Guest Author: Mark Pauley
Mark is one of Safety Training Scotland's directors and a highly regarded trainer in his own right. He has been delivering health & safety training for over six years and previously worked in high-level live event management.
Hands up if you miss blue skies, temperatures above zero and driving on dry roads to Timmy’s? We certainly do! Well, there’s no point yearning for summer when we’re only halfway through. All you can do is enjoy the snowy landscapes, drink your body weight in hot chocolate and rock as many wooly sweaters as you physically can!
To make sure you make it to spring, we’ve whipped up a handy Winter Survival Guide to help you get through winter in a good mood and with all your bones intact.
Dashing Through The Snow
Snowy paths, black ice and hidden drops. Don’t you just love walking around in the winter?
Yeah, us neither! The good news is that with a couple of quick changes we can have you traversing the tundra like an Arctic fox!
Driving in winter is tricky so it’s important your vehicle is up to the job. Heading out onto a snow covered rural highway in a rear wheel drive Chevy with bald tires is just asking for trouble! So, before you head out, the first thing you should do is prep your vehicle for the challenging winter environment.
Here’s the key points you need to look at.
Okay, got your car, truck or van sorted? Great! Next up is your emergency kit. This kit should contain everything you need to ride out an emergency — breakdown, crash, that sort of thing — until help can arrive.
Once you’ve packed it, stow it out of the way in the trunk of your car and try not to take anything out unless you replace it soon after.
Here is what we suggest you pack.
And that’s you ready to go! We should remind you that no amount of prep will make driving in the snow easy or risk free.
Finally, respect the weather, drive the conditions and don’t take unnecessary risks.
Winter isn’t just a danger because of slips, tips and oversteering cars. The short days and cold temperatures can sneak up on you and put you into a low energy mental slump.
Thankfully, the Danes have just the thing to snap you out of your funk: Hygge. No, we didn’t just fall asleep on the keyboard! Hygge is a very real thing. The popular Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-geh) was the word of the year in 2016 despite having no real definition. It’s a sort of weird state of mind so what’s hygge to me might not be hygge to you.
It’s appreciating the pleasurable ordinary things like a mug of cocoa or curling up in a blanket. It’s having dinner with friends or looking out the window. It’s being in the right place, at the right time and enjoying the experience of being there.
So, instead of longing for a cold beer and a barbecue, enjoy what you’ve got now. The beautiful snowscapes, an excuse to drink your bodyweight in coffee and wearing more wool than a sheep!