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Winter safety tips and survival skills

Updated on November 18, 2012
Snow on the mountains of Southern California
Snow on the mountains of Southern California | Source

Useful Tips

Getting ready for winter time again is something that many of us have to consider while living in most of the north east and upper northern parts of the United States as well as in Canada and in the coldest climate around the globe. It’s a very important thing to think about for all of our survival collectively, if and when inclement weather conditions are to arrive.

Winter may present some pretty life threatening safety hazards besides all the cool moments of snow filled fun, and excitement when snowfall does indeed hit the floor.

No matter what be safe in whatever you decide to do, because the weather has become very unpredictable, and this winter may be one that is for the record one of the worst ever. Always plan for the worst case senario, situational awareness helps us all to factor out smarter ways to avoid from loss of life.

Having fun safely is a definite thing to be aware of in the winter

Making a giant snowball
Making a giant snowball | Source

Tips for drivers

Drivers need to be aware ahead of time to prepare an emergency safety kit (Official US Government safety website tips) into their cars, they will need to tune up their cars for a potentially heavy snowstorm, and for any rough road conditions to come.

Many drivers don't think far ahead about driving in a snowstorm, and so it is imperative to plan ahead, and definitely if you're located in an area where snowstorms are a regular occurrence each year during the winter season (Wikipedia reference). This means being proactive about how your families safety is being handled, will in affect help to prevent from things going from bad to worse.

Tips and things to think of preparing:

  • Check your oil and change it if need be
  • Check your tires for wear and tear of threads, even throw on some snow tires if you have the money to do so, because driving without them is very dangerous.
  • Check all of your fluid levels, especially the transmission, power steering, brake fluid, engine coolant or also known as antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluids.
  • Rotate your tires if they're imbalanced for maximum traction, don't forget snow tires or snow chains during a heavy snowstorm, or blizzard conditions.
  • Check your filters to see if any need changing, and all of your connecting engine hoses for any potential leaks.
  • Make sure your water pump is fully operational.
  • Check your spark plugs to see if they need to be changed.
  • Check your car battery to see if it has a good water level, go to Autozone and get a free full battery charge if you think its low on energetic life.
  • If you have no knowledge of any of the things listed up above, simply have an expert mechanic do a diagnostics check, and or tune up.

Salt trucks will help for icy road conditions, drive slow and safely

Salt being spread manually from a gritter by workers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Salt being spread manually from a gritter by workers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Source

Smart clothing to wear

Being able to contend with the cold frigid weather is the key to surviving that of the winter time. So be mindful of preparing things ahead of time, like shopping for outerwear that suits such a temperature such as purchasing winter gloves, wool hats, a scarf, snow boots, a good thermal winter coat, and thermal underwear.

TheNorthFace is a wonderful brand of clothing to protect oneself from the great outdoors, and so is Nautica. They both are famous brand name clothing manufacturing companies but when it comes to getting high quality protective clothing that can withstand the elements of the harshest cold weather, we can count on them.

For much more cost effective brands however, you may lose quality once you choose to make a purchase of the more cheaper clothing item, per say like boots. Timberland is a well known brand for protective footwear, and its highly recommended to make such a purchase for snow boots. The lesser product's tend to fall apart really quickly, and lets hope if you can only afford for the more cheaper brands that they can get you through the winter.

The winter can be an enjoyable time for sport, so have fun safely

Skiing | Source

Making the wise purchase

Buying a good down coat is the wiser decision for maximum protection during the harshest winter cold season, and even if it gets below zero outdoors. You must try you hardest to find brands that will have the best goose insulation as possible, and this will definitely be the key ingredient as to whether you will be able to fend off the cold.

Gloves and a hat is the key to protecting your outer extremities, because many people suffer from hypothermia, and frost bite during the worst conditions, either indoors or outdoors depending on if they have heat in their homes or not.

Extreme winter sports are awesome but safety is paramount

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Freestyle switch 720 mute grab | Source

Blue Mountian is Awesome!

5 stars for Blue Mountain PA

Blue Mountain PA Ski Resort

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This is a wonderful ski resort if your located in the Pennsylvania area, or if you would be interested in giving it a visit.

Getting ready for the slopes

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Skiing safety tips

  • Make sure to have the right safety equipment on, before going out there onto the ski slopes.
  • Be advised of all weather warnings, and watches in case of hazardous slope conditions.
  • Skiing with a partner is a great idea, just in case anything happens.
  • If you're an amateur never ever ski or snow board off course, and or on the more advanced steep slopes, that is just asking for trouble and in the worst of ways.
  • Think about your skill level, just don't jump out there without practicing on the bunny slopes first, meaning take your time to learn how to effectively balance yourself, to ski safely.
  • Look for others up ahead, try not to ram into others, and don't go so fast if you have no understanding of balance or control, stopping and how to slow down
  • If your in a highly populated ski area, and especially with loads of children around, please be very cautious to not run into others, look in all directions before entering or leaving any area.
  • Think before you leap, as shown in the image up above, this guy or gal definitely knows how to land, but even so done try these stunts if you're not qualified to perform them.
  • They're not out of harms way obviously, so injuries can and will occur, so be as careful as you possibly can be.
  • Some selected ski areas are set out for pro's only, and not for amateurs.

Oakley is a great outerwear skiing product to purchase

Skiing outerwear

Purchasing the best outerwear for the sport of skiing is important in safety on the slopes, and there are some truly awesome companies out there. (You can wear it for a sporty look as well)

Oakley is one of those super cool manufacturing companies that will make you feel truly comfortable wearing their sporting protective gear and clothing, while simultaneously it provides the safest options, and physical elements you'll be needing while skiing or snow boarding, which also has cool fashionable appeal as well.

The video shared up above showcases this truth to be known, and its highly recommended to give this winter sporting goods a try, due to the undeniable fact and proven track record that such a company as Oakley has worldwide in the world of sporting goods.

Wearing the right equipment will definitely make all the difference when your out their on the slopes. Skiing, and snowboarding is such a excellent sport to enjoy for the entire family, and as long as everyone is properly fitted with the best outerwear, and gear it shall be as fun to experience and much safer for your outer extremities.

Home safety is an imperative thing to be aware of as well

Tips for those home owners

  • Make sure you have bags of salt to spread on the drive way and sidewalk.
  • Purchase a strong shovel, or snow blower that can last through a storm.
  • Insulate your homes prior to the winters approach, and seal up all windows.
  • When shoveling avoid bending your back, use your hips and bend your knees to prevent injury.
  • Keep notice of weather warning advisories (NWS- National Weather Service), don't try to drive during a blizzard or heavy snow storm it isn't advisable.
  • If you live outside the city limits be mindful of potential avalanches on roadways, around your homes, and if you can stock up on food before a major storm.
  • Make sure your home is heated well, and have a back up generator in case of a power outage.
  • Check your furnace for any natural gas leaks if you use it, or filter issues or what have you. Houses can explode if the furnace isn't properly inspected while trying to utilize natural gas for all heating purposes.

Snowboarding event at Blue Mountain PA was totally awesome!

This was an awesome experience I had at Blue Mountain PA, and it was the second time I went there out of 3 times thus far. Snowboarding is super fun!
This was an awesome experience I had at Blue Mountain PA, and it was the second time I went there out of 3 times thus far. Snowboarding is super fun! | Source


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Yes I feel ya @unknown spy, its so beautiful to witness, for the flakes to hit your head, and it s so fun to play in the snow as well. You will get to see it someday I bet, thanks for checking out my hub here and for sharing.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Ohhhhh i just wish we have winter here.. so as to experience what its like when the snow falls :)

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Mhatter99, thanks bro I know this winter is gonna be a potentially very cold, and snow covered mess, so I figured why not try my best to remind others of as much safety tips as I could.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @LaThing, I need to try and earn enough money online to get me an entire skiing wardrobe, because I love them fine knits too, thanks for the cool comment, and for sharing with me.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @pstraubie48, thanks for the cool visit, sharing and for that cool comment, yeah snow storms are a complete pain at times, and could definitely become life threatening for sure.

      I never been to south Dakota, but I bet its a nice place to be during the winter season, thank god that those folks survived, others are less fortunate to follow safety guidelines as they did.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Great tips here. I live in snow country and every year there is a casualty. If HubPages had a re-post or share button I would definitely use it. This info is quite useful to all. Especially for people who are not aware of the possible dangers.

      Voted up for useful and awesome

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the tips. I am a lizard. If I had to visit the snow I stay in the lounge/resort.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is a very helpful hub, Mike. You have covered everything, from cars to clothings, and everything inbetween! :)

      North face, my favorite brand ...... Great article! Love the pics! Thanks for sharing.....

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Peter Geekie, thanks for sharing with me here, yeah man I am getting prepared for the winter and already got my gear in place as well.

      You and Bill are pretty smooth operators for being ready for the worst that may be due to come, I just hope all other people out here are as well.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc, thanks bro for the support, I know your ready, I can tell by many of your winterized images you've shared with us all that your definitely ready for the powder.

      I hope others can get prepared because this winter may be a powerful one indeed, and yeah them folks on the road never learn right, I must agree with you bro.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Now in Florida I do not need to worry about the snows. But in South Dakota most of the winter the ground was covered with LOTS of it. On one particular occasion my husband and some of his friends went on a winter day together. A horrendous storm came and they were stranded. They had necessary precautions with them as you have suggested and remained in their vehicles. The next day when the snow plows finally made it to their area they were able to return home safely.

      I will not gloat as I sit here in snowless land as there are times when I would very much like to see it. Sending angels your

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear cloudexplorer

      We are expecting a severe winter this year and my Land-Rover is prepared, standby generator run up and tested and cans/dried food stocked up. Last year I looked at the mummies on the school run in their chromed up Land Cruisers driving around dressed like they were going to a night club. I don't think they realise how fast heat goes to cold, goes to freezing when the engine stops. Let's hope they never have to find out.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've got it all covered, buddy; bring on the snow!!!!

      Seriously, all would be well here if people would learn how to drive in the snow; we have some really slow learners here in Washington; every winter brings out the same people making the same driving mistakes. :) If we could just keep them from getting on the roads, all would be well.

      Great suggestions my friend; keep them coming!