It’s time to switch to winter mode. Whether it's your home, your car or even you, everyone has the right to their winter transition. Sutton Quebec offers you a list of things to think about to be ready and have a good Quebec winter.
Preparing your car for winter
Since 2019, winter tires are mandatory from December 1 until March 15 for vehicles registered in Quebec. On the other hand, we advise you not to wait for the deadline because on the one hand snow may fall before this date and on the other hand, your mechanic may have longer delays during this period.
The ideal place to properly store your summer or winter tires alternating seasons is a dry and cool place. In the basement in your locker if you are in an apartment or in the cool garage if you have a house are the perfect places to store your tires. A shed, for example, is not recommended because there is humidity. Tip for those looking for space: hang them on the wall with hooks.
What is your way of parking? Indoor, covered outdoor, street, garage or temporary car shelter?
Indoor parking and garage in winter will make you the luckiest. Covered outdoor parking is already a good point. As for those who will have to park outside, in the driveway or on the street, the next point will be even more useful.
Here are some little tips that can make the difference:
- Temporary car shelter: there are first prices starting at $ 200. Before proceeding, familiarize yourself with your municipality's installation standards and find out about the need to obtain a permit.
- Call on a snow removal service: around 300 to 400 dollars per season, less hassle!
- Have a remote starter installed: a little extra comfort, find out about prices because it differs a lot depending on the model (120 to 500 dollars).
For winter street parking, be aware of the city's snow-clearing signs or your vehicle will be towed.
The essential accessories for your car in winter
Let's finish with the list of essential accessories for your car in winter:
- a shovel
- a snow brush
- emergency cables
- a first aid kit
Prepare yourself personally for winter
We also have the right to our winter mode. Clothing, health, you have to prepare for this cold season to better understand it.
Under layers, layers, over layers, coats, boots, hats, gloves, are you well equipped for this winter? Take the time to make sure everyone in the family has everything they need. Try and sort it out: too small, too worn, etc. This will allow you to anticipate your purchases without being pressed for time.
With less sun and more cold, we can suffer a drop in morale, fatigue or even minor depression. Watch your health. With a good diet, sufficient sleep and the continuation of physical activity, you limit the risks of these harmful effects of winter.
Also check with your doctor who can advise you on a diet or vitamin supplements.
Make a list of activities
To avoid these little moments of low morale, start making a list of things you'd like to do now:
- the books you would like to read
- the activities you would like to do or redo: skidoo, ice skating, skiing, sled dogs, snowshoes, etc.
- the places you would like to go
- the comforting dishes you would like to cook: raclette, fondue, homemade poutine, etc.
- the wines you would like to discover
- the movies and series you want to watch
Making lists and setting goals is a positive way to have a great winter.
Preparing your house for winter
Tidy up your balcony or terrace
After this beautiful Indian summer we have just experienced, it's time to tidy up your summer garden! Sun chairs and barbecue will find a nice place in the garage or the locker until the next beautiful season!
Also invest in a shovel for the house to clear snow from your exteriors. Familiarize yourself with the rules of your condo because snow removal from balconies is often your responsibility.
Insulation, heating, humidity
To avoid unpleasant surprises on the heating bill, check your home's insulation. Identify air infiltrations and caulk them. If you are a homeowner, find out about good insulation and proper heating. These useful investments save money in the long run and add value to your property.
Also, be sure to keep the correct humidity level, between 30% and 50% in winter. A hygrometer is a small investment that will allow you to check the humidity level in your home. To lower the humidity, air the rooms daily.
Finally, let's end this article on a light note with this last tip: change your decor! Treat yourself and invent a new winter decor with small elements such as a beautiful winter blanket and cushions. Already think about your Christmas decoration, you have the right ;)
Winter is a magical season in Quebec and it is even more so when you prepare well. The entire Sutton Quebec team wishes you a great experience of this great season! Find all of our advice articles in our blog section.