Fighting Back Against the Idaho Cold

Posted by Hughes Group Blog Team on Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 11:09am.

 

In a little over a month the winter season will be here. Now is a great time to get prepared for the upcoming season! Assuming you are keeping up to date and not stumbling on these words in the middle of the next winter, Idaho is currently experiencing beautifully pleasant Fall weather. Because of this, it might seem strange to bother talking about the cold and what you can do to fight back against it. However, the winter itself is not the best time to discuss the winter. You cannot prepare for something that has already come and set itself upon you. Making your home ready for the winter while the snow is falling, and the roof is icy is not an ideal situation. Now, while the sun is shining, and the weather is temperate, is the time to prepare for the coming of winter. You can take your time and make all the preparations that are necessary without being rushed by the impending doom of snow and ice. And you are definitely going to want to be ready, especially if you have never lived in a state that sees the frigid and length winters that Idaho sees. If you are from a more consistently warms state like Texas, moving to Idaho in the summer is a great idea, but the winter will eventually come, and you will want to be ready for it when it arrives.

Your first duty should be to the preparation of your home. Most Idaho homes are built to stand up against the cold and any winter storms that might come through, but no solution is perfect and if your particular home is old enough it is likely that it has suffered over the years and is no longer so suited to do its job of keeping you warm. If things are bad enough, your home might start falling apart along the seams, particularly when it comes to the roof and your yard. However, you should start inside. Do what you can to make sure your pipes are intact and can stand up to frequent changes in temperature. To some extent, you simply have to hope that your pipes are intact, and they would burst when they freeze and then thaw, but you might be able to check up on when they were last installed and maintained. You can definitely do a lot to make sure that your air-conditioning and heating are working. You never want to get to winter and find out that you have no way to keep your home warm. You should also take a look at the taller objects standing outside your house. If there is a tree that is old and dying or a telephone pole that looks like it hasn’t been maintained in several years, these are things that will not stand up to a strong push of wind and might fall on your home or your vehicle. At least consider where these threats are and park your car accordingly. That is the least you can do.

But while you will be spending a lot of time in your home during winter and want your home to be able to protect you, there are going to be times where you have to leave. Likely, this will be necessary on a frequent and daily basis. For those times, you are going to need to know how to drive in the winter when there is snow on the ground and ice on the road and you are going to need the proper clothing to stay warm.

Let us start with the latter and discuss what you should be wearing. To some extent, you do not need anything very special to stay comfortable in the winter. As long as you limit your time outside and do not get into any emergency situations, you can get by with some fairly light and not well thought out clothing. However, relying on being able to avoid emergency situations and being able to stay inside all of the time. Basically, if you want to remain warm and comfortable and safe in any situation during the Idaho winter, you need weather appropriate warmer clothing. Starting at the bottom,  warm socks and shoes that are good for moving through the snow. Sometimes a good pair of snow boots as well. From then on, it is important to have layers of clothing, both to keep the wind from cutting through a single layer and to make sure you stay dry beneath your clothing when you fall in snow or get wet by some other means. Hands and covering the head should also be considerations. Gloves are good to protect your delicate fingers from freezing and a hat or beanie will protect your head from blasts of wind.

But you or those with you are at the most vulnerable when you are on the road during the winter in Idaho. Even if there has not been any snowfall lately, there might be ice (or even black ice) on the road at almost any time. However, it is best to talk about what you should do when things are at their worst. Driving in snow when ice is present is all about taking things slow and carefully and not pushing the envelope of speed too hard. Driving when only necessary is ideal. You can keep quite a lot of control over your car as long as you are not going so fast and give yourself time to stop if you see something ahead that you would rather not run into. You tend to lose visibility when there is snow falling or other winter weather is getting in the way and you will not be able to see as far as you normally can. This means you might find yourself right on top of an accident or collection of stopped cars before you know it is there. In order to keep yourself from making a mess or turning a pre-existing mess into an even worse mess, slow down and keep a lookout for what you might be about to run into or vice versa who might be about to run into you. Keeping an extra safe distance may help lessen risk. You should also keep some equipment in your car to get snow off the windows as well as out from around your tires and an extra heavy blanket for emergencies.

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