Brrr! It’s cold out! What a perfect time to spend indoors visiting our train garden and while you’re at it, grab a tree, some roping and a wreath so your house is festive and smells purdy just like me! Hehe! Here’s some more info on our train garden and tree sales, but don’t forget to sit pretty and continue to read my cold weather safety tips.
I always wear a coat, but do you know how to dress for the cold? Sometimes a coat isn’t enough so here’s some great cold weather tips to help keep you and your family warm and keep cold weather emergencies away:
- Layers, layers and more layers. Three layers are as good as three treats or three boops, but make sure that your inner layer is snug and the outer layer is loose. Hey, I rhymed! I get extra treats for that! Yay!
- Make sure your coats are longer and cover your whole torso. It’ll help keep the wind chill out and keep you warm longer, especially on those sleds and skis.
- Wear a hat or cover your head with a scarf. Like a lid to a pot, covering your head will keep your body heat inside and not let it escape. Don’t worry, you won’t cook, but if you get too hot, take your hat off and let some heat out. Cold ears are the worst so ear muffs are cool too!
- Wear gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm or else the rest of you could get cold faster too.
- Wear thick socks to keep your paws, I mean feet warm. Toes can get frostbite before the rest of you cuz they’re the furthest from your heart and the cold will slow down the blood circulation to them. Boops!
- Make sure your shoes have plenty of tread on them, especially when there is snow or ice on the ground. Sliding is only fun if you’re ice skating, but stay away from those ponds. Whew! They are too dangerous!
Now that you know how to keep your body warm, paws a little longer for some tips for preparing your vehicles for cold weather too. Hehe!
- Make a cold weather bag and keep it in your car. Pack the bag with a warm change of clothes, some non-perishable foods, a bottle of water, a flashlight and a blanket will be a great help if you break down. A first aid kit is great to have in your car too, but that should already be there. Oof!
- Stay home if there’s snow or ice on the roads unless you have to go out. Avoid taking unnecessary trips.
- Make sure your tires have the right pressure and have plenty of tread.
- Keep your fuel tank at at least a half tank.
- Keep jumper cables, some flares and a portable tire pump in your trunk. Make sure you know how to use them too.
- Never warm up your car in your garage without opening the door to outside to properly ventilate the fumes.
- Do not use cruise control when there’s potential for slippery roads.
- Slow down! Always be sure to adjust your speed for bad road conditions. Wake up earlier and leave earlier for work to allow for slower speeds and bad road conditions.
- Slowly increase or decrease your speed so you can avoid skidding and get better traction, especially if you’re starting off from being stopped.
- Increase your following distance by at least five to six seconds. The more space between you and the car in front of you, the less chance there is of you skidding into them on bad roads. Oof!
- Always apply steady pressure on the brake pedal and do not stomp on the brake to stop Keeping the heel of your foot on the floor and pressing the pedals with the ball of your foot will help to apply a firm and steady pressure. Don’t pump the brakes!
- If you can avoid stopping by slowing down enough to drift until a traffic light changes, it’ll help keep you from having to stop. Watch out for other vehicles though cuz they could cut you off in that extra space you left for drifting. Oof!
- Don’t stop on a hill, especially if you’re going up it. Don’t accelerate too hard if you’re going up a hill or your wheels will spin without moving your car. My head is spinning! Hehe
- Always check the weather before leaving and check the traffic and road conditions for your route. There’s lots of apps on your phone to preset trips before you leave. Remember not to use your handheld devices while driving though.
- Leaving early is always best, especially if there could be ice or snow along your route. Plus you could get there early and thank me with boops later. If you’re always early, you’ll never be late! Boops!