Snow shovels – be prepared!
Snow shovels – they might not be high on your list of priorities right now, but in the best boy scouts tradition it pays to be prepared.
Last winter saw most major retailers selling out of snow shovels just as the really bad weather hit. Even if you were one of the lucky ones to have ordered while stocks lasted, bad weather hit the supply chain and many orders couldn’t actually be delivered.
According to some amateur forecasters, Winter 2011 may be the worst the UK has seen for 100 years with the first snowfall expected mid December. Snow has already fallen near Braemar, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland which also holds the record for the lowest UK temperature ever recorded, -27.
However much notice we are given though, in the UK we still seem to get caught short. Cars abandoned in the street, snow ploughs which can’t get through and grit supplies running out seemingly as soon as the first flakes have fallen.
Other countries for whom snow is not a chance but a given handle things a bit better. In the midwestern state of Minnesota, snow emergency parking rules are enforced. It is illegal to park your car on the roadside during the first day to enable the ploughs to get through. On day two you park on the odd numbered side of the street (thus allowing the ploughs to clear the majority of the road) and on day three you park on the even side. It might sound complicated, but it’s common sense and allows the state to function properly during even the worst snowfall. It is also your responsibility to clear snow and ice from the pavement outside your property, within 24 hours in Minnesota, so they know a thing or two about snow shovelling. They even have a handy leaflet on snow clearing tips.
As with anything the right tools for the job make all the difference and a purpose built snow shovel will do the job much more effectively than an estate agents sign turned upside down. So order yours now and whilst the rest of the family are out enjoying a snowball fight or snowman competition you can enjoy using your new shovel and benefit from the exercise at the same time!
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