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December 1, 2019
Surviving Winter in Pennsylvania: Our Top Tips

PA Bucks County Winter Travel

Warren Weiss Insurance Agency has operated in Bucks County, PA for over 70 years. In that time, we’ve learned how to weather all kinds of storms, both figuratively and literally.

If you’re a PA resident, you’ve likely seen the Facebook memes about the crazy winters we get. (Here in Quakertown, we can certainly relate!) As we gear up for another season of snow, ice, and chilly winds, here are some tips to keep you safe and warm ‘til spring makes its triumphant return.

1. Build defrost time into your morning routine

Everyone hates waiting for their car to thaw in the morning, but what if there was a way to make those 15 minutes a little more enjoyable — or at the very least, more productive? Use it as your time to check the morning headlines, plan the day ahead, sip your coffee, or meditate. Once you establish a habit, it will feel like less of a chore.

2. Plan alternate routes for your commute to work or school

Southeastern Pennsylvania combines the dangers of high-traffic areas with winding, rural roads. While it’s important to stay at home whenever possible, driving in wintry weather is sometimes unavoidable. If your normal route is particularly hilly or dangerous, be prepared to take a different route when it snows, and leave ample time so you are not tempted to rush. Never be afraid to take it slow, for your own safety and for that of everyone else on the road.

3. Winter-proof your home

All homeowners, and especially those of us in the Northeastern U.S., should go through a winter preparation checklist to prevent damage, stay warm, and keep energy bills within reason. Doing so early in the season can save a lot of trouble down the road. Check your pipes, and make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed. You may also want to consider investing in a backup generator if your area is prone to extended power outages.

4. Practice safe shoveling

Shoveling snow isn’t just a nuisance; it can also be dangerous. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a snowblower, or to have befriended a neighbor who owns one, be extra cautious with your manual snow removal efforts. Remember to lift from your legs to avoid unnecessary stress on your back, and take frequent breaks. And of course, hydrate often!

5. Review your home and auto insurance plans

Winter is an excellent metaphor for life in that it presents challenges outside of our control. So, to prepare for every possible scenario, it’s important to make sure your insurance is up-to-date and that all possible risks are accounted for. Contact your Warren Weiss agent to review your plans today, or request your free quote online!

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