Tag: winter

13
Feb

How You Can Prepare for a Snow Storm

Snow storms are severe weather phenomena which could stop entire cities in their tracks, so how can you prepare for one before it’s too late?

A changing climate means more severe weather, which includes heavier snow storms. The power of snow storms can stop entire cities from operating as snow covers the roads and deters people and companies from getting from Point A to Point B. Before one strikes the Whitestone, NY area and leaves you stranded in your own home island covered in a sea of snow, make sure that you prepare with time. Here are a few tips on how you can prepare for a snow storm.

Listen to Your Weatherman (or Weatherwoman) 

Your weather station will surely warn you of a possible snowstorm days in advance. If your weather station has a snow storm alert, make sure to prepare for it if you haven’t already.

Prepare

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel from freezing should temperatures reach dangerously low levels.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering them with plastic to keep the cold air out.
  • Maintain your heating equipment, like chimney or space heater, by cleaning it once a year.

Emergency Kit

  • Water – at least 3 days; 1 gallon per person per day (Don’t forget about your pets! Should you have any)
  • Food – at least 3 days; non-perishable, easy-to-make food (Again, don’t forget about your furry friend)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Cellphone with battery-powered chargers
  • Cash
  • Warm coats, gloves, hats, boots, and extra blankets
  • Alternative heat sources like fireplaces, wood, or a coal-burning stove

Protect your home from the dangers of winter. Make sure that your home is protected with the right home insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper policy on your insurance needs.

12
Dec

Winter Driving Safety Tips

The winter may be a beautiful season but it is not without its own risks. In this case, driving becomes more dangerous and you should know how to stay safe. 

The winter brings snow and ice, which may be beautiful for a National Geographic nature documentary, but it is nothing short of annoying and dangerous when it comes to driving. The winter roads become a lot more dangerous when snow falls and ice forms, but there are some steps you can take to lower your chances of an accident. Here are a few winter driving safety tips you can use to help you stay safe while you drive during the winter.

Tires

Your tires are not made for gaining traction in the snow and can slip and slide at any given moment. Make sure that you are prepared and install your snow tires before the first snow of winter falls.

As the cold temperatures arrive, your tire pressure will lessen. This is because of the ideal gas law which states that as temperature drops, pressure follows. It applies to the atmosphere, your tires, and, yes, even footballs. Ensure that your tire pressure is at the optimal level, especially during the winter; refer to the owner’s manual to know your car’s recommended psi.

Windows & Mirrors

If you park your car outside overnight, you will have ice that condensates onto your windshields and mirrors. Invest in an ice scraper to scrape the ice in the morning. You can turn on your car and start the heat for about five minutes to simplify this task.

Driving Practices

With ice on the roads, it’s important that you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. That way, you will have plenty of time and space to come to a full stop should the other car come to a sudden stop.

Make sure that your car is protected with the right auto insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper quote on your insurance needs.

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