QOTD: How Do You Prepare for Winter’s Wrath?
Alert readers will have noted by this time that I have lived my entire life in the refrigerator that is Eastern Canada. Snow appears early, sticks around like an unwelcome houseguest, only to begrudgingly depart sometime after Cinco de Mayo. My father oftenÂ says his retirement plan consists of loading a snowblower into the bed ofÂ a pickup truck and heading south. The first place he stops where someone asks â€œWhatâ€™s that?â€ is where he makes his new home.
On Friday, I regaled you with my tale of finally paying off a car (thanks for the kind words in the comments, readers). Since Iâ€™ll be keeping the Charger, and live well into the snow belt, I will soon need to get it ready for winter.
Some of you lucky sods reading this donâ€™t experience snowy weather. Year-round sunshine and top-down driving is the order of the day for you lot. I donâ€™t wish harm on any person but if any sunlover burns their hand on a metal belt buckle while strapping themselves into a convertible during the month of February, I may just grin while heaving shovelfuls of snow around the driveway.
Right now, I have a quartet of Goodyear Nordic winter tires mounted on a factory set of 18-inch Dodge Charger rims ready to be tossed on the inky-black sedan once temperatures approach icebox levels. Actually, it is better to install winter tires before the first snowfall, ideally once temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides, waiting until the first storm of the year ensures an interminable wait for service at Canadian Tire as the entire town all shows up at the same time.
Tossing a shovel in the trunk doesnâ€™t go astray, and it goes without saying that a couple of snow brushes and scrapers need to be tossed under the front seats to stand at the ready on frosty mornings. Again, readers in SoCal are probably laughing into their artisan bottled water.
Around here, though, such preparations are necessary. Many of you correctly recommended that I get the Charger undercoated immediately, given my failure to do so upon its purchase in 2012.
What do you do, if anything, to get your ride ready for the cruelest months?
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October 9, 2017 at 09:41AM