9 Foolproof tips on how to best winterize your life before the suck gets here
It's coming whether you like it or not, best to be prepared for what the cold-weather drags in …
Take care of it; it takes care of you.
Emergency Kit: Chances are you won’t need it, but when you do, you’ll be thankful. Old blankets, backup gloves, wool socks, Jameson shooters, these all come in handy when your car sputters to a stop. Heaters, clearly, won’t heat when the car is dead, and AAA is going to take a bit. Bundle up.
Windshield: Wipers should be replaced every six months or so, depending on how beat up they get from the season previous. Since you probably haven’t touched yours since the Bush administration, best to get a new set before you regret it. Buy an extra jug of fluid and keep it in your trunk for emergencies, too. #Adulting
Battery: When it gets cold, electrical things love to go awry. You can take your ride to most car parts stores to have your battery and alternator checked for free. Right now is a great, dry time to visually inspect cables and make sure none are worn out, wearing down, or just plain teetering on dangerous levels.
Tires: Most importantly, you need good tires to move about the streets safely. Your ’98 Honda is sick, bro, but having any noticeable wear or inadequate tread means you’re putting others at risk in crappy conditions. And it’s illegal. Do not drive through the season of winter without having good tires.
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Windows: Plastic Saran wrap lookin’ kits are available at local hardware stores and actually work if installed properly — cutting errant heat loss by up to 55 percent. Stick a rolled towel or blanket in front of drafty doors, too. Because heating bills aren’t any fun.
Thermostat: Ideally, you’ll want your thermostat set between 68 and 72 degrees. Keep in mind, every degree less than where you keep it translates to about a 1 to 3 percent decrease in your overall bill. Wool socks, hoodies, cute neighbors, they can all help you cut down on unnecessary costs.
Protect your body, you’re gonna need it.
Diet: Fat days are upon us and holidays don’t help any either. Most people gain, on average, five to seven pounds in winter months. Pad your dinners with a low calorie soup, avoid seasonal coffees with incredible amounts of sugar and drink lots and lots of water — or just stop caring altogether, whichever is easiest.
Desires: You’re going to be stuck inside with your love partner for much longer than you’ll be okay with. Take this golden opportunity to explore the sex. Boosting your neurochemicals this way helps with relieving stress, reduces seasonal depression disorders and completely cures being bored as fuck.
Depression: This stuff ain’t no joke. Winter is often a miserable time for millions of Americans because of the gloomy weather, financial stress or just being cooped up inside with nothing left to watch on Netflix. Light therapy boxes or increased exercise greatly minimizes the risk of feeling down.