While summer is for long hot days and spending time outdoors, it’s important to remember that winter is just around the corner. Whether you love the cooler nights or would rather follow the sun all year round, preparing for these chilly months is a must.
From assisting with your health to saving money on bills, there are plenty of reasons as to why you should prepare for winter right now. Let’s take a look.
Driving can become quite the nuisance when poor weather strikes. Whether the roads are too icy for your current tyres or the gloomy weather makes visibility poor, there are many extra cautions to be aware of!
To prepare your car for the winter months, make sure that you use an antifreeze screen wash to minimise the risk of visibility issues. You should also check the tread level of your tyres to ensure that they match the legal requirements. Driving in icy conditions with poor tread is not only dangerous; you could end up with a fine.
Did you know that your skin generates vitamin D when exposed to sunlight? This is really important, as vitamin D has many important roles to play in the body. One of these roles includes supporting the immune system (EFSA, 2010).
Unfortunately, as winter approaches, the sun doesn’t stay around for very long. This makes it hard for your skin to generate enough vitamin D. To prepare for the winter months and safeguard your intake all year round, it’s advised to take daily vitamin D supplements. This doesn’t just have to be for winter, as in a lot of places, the sun won’t be strong enough in the warmer months either.
It’s always fun to spend time in the garden in the summer, but as winter rolls around, doing so isn’t as enjoyable. However, this doesn’t mean that your garden will look after itself.
It’s wise to prepare your garden for storms and ensure that no furniture or trees are at risk of falling down. Consider moving any items that are at risk of damage to somewhere safe until the weather calms down.
Problems around the home are more likely to occur during the winter months. This is particularly true with plumbing systems; it’s all too easy for pipes to freeze and disrupt the whole water system in your house. This could leave your home without water and may even result in flooding – sounds expensive, right?
To ensure your home is ready for winter, get a professional to check over your insulation and water systems before it’s too late. Doing so before the cold weather hits will prevent a whole lot of stress further down the line.
While there’s a lot that you can do to prepare for winter, the above four tips cover some of the most important areas.