Stranded in Your Car? A Winter Auto Survival Guide

One of the worst fears of drivers in the Northern United States is becoming stranded in their car during a blizzard or snowstorm.  If your car stops working during the winter, and you are unable to get help immediately, having a winter survival plan can be the difference between life and death.

Complete Auto Loans has been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest auto community for quite some time, and these tips come from a combination of expert experience and advice.  While the likelihood of becoming stranded on Washington or Oregon’s roads is low, you should always plan for the worst in order to protect yourself and your family.

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Preparing your Car

In the previous installment of Complete Auto Loans’ Winter Guide, we covered the steps that you need to take to winterize your car in order to prevent damage and malfunction.  Winterizing your car is a great preventative step towards ensuring that you aren’t stranded during the winter, but you should still plan for the worst.  There are a few items that every car needs to have.

  • Flashlights and road flares – these can help alert passer-by and rescue personnel to your location, and they can keep your car from being hit by other vehicles in the event that you are stalled or broken down at night.
  • Extra clothes and warm blankets – when your car runs out of gas, the heater also stops functioning so be prepared for the prolonged cold weather.  If you have to spend the night in your car, the temperature will drop rapidly, and a set of heavy blankets and sleeping bags might save your life.  Chemical heaters are usually a bad idea because they displace oxygen and can cause asphyxiation in a closed environment like a car.
  • Food and water – During an emergency situation, it is especially important that you keep your energy up.  You probably won’t be stranded for long enough for food and water to matter all that much in terms of survival, but they will definitely help keep panic levels low and your confidence intact.
  • Whistle – Vital for signaling rescuers if the snowstorm is ongoing and visibility is limited.
  • Extra cell phone batteries and an extra cell phone – these should be tucked into a glove compartment where they can be kept charged on a regular basis.  Even if a cell phone is not activated by a major carrier, the 911 option should still work.  There is no excuse to be stuck without a way to contact police in an emergency.

What to do if you are stranded

If your car stops working, or you are forced to pull over because of inclement weather, do NOT get out of your vehicle.  Unless you can see a building or rescue personnel, getting out of your vehicle can accelerate exposure and can lead to you getting lost.  There are plenty of stories of people abandoning their cars in panic, only to freeze to death far out of reach of rescuers.  Your car is a nice big object sitting on a well trafficked road, and it is much easier to find than a single person wandering through the snow.

Stay calm! There is no need to panic, even though you might feel as though you are totally alone.  Winter weather will not last forever, and you can last a long time in your properly stocked car.

Just hunker down in your sleeping bag, call for emergency assistance, and crack one window slightly to prevent condensation from accumulating in your car and driving down the ambient temperature. If you can’t reach an emergency responder on your cell phone, periodically try again (once every hour or so) and monitor the outside of your vehicle for noises.  Use your whistle in short blasts of three to alert people to your presence.

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How Superior Precision Forming Can Help Reduce Cost and Increase Product Quality

Do you have unique designs that require metal fabrication you simply cannot wait to reveal for your clients? Have you developed innovative ways to deal with common design problems your customers face again and again but have scoured the market for comparable solutions to no avail?

If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then precision forming may be the design element to help you make your design dreams a reality. Precision forming gives you the control over the design process to make project elements you’ve only ever imagined spring to life before your eyes.

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What is precision forming?

Precision forming allows you to develop and machine components for projects that you’re working on. This is important when it comes to developing pieces for design installations or architectural components that defy normal categorization.

Precision forming is incredibly useful in architecture, furniture manufacturing, and other industries that cater to consumers and we’re guessing you could probably find about a thousand uses for a precision forming elements of your very own. While investing in precision forming does require some significant initial capital, the value that it brings to your firm is likely worth the investment.

Precision forming machines allow you the freedom to custom make any design element in any material you can think of. With customers demanding more unique and customized design elements, adding this valuable service will give your firm an edge over your competition and will give you complete freedom in drafting the designs that your clients are begging for.

Work with different materials

Design is hardly static, and rarely is it limited to a single material or medium throughout an entire project. As you layer design elements for an installation or client build, you’ll find yourself wanting the flexibility and variety that precision formed pieces can offer.

What’s more? You can customize materials in a variety of elements to achieve the look and function that you’re after. Use metal machining to create durable metal components. Choose a glass piecer to help you design an out-of-this-world glass focal point. With precision forming, the sky’s the limit when it comes to component design and elements.

When you have a design that brings old mediums together in new ways, you want the best way to see this vision come to life – ideally without incurring a lot of extra expense for your firm or your clients. Precision forming helps you to achieve the exact look and feel you’re after without the middleman.

Raise quality standards

Additionally, when you have complete control over the precision formed components that you need for designs you create, you can take control of the quality of these components. No more trying to fit differing pieces or parts from different brands because you can’t get matching pieces from any one place.

When you perform your own precision forming jobs, you can raise the quality standards of the products that you offer significantly. And while you may not be familiar with offering these kinds of services in house, you’ll want to consider adding them to your lineup, since you will gain greater control of the design process and have the confidence to deliver quality one-of-a-kind pieces for every client you work with.

Reduce production costs

Another significant benefit to investing in your own precision forming is that when you handle your own precision forming needs, you reduce the overhead for yourself and your clients. And this is where your investment really pays off. Instead of having to work with others to develop your precision forming designs and trying to convey your design needs and vision, you can simply do the work yourself.

Obviously, doing your own precision forming can save a lot of money since it reduces the likelihood of anything being lost in translation and that your contracted crew simply won’t capture the element that you need. Going back and forth over design features and incorrect models can waste a lot of time that is better spent working on other components of your business.

When you add up the repeat costs of contracting out your precision forming components for project after project – especially when you need more than one item per client – the price adds up quickly, and eats into your bottom line. Imagine if you could recoup all of the savings of machining these pieces on your own! You’ll earn back the price of your precision forming setup in no time, simply through recovered profits.

Conclusion

The flexibility of doing your own precision forming work and the added bonus that this adds for your clients far outweighs the expense of investing in such a machine. Adding precision forming work in house does require some financial and time investment, as there is a bit of a learning curve to overcome. But over time, the investment will be far worth its initial challenge when you can offer clients exactly what they want.

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A Simple Guide: Tree Removal Services in Snohomish County

When a tree dies or becomes weakened with age, or damage from a storm has made a tree hazardous, tree removal may be the only option. Hazardous trees can cause many problems including falling limbs, cracking during wind or storms, and they can ultimately cause damage to property if the limbs or tree were to fall.tree removal snohomish county Tree removal is also used to create light and space for properties. In some cases, trees may need to be removed to make room for new construction or home additions.

You should also consider that one of the most difficult things to control in your home is the air quality. While trees help with purifying the air around your home you may also need an indoor air purifier to get the most out of the quality of your home air. Here’s an in depth look at a germguardian ac4825 review which can help you choose the best air purifier for your home.

Whatever the reason for the tree removal, it can be a hazardous undertaking, especially when the removal is in confined spaces near houses, utility lines, or sensitive property. This makes it extremely important to have expert assistance when removing trees from your property. At Precision Tree Service, our highly trained tree removal experts are here to make sure your trees are removed properly and safely.

Tree removal is not “one size fits all” as there are multiple ways to remove a tree depending on the tree and circumstances. Here is an outline of the different tree removal services offered by Precision Tree Service:

Take Down Only – As our most inexpensive type of tree removal, this is a simple removal. The tree is removed safely and quickly with no cleanup. Cutting the tree for firewood is NOT included unless agreed upon in the proposal.

Basic Removal – This is the removal of a tree that has no hazardous obstacles such as utility lines or buildings. This service DOES include clean up and firewood cutting.

Technical Removal – This is removal that includes obstacles such as utility lines or buildings. This removal includes rope work and light rigging. This service also includes firewood cutting and clean up.

Close Quarters Removal – This is our most difficult removal as the tree is in close quarters with buildings or other obstacles. It includes rope work and rigging to avoid these obstacles. As with our other services, this too includes clean up and firewood cutting.

Tree Removal from the Tree Care Experts

The tree removal experts at Precision Tree Service are here to remove your unwanted or hazardous tree using the most efficient and safest methods available. Whether this is a planned removal or an emergency tree service after a storm or accident, we are here to work with you to make sure your tree is removed correctly by one of our certified arborists.

Although we made it through a fairly mild winter, spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest often bring lots of wind and rain. If a major storm causes severe damage to a tree, removal may be necessary. Throughout Snohomish and Skagit County, Precision Tree Service is available for all your tree removal needs. We provide thorough clean up and do whatever we can to minimize the impact on your yard and surrounding areas.

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