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Tips on Dealing With Snow and Ice

Tips on Dealing With Snow and Ice

When temperatures drop it is important that you are prepared. The same can be said for dealing with a snowstorm, as the more snow there is on the ground, the more dangerous your daily commute becomes. Luckily, you can follow a few tips in the winter that will help keep you and your family safe.

Purchase Winter Tires

If you live in an area that has multiple major snowfalls annually, winter tires are a must. Winter tires are built with softer rubber than traditional tires, which provides better traction in the snow and ice. Adding snow tires allows you to handle your car better and stop more rapidly on snow and ice. Taking this step could easily prevent a major accident. Although these tires will cost you some money, the added safety that they provide is well worth it.

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Give Yourself Time

When traveling in the snow and ice, always make sure that you give yourself extra time. If your daily commute normally takes 20 minutes, give yourself 30 so that you do not have to rush. Keep in mind that the posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. As a result, you should slow down in the snow to give yourself enough time to stop.

Make Sure That You Can See

Snow can limit your vision while driving; you should always do what you can to maximize your vision. Clear your windshield, windows and mirrors before you depart from your driveway. You should also clean your lights regularly because slush and sand from the roads will stick to them, making it difficult to see in the dark.

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Learn How to Drive in Snow

Inexperienced snow drivers quickly become the most dangerous people on the road. Make sure that you give other vehicles on the road at least three times more distance than you normally would to help prevent collisions. If you do not have anti-lock brakes, you should also learn to pump your brakes when you go into a skid, as this can slow the skid down and help you regain control of your vehicle.

Watch for Plows and Sanders

When driving in the winter, you should always be on alert for snowplows and sanders because you are sure to come across a few. They travel at a lower speed than most traffic, so always go around corners slowly. You also might want to avoid passing these vehicles, since they can blow sand and snow onto your car.

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Walk Carefully

Even after exiting your vehicle, make sure that you are cautious. When the soles of your shoes get warm, they may become slippery because they can turn the snow that you step on into water. Take small steps and keep your hands out of your pockets to prevent a nasty fall.

Invest in Supplies

Before the snow hits, make sure that you have enough food to get you through a few days. You should also load up on basic necessities like toilet paper and diapers. If you are stuck inside for a few days, you will be glad that you took the time to make these purchases. Since you will be pumping your furnace non-stop, investing in a gas detection device like the MultiRAE Lite, which will give you advanced warning if something is to malfunction.

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Load Up On Entertainment

If the cables lines go down, you will need something to do for the next couple of days. Therefore, always have enough DVDs and CDs on hand to keep yourself occupied. If the power goes out, having a portable DVD player will do the trick and will ensure that you do not get overly bored. Keep in mind that if the roads are terrible, you will not want to go out during the snowstorm to get these products, so it is a good idea to be prepared.

Know Where to Get Information

Storms can sometimes turn into emergency situations. In these scenarios, you should know where to get the necessary information. There is a good chance that your local radio stations will carry these broadcasts. In some cases, the storm could get so bad that it knocks out your home’s heat. Therefore, you should know where emergency shelters are located, just in case you find yourself in trouble in the middle of the night.

Be Prepared

Just because you have not received numerous warnings regarding a snow or ice storm does not mean that one is not on the way. Weather patterns can change very quickly, and if you are not prepared ahead of time, you could find yourself without enough time to prepare. It does not take much time to have a basic plan and a few extra supplies in the house, but it could prevent countless problems in the future.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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