How to Survive Canada’s Snowy Winters
Winter in Canada is beautiful, but it can cause a lot of problems too. Luckily, there are lots of devices and life hacks to help people get through the snowy seasons. We’ve rounded up the best selection of them for you, and you can read about them all here.
Protecting and Caring for Your Car
Keeping your way of getting around in tip top shape can be tough in the dead of winter, but there are some great products and tricks for doing just that:
- Kitty litter under the tyres of a car stuck in snow will give traction
- Protect your windshield wipers from snow by covering them with old socks
- Make windshield washer fluid at home by mixing 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and 2 quarts of rubbing alcohol together
- Use a freezer-sized Ziploc bag to cover your side mirrors and prevent ice from forming
- Loosen frozen locks with the same heat rub that you use to soothe tired muscles
- TracknGo caterpillars can be fitted under your tyres, making them like tank tyres so that negotiating ice and snow becomes much easier
- Supersonic ice screens can be attached to your windshield using magnets, and protect against snow too. As a bonus, in summer they can be used to protect parked cars from the sun.
One of the biggest frustrations in winter is how cold your hands get. You can keep them warm with conventional gloves, but this makes performing various tasks very difficult. You can’t, for example, operate a touchscreen if you’re wearing ordinary gloves because they are blanketed with electrodes. They require a conductor such as human skin to come into contact with them to complete the circuit, and the materials in normal gloves just don’t cut it. That’s where touchscreen gloves come in. Touchscreen gloves are made of materials that are good electrical conductors, emulating the properties of human skin and completing circuits in the same way. Wearing these allows you to play at your favourite mobile casino, update social media, answer emails and use your smartphone for all your normal activities even when you’re outside in the dead of a Canadian winter.
Other Helpful Hacks
Plenty of day-to-day tasks are more challenging when the temperature is below zero, and people have come up with some ingenious ways to cope. The best life hacks for winter in Canada or anywhere else in freezing cold temperatures include:
- Spinning your ceiling fan in the reverse direction to coax the warm air trapped by the ceiling back to floor level
- Using thick or lined curtains to keep heat inside your home
- Putting your pyjamas on a hot water bottle that is heating your bed, to make them warm too – simple but very effective!
- Put tin foil behind your radiator or use it to line your heating vents; this will reflect heat back into the house
- Put screws in the soles of your shoes to prevent any slips or mishaps
- Mix compost into your soil before it freezes over, so you’ve got rich and fertile beds for your flowers next Spring
- Zip ties placed at even spaces on bicycle tyres create bike snow tyres
- Before you use your shovel to clear away snow, spray it with non-stick cooking spray. This will easily prevent snow sticking to it
Vitamin D, essential for many bodily functions including a stable and happy mood, is produced by your body after you’ve been in the sun and many people become deficient during the winter months. Take a supplement to ensure you stay smiling!