Stamford, CN (PRWEB) December 31, 2005
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and since the holiday season has come and gone, there’s not much reason for non-winter sports enthusiasts to cheer about snowfall. Members of AP9 HomeWorksPlus, a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, can at least take solace in the knowledge that they can save money on their snow and ice removal equipment needs.
Aside from appreciating the sheer natural beauty of a new snowfall, most adults don’t take the same pleasure in a forecast of snow that schoolkids, skiers and snowboarders do. A big snowstorm can add a lot of time to even a short work commute, and that’s assuming all goes well on your ride.
As the old saying goes, everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it. AP9 HomeWorksPlus has no control over Mother Nature, but we do have a few tips to help you prepare for whatever she chooses to send your way this winter:
-- Practice defensive driving, and reduce your speed. Cars take longer to come to a stop on wet, snowy and/or icy roads, trucks even more so. Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, and keep an eye out for trucks behind you.
-- Make sure your car is stocked with supplies you’ll need in an emergency: a small bag of abrasive material, a snow shovel and snowbrush, traction mats, a flashlight (with fresh batteries), an ice scraper, cloth/paper towels, booster cables, a blanket, and warning devices (flare, triangles).
-- Winterize your car. Take it in for a tune-up, and have the service technician check your brakes, tires, exhaust, heating, and windshield wipers/washer system.
-- Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all times. A full tank will help you avoid a frozen gas line in your engine.
-- Wash your car. Cleaning your car in winter will keep snow and road grime from caking on your car’s exterior lights, which makes it easier for you to see and be seen. Keeping it clean can also prevent anti-icing chemicals from corroding the exterior.
-- Parking in a garage will keep snow from piling up on your car, but remember not to warm up your car in an enclosed garage (or other area). A build-up of carbon monoxide emissions from your car can be fatal.
-- If you need to shovel your driveway or walkway, remember three things: 1. Stretch out beforehand. Especially in deep snow, shoveling can strain unprepared muscles. 2. Use your knees to lift the snow. Your back shouldn’t absorb the brunt of the weight. 3. Don’t overexert yourself; take breaks as needed.
-- Read the instructions before using any de-icer or anti-icer on your driveway. While environment-friendly products are now available, any de-icing chemical has the potential to harm your property if it’s used improperly. Some can attack concrete; others can harm vegetation. Don’t let a quick fix to a snowfall cause lasting damage to your property.
In addition to savings on items for their home, yard and car, members of AP9 HomeWorksPlus can log on to DealPass to access member-exclusive savings on home decorating, cooking and entertaining, and a variety of other resources for their family.
About AP9 HomeWorksPlus
AP9 HomeWorksPlus is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 HomeWorksPlus.