Cold weather means caution
Published: Thursday, December 12th, 2013
If nothing else, the recent cold spell this area has experienced has given us all something to talk about. You couldn’t go anywhere this past week without someone commenting about the cold weather and how they wish it would hurry up and warm up. It has also tended to bring us closer together because we are all experiencing the same hardship with the extreme cold weather.
Oldtimers tell us that this is the way the weather used to be around Custer County. That may be true, but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to tolerate. It certainly does tend to make us more appreciative of a warm home and reliable transportation to get us around in all this snow and cold.
It also makes us more cautious with our travel plans. Getting stuck out on the road in extreme cold temperatures is nothing to fool with. We have noted that drivers are being a bit more conservative in the operation of their vehicles. We would hope that they also are traveling with full tanks of gas and an emergency weather kit to include blankets, candles, matches, snacks and water. It’s always a good idea to have a shovel along just in case you have to dig yourself or somebody else out of a ditch.
Cell phones have greatly increased the chances of being rescued quickly in case something does happen to your vehicle on the road. When planning a trip, it is just common sense to make sure your cell phone battery is charged up and ready to go.
Vehicle maintenance is especially important in extreme cold weather. By now, owners have found out the condition of their batteries and whether or not their radiator coolant is adequate to handle cold temperatures.
It has been a number of years since we have had a cold spell like this one that has hung around so long. It’s of little comfort to know that others in the country from Texas and across the South up to the Northeast are also experiencing unseasonably icy and cold weather.
The nation has experienced enough of this “global warming” and is ready for a break in the weather. We just hope this is not a sign of what is yet to come once winter officially starts. For most of us, a break in the weather couldn’t come fast enough.
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