2/23/2013 11:12:37 AM #

Road accidents are higher in winter because of the snow covering the window of cars and those in the street making the road slippery. It can be quite a challenge to drive home in the evening during the winter because of the decreased road visibility. You always need to have scrapers to remove snow from your car and early warning devices in case your car breaks down in the middle of the trip.

Kathy Brisco
Kathy Brisco
2/23/2013 11:16:53 AM #

To play it safe, take the train during winter to prevent accidents while driving your car. You can park your car inside your garage and cover it to prevent the important parts of the engine to freeze. If it actually does, you could just pour hot water over it to melt the ice but you can't be too sure, you need to consult a car expert to make sure everything is functioning porperly.

Beau evans
Beau evans
2/23/2013 11:32:42 AM #

Winter? My favorite time of the year Smile I get to play with my neighbors and have snowball fights. I can pretend to make a castle or a fortress and re-enact a famous battle. That was when I was a kid, today, I spend my winter inside the house 24/7 in front of my computer playing games and surfing the internet. I'm also building a Leaning Tower of Pizza because I just call for deliveries since I'm too lazy to cook my own food.

Brent Barry
Brent Barry
2/24/2013 12:13:26 AM #

I love when it's winter, there's twice much fun in the snow. You can make snowballs, go to a frozen lake, play any game you can think of and it would still be so much fun. It also signifies that Christmas is fast approaching and you're about to receive a lot of gifts. I look forward to opening presents and surprising my kids with their gifts and pretending to be santa claus.

Ruben Lawson
Ruben Lawson
2/24/2013 12:17:31 AM #

When I was younger, I would put empty socks in front of our door because my parents said santa claus would give me what I wanted. I just needed to be a good boy because santa is always watching over to see if I've done anything naughty and rude. I wished they never told us that santa claus was not real, I was contented in believing that he existed Frown

Andre Webb
Andre Webb
2/24/2013 12:25:22 AM #

Coats? Scarfs? Boots? Shovels? These are some common items we use when it's winter. But it's nothing compared to skies. I love going to mountain and skiing plus those cable cars where it would take you to the peak of the mountain and have a bird's eye view of the surrounding terrain. It's one of a kind experience.

Malcolm Odom
Malcolm Odom
2/24/2013 12:54:39 AM #

Attaching chains to your tires could also be useful not only in winter but also in muddy terrain. It prevents your tire to sink in and succumb to the mud. However, this is not required if your car is a four wheel drive and it's too much of a work to put chains on you tires. This can only be applied to old model cars.

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