It isn’t quite freezing yet, but Angelenos not accustomed to so much as a dusting (calling this snow is sensationalism) should heed the following bits of advice:
- If you’ve been putting anything other than anti-freeze into your car’s coolant system, change it out NOW. I know, its common sense, but if the temperature drops below freezing, the water in your car will expand as it turns to ice, likely busting every hose and possibly cracking your radiator into uselessness.
- Watch out for black ice. East Coasters, Midwesters, and anyone else who’s from anywhere else knows that even a little bit of moisture on the ground can ice over and become slippery than an oil slick. These spots are virtually indectable to the untrained eye, so be careful while driving in freezing temperatures in general, but be particularly careful on bridges and overpasses.
- Avoid whiskey, enjoy some Swiss Miss. ;) Alcohol may make you think you’re warmer, but that’s just your blood vessels expanding. It does, however, make everyone seem a little sexier, so you may find a little more warmth after all.
Please leave any other advice in the comments (besides “don’t eat yellow snow” – some asshat will always bring that up).
Ohio raised reader Allison writes in with this “bonus” tip:
- In a pinch, a cassette tape case can work like an icescraper on your windsheild. If you still have cassettes in your car, that is