North Idaho Winter Driving Preparation

Here in beautiful North Idaho we are lucky to have 4 very distinct seasons. Everybody loves the warmth of Summer, the freshness of Spring, the colors of Fall, and the coziness of Winter. With winter comes SNOW and that can mean snow storms!  Driving in the snow and knowing how to be prepared for winter driving can be a bit stressful. Knowing what to do or even where to start preparation can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are simple preparations that can be done to your vehicle and with your family to get through the longest and coldest season. Check out the winter driving preparation tips below to help avoid winter sneaking up on you and those you love.

 

Preparation Tips for Winter:

 

Get a Vehicle Winter Maintenance Check-up Before Winter Hits:

~ Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers

~ Tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms, so get your check-up scheduled NOW

 

Know How to Drive in the Snow and Ice

~ Start you vehicle early and scrape your windows each morning before heading out. It will ensure you will have a clear view of the roadway and keep you warm

~ Be smooth and slow in steering, breaking and accelerating. If you move the tires too quickly, they don’t have time to respond and you will end up sliding.

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~ Drive for the conditions – that means drive slower, accelerate slower, don’t stop if you can avoid it since accelerating back up may be difficult and leave additional room between you and the vehicle in front of you (Keep in mind that the larger the vehicle the longer it will take for it to stop)

~ Do not use cruise control because if your car skids or hydroplanes it accelerates to maintain the vehicles speed which will make it very difficult to remain in control of your vehicle.

~ Accelerate from a stop in 2nd gear because there is less torque and you’re less likely to spin the tire.

~ Know how to handle a hill, do not power up the hill or stop on your way up.

~ Drive in the snow pack next to the road to get more traction if the road is too icy

~ Remember that all-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles do not stop faster or steer better on ice

~ Slow down when you approach intersections, off-ramps, bridges or anything that looks like it may be icy or where you will need to stop

~ If you end up behind a snow plow, slow down and give the plow extra room

~ Chain-up and removal areas are often where people are out of their vehicles so be sure to slow down and be vigilant in those areas

Practice driving in parking lots to learn how to handle your vehicle in a slide and get to know your breaks, that will help

tremendously in a real world situation

 

Have Basic Winter Survival Kit & Basic Winter Travel Gear in Your Vehicle:

~ You never know what you will run into when you drive away from your home each winter morning, so it’s best to always be prepared. The checklist below will make sure you have everything you need.

What to Keep in Your Car – Checklist

 

Know What to do in an Emergency:

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~ If you start to slide, first thing to do is stay calm! Avoid sudden movements. Do not turn your tires quickly, accelerate or break suddenly, it can cause you to loose traction. Look where you want to go and steer that direction. If you start

heading off the road, steer towards things that will cause the least amount of damage, such as an empty field or yard.

~ Find a roadside assistance company and plan that works for you. Check with your insurance provider and see if it’s comes with your plan or any possible discounts. Don’t forget to renew the policy! Many individuals let it expire and forget about it until it’s needed.

~ There may be a situation where you are stranded, maybe your vehicle broke down or you’ve slide off the road, and you need a tow truck or a ride. It’s good to have phone numbers saved in your phone in case you are at a location where you can’t access the internet. Below is a small list of tow companies and ride options in our area:

Note: Often with ridesharing options, such as Lyft and Uber, you must sign up and create an account to use their service. If you haven’t already, it would be a good idea for sign up for one so you have another ride option.

 

Keep Your Fuel Tank Full:

~ Don’t let it fall below half a tank because condensation can form in the empty portion of the gas tank. In cold weather, that condensation will freeze then collect into icy blockages in your lines and make it difficult to start your vehicle.

 

Plan With Your Family:

~ Create a plan that works well with your family in case an emergency happens, especially if you have younger drivers

Empty road with snow on the ground

~ Go over it each year before the snow falls

 

Stay Informed:

~ Be sure to find your local station for traffic reports and emergency messages. Most local stations in your area will have weather alerts, but if you’re specifically looking for a weather channel, click here to find one in your area.

~ Check the weather frequently so you are prepared for its arrival

 

Check Your Tires:

~ Make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm

~ Have the correct type of tires for the weather

~ Check tire pressure during cold weather. To do so, first find out what the recommended pressure is. Then after your tires have cooled, press the tire gauge directly into the tire vulvae and hold firmly (You should hear no air coming out). Based on what the gauge says, you could either release some air, add some or leave it. Check it frequently though winter.

 

Check out this video for additional recommendations and visuals to help with the tips listed above:

 

Click on the Checklists Below for More Information:

Get Ready for Freezing Temperatures & Snowfall

Get Ready for Winter Weather Driving

 

AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE SAFE OUT THERE!!

 

 

Sources: Washington State Dept of Transportation, Take the Winter by Storm, US Forest Service, Osceola Garage, Your Mechanic

Posted on October 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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Fall Home Maintenance

The purchase of a home will likely be the biggest invest anybody will make in their life. Our homes are the centers of our lives because they hold everything and everyone important to us. Our top priorities are taking care of that invest.  Winter is a harsh season here in North Idaho as a result it can cause some damage to our homes, properties, our loved ones, or even our wallets! It can be avoided if we take extra steps this fall or start of winter to prepare.

The next question is where do I start? Not knowing can be overwhelming and stressful. Below is just a small list of some important home maintenance ideas. Included is the reason you should do them. It can make a huge difference on your home and property this year.

 

 

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  • Windows & Doors ~Install cool weather storm windows & doors, repair and/or replace loose or damaged window or door frames and insert weather stripping or caulking around windows & Image result for inserting weather strippingdoors. This will all keep your house better insulated through winter.

 

  • Heating Systems ~ Replace the filter in your furnace and clean your ducts to help your furnace’s efficiency and help save money

 

  • Plumbing ~ Be sure your pipes are well insulated to help avoid freezing. You’ll also want to know where the water shut off valve is in case your pipes do freeze.  Be sure to remove hoses from hose bibs on your home in colder weather so that your bibs and frost fee bibs don’t freeze in the low temperatures, causing leaks in the warmer months.  

 

  • Ventilation ~ Check the eave vents to be sure it’s clear of insulation and other debris to prevent mold.  Clean out your dryer vents to protect from possible ignition.  Close your foundation vents durning the fall and winter to keep pipes in your crawl space from freezing. 

 

  • Safety Devices ~ Now is a good time of year to check all your safety devices to be sure you can make it through winter. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (changing the batteries if necessary) and test your home for radon.

 

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  • Gutters & Downspouts ~ Clean our your gutters and downspouts of debris to put a stop to any possible rot and to keep your gutters in proper working order

 

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    Chimney & Fireplace ~ Have a professional inspect & clean your chimney  to help avoid chimney fires. Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when it’s closed to prevent water getting into your chimney.

 

  • Landscaping & Outside Work ~ Trim any limbs that are close to power lines, cover or store your patio furniture, check your walkways, stairs and driveway for easier winter navigation. To help promote yard growth, you could fertilize and reseed your lawn as well as prune your trees and shrubs.

 

  • Air Conditioners ~ If you have a window AC unit, be sure to remove it and store in a dry play before winter. Or cover your AC unit with a piece of plywood held down by bricks. This will help protect the unit from falling debris but also continue to allow airflow. You don’t want to put a waterproof cover over it during winter because it creates a warm environment which attracts unwanted guests.
Posted on September 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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Activities to Enjoy This Winter

One thing you can count on in North Idaho and that is that Idaho has 4 great and very distinct seasons. Each having something fun and unique to offer. From the weather to events, food  and clothes. Above all, there is always something to do in each season. Indoor or outdoor person, it doesn’t matter, there’s something for you. 

 

Over the next few months there are enough activities in our beautiful city and surrounding area to make your head spin. Below are just a few of  activities you might want to consider.  You can always stay tuned to our What’s Happening Page for January, February & March for a full list. Including dates, times, locations and links!!

 

  • Mamma Mia! – Aspire Community Theatre on Feb. 8 -17. 

It’s a show you can’t miss! The only Pacific Northwest Company to hold this will have this production.

 

Can’t miss this chocolate tasting event & competition. Test chocolates with the perfect wine pairing with your valentine!

 

There will be a buffet dinner, plus a silent & live auction

 

It’s known as the “Wildest Event in the Rockies”!! Check out ATVs Towing Skiers Down a Snow Covered Downtown Street Course

 

Take a stroll through the streets of New Orleans where you can enjoy New Orleans Style Food from 10 Local Restaurants! Don’t forget about the fun street entertainment.

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Sample the Soup & Chili.  Also Enjoy Auction Items, Game Room for Kids & Musical Performances

 

Check out this cocktail showdown with Local Mixologists!

 

The above is just a handful of the events happening over the next couple of months. And, there is always many to choose from each month and season.  Get out and enjoy all our area has to offer this winter!! And don’t forget to drop by our What’s Happening Page for January, February & March for a full list. Including dates, times, locations and links!!

John and Tracey Chime In

We love north Idaho. We love the fact that every season has its own unique life.  Festivities, events and change.  You never get bored here.  Just about the time you are ready for a change, Idaho delivers!  Each season has so many fun and unique activities and many that you look forward to all year long.   Idaho keeps it interesting and enjoyable and its just one of the reasons we call this our forever-home! 

John and Tracey Tindall 

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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Preparation for Winter Driving and Snow

Here in beautiful North Idaho we are lucky to have 4 very distinct seasons. Everybody loves the warmth of Summer, the freshness of Spring, the colors of Fall, and the coziness of Winter.  

With winter comes SNOW and that can mean snow storms!   Driving in the snow and knowing how to be prepared for winter driving can be a bit stressful. 

Knowing what to do or even where to start preparation can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are simple preparations that can be done to your vehicle and with your family to get through the longest and coldest season. Check out the below tips to help avoid winter from sneaking up on you and those you love.

 

 

Preparation Tips for Successfully Surviving the Winter:

 

Get a Vehicle Winter Maintenance Check-up Before Winter Hits:

~ Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers ~

~ Tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms, so get your check-up scheduled NOW ~

Keep a Basic Winter Survival Kit in Your Vehicle:

~ Flashlight ~ Batteries ~ Blanket ~ Snacks ~

Water ~ Gloves ~ Boots ~ First-aid kit ~

Load Your Car with Basic Travel Gear:

~ Tire chains ~ Ice scraper/snowbrush ~ Jumper cables ~ Road flares ~

Keep Your Fuel Tank Full:

~ Don’t let it fall below half a tank ~

Plan With Your Family

~ Create a plan that works well with your family ~

~ Practice it each year before the snow falls ~

Stay Informed:

~ Be sure to find your local station for traffic reports and emergency messages ~

~ Know the weather approaching so you are prepared for its arrival ~

Check Your Tires:

~ Make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm ~

~ Check tire pressure during cold weather ~

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Click on the Checklists Below for More Information:

Get Ready for Freezing Temperatures & Snowfall

Get Ready for Winter Weather Driving

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AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE SAFE OUT THERE!!

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Sources:

Washington State Dept of Transportation https://www.wsdot.com/winter/emergencykit.htm

Take the Winter by Storm https://takewinterbystorm.org/

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 12:21 am
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Life after the Holidays

 

 

 

The holidays are no doubt my favorite time of year. I love the kindness and warmth and that people genuinely want to do good to others. This doesn’t have to stay in November and December. We have come up with a few ways to keep that magical holiday spirit alive throughout the rest of the year. 

 

Don’t forget about your neighbors.

Goodwill toward mankind is in the air during the holidays. Giving is just part of the season, but as the food comas wear off and the gifts settle in, we get back to our busy lives. In some cases we start focusing on our careers again, or getting back to the gym. It’s (sadly) very easy to forget about those people you were so kind to. Not to say that you are now unkind, but we tend to start diverting our attention and efforts back on ourselves. 

Making an effort to remember the people around us will make a difference. My granddaughter, though young loves to donate her toys because she wants other kiddos to have toys too. Ultimately, service to others is really the bigger picture and here are some ways to do so:

-Volunteer at a local charity

-donate used clothes or extras to people in need

-take the kids to talk with seniors in convalescent centers. 

-make up care packages to send to troops overseas 

-care packages for chemo patients

-be a cuddler at your local hospital’s NICU

-donate your time or extra clothes/food to our struggling veterans 

Make Family Activities a priority

The amount of time we spend with family during the holidays is incredible. But why do we let it stop once we turn another page on the calendar? I personally believe that family is special and something to protect and cultivate. And this year I don’t intend on letting the family time slow down nearly as much. Just think about it, even getting together once a month is far better than being a Christmas/Thanksgiving gathering type of family. I’m guilty of it too, but small efforts go a long way. 

-We have implemented friday night family pizza. We get together with the kids and grand-kids, have some pizza, some wine and catch up. It doesn’t always workout every week but its starting to become a recurring thing. 

-Be present with each other, not just in the same room. Really interact and find out about their day etc. 

 

Keep Celebrating!

Few holidays have the same warmth and widespread kindness as Christmas, but you don’t have to let those sentiments fade away when the lights come down. Maybe you can start making other holidays a big deal (if you don’t already). Here are a few that I think can be made in to holidays of service to others as well:

-Epiphany, celebration of the 3 kings presenting baby Jesus with the gifts

-Chinese New Year!

-National Freedom Day- the 13th ammendment was signed to abolish slavery.

-Holi! because who doesnt love color

-March Equinox- Welcoming in spring

 

Hope you were inspired by our post and thought of a few ways to keep the spirit alive in your family. Happy New Year!

Let’s Make Awesome Happen!

Team Tindall

 

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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