We are bracing for a big storm headed our way here in Southern Ontario. They say 31cm in a 36 hour period (that's 12.5 inches!) is scheduled to hit the GTA starting Tuesday afternoon. And while the massive amounts of snow can be quite a pain in the rump, a little kindness and common courtesy can ease the trials and tribulations of bad weather, regardless of whether you are staying home for a snow day or travelling about the city.
Driving can be quite treacherous in these slippery conditions but it can become a whole lot worse (and tragically dangerous) if we continue zipping around the streets like we do during clear days.
Slow down and take your time.
Nothing is that important to endanger your life and the lives of many others by racing through snow covered streets. You might be an excellent driver but Mother Nature has a way of placing us all on level playing fields in these circumstances. Even the most seasoned drivers can find themselves in an awful situation in a flash.
Safely made your way to your destination and need to park your vehicle? This is supposed to be the easy part right? Not so easy if others have parked haphazardly all over the lot.
Try your best to stick to one parking spot for every car.
It's understandably a little difficult with towering snow banks and lots with half the spaces still covered in snow but that does not mean we play (and park!) by different rules on these days. And let's not forget that spots for the handicapped and mothers with small children are just that! Unless you can produce a wheelchair, walker or baby out of your trunk, it's not okay to park there because there is snow on the ground. (Not that anyone of you would even think that!)
The posties are supposed to brave the rain, sleet and snow to bring you your mail but without a clear path to your door or mailbox, it makes for a very difficult delivery. Same goes for couriers and food delivery services.
Do your best to clear a small and simple path to your front door.
Don't forget to salt the cleared passage as well. The chilly temperatures we are also expecting will turn that walkway into a mini skating rink in no time.
Trying to dig your way out? Those lovely snow throwers and blowers some of us are blessed to own can clear your driveways in a blink of an eye but they can also bury your neighbours property in as much time.
Pay attention to your direction.
Position your exterior spout in a manner that will spread the snow on the perimeter of your own property. Even the friendliest of neighbours will not be too pleased to come out and see double the amount of snow covering their driveway.
And since we are on the topic of snow removal and you are already out there bundled up with the snow blower on, is there anyone on your street or in your neighbourhood that might need your help? A single mom, parents with newborns or an elderly neighbour might need a little assistance to dig there way out and who better than you to come to the rescue! Pay it forward as they say. Nothing better than a little blanket of kindness to ease the winter chill.