This morning we woke up to a dusting of snow and sleet on the grassy and automotive surfaces of the farm. A few weeks ago it was close to 80 degrees and suddenly we’re pulling out the heavy duty Carhartt clothes and there’s snow and ice on the hood of my pickup. Got me thinking – are you ready for snow?
Since not all of us can be in Los Angeles like Jon, who recently reminded me; “we have no weather here”, here are my Top 10 Tips for prepping for the snow…
1. Find Your Snowbrush
Often, we clean out our cars in the summer. A manly man thing to do – wash, wax and detail the car. We take out the snow brush and put them somewhere in the garage – don’t need that now.
But now it’s snow time. Get the brush back in the car now, it’s time. Also, check to make sure that the brush end has still got some life. If the bristles are breaking or losing their strength, if the ice scraper is broken or missing – get a new one. Every single store is selling them right now. It’s your #1 tool to get your car ready to drive in this stuff.
While you’re at it, throw in a small folding snow shovel.
Even the most expert winter weather driver may find themselves in a snow bank. A little shovel will work so much better than your bare hands for digging out.
2. Prepare Your Vehicle
Check the tires. How are the treads? As mentioned by the fine people at Bridgestone Tire, their tips include the rule of thumb to put a penny, upside down (head down) in the tread of your tires. “See if the top of his head disappears between the ribs. If it does, your tread is still above 2/32” , If you can see his entire head, it may be time to replace the tire because your tread is no longer deep enough.”
If the treads are fine, check the tire pressure. Listen to the folks at Michelin’s tips on how to do that.
Clean the windows. Use newspaper to have it be streak free. When your windows are constantly steaming up and icing up, make sure they’re clean on the inside. Vision is very important right now.
Check under your seat and in the back (especially between the car seats). Look for any juice boxes or water bottles that may have been left behind. Freezing temps are coming; don’t leave a future frozen explosion in there.
3. Get Sand and/or Kitty Litter
You need to prep the driveway and your front walk. While expensive ice melt works nicely – it’s for melting the ice – not for giving traction to your tires.
If you’re looking for traction, go for sand or kitty litter. A little bit won’t do any good, so have good sized bags around.