Winter Safety: How To Drive In The Snow

If you’re driving in the snow, you want to be extra careful. You never know when you’re going to hit a patch of ice and lose traction. Fortunately, there are ways to help stay safe even when driving in difficult winter conditions. We’re going to share some of them with you in this article.

Tires. Your tires are the point of contact and subsequently, the more traction you have the better. While we suggest using winter tires instead of all-seasons, it’s not always necessary to have tires designed specifically for driving in the snow. All the same, we suggest you go with a set of snow-specific tires.

Carry deicer. You should always have salt or something similar in your vehicle, just in case you need it. It also doesn’t hurt to carry a shovel, windshield scraper, and whatever else you think you might need (like road flares and a cell phone).

In case of an accident, it’s always nice to have a personal locator beacon, cell phone, road flares, blankets, food, and water. After all, you never know how long you might be stranded if you suddenly veer off the road and find your vehicle stuck in a snow covered ditch.

Another option that may help you keep your vehicle on the road is chains. Chains for your tires can go a long way. If you’re able to, you might want to carry a set in your car just in case you run into conditions that you weren’t expecting.

You should always make sure your vehicle is in working order, but one thing in particular that you should check is your brakes. Make sure your brakes are good. And for that matter, make sure your tires have plenty of tread left.

Drive slow. It’s best to keep your speed low when driving in difficult conditions, unless of course you need to make it up a steep incline like a hill or mountain road. In which case, carefully give it some power to ensure that you don’t go rolling back down in reverse.

When going down a hill, try to move slowly – if you can, let your transmission do some of the work by keeping your vehicle in a low gear.

Don’t make sudden movements. You want to maintain control and a good way to lose control is to stop or accelerate suddenly or to suddenly jerk the wheel. Avoiding doing so will help you maintain traction. Always plan in advance. If you know you have to stop, make sure you’re going slow and begin slowing down far in advance. This way you hopefully won’t go rolling out into an intersection because you hit some ice right where you planned to stop.

Winter Driving Mercedes
Driving down the road in winter in an AWD Mercedes. © 7thSeason.com

If possible, use a vehicle with traction control and all-wheel drive (AWD). Vehicles equipped with such technology will perform better in the snow than those that don’t have it.

Lastly, avoid driving in difficult conditions. If you can, it’s best to avoid driving in uncertain weather when the roads are questionable. So if you can plan in advance to take care of things when the weather is nice, you won’t have to worry about driving through the snow.

These tips on winter driving are brought to you free of charge by the seasonal gear reviewers at 7thSeason.com

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Our Website Is Admittedly Slow, Here’s Why

So we recently launched our website but before we did, we knew it was going to be somewhat slow. The reason for this is the hosting provider we chose and the hosting package with that provider that we opted for. We knew up front, after having used it before, the results were going to be less than impressive. So why’d we do it? Money.

We didn’t want to spend a lot of money up front on web hosting for this website because it doesn’t need it, not yet anyways. Once the site begins to get some noticeable traffic, something substantial, we’ll upgrade the hosting. Chances are, we’ll probably move it to another hosting provider entirely. We already have some in mind but until the site is moving, we’ll just let it sit right where it’s at.

But while we knew the site was going to load relatively slow for visitors until we migrated it to a new, faster host, we were curious just how slow it was loading so we headed over to a website that performs free site speed tests called GTmetrix and ran a quick scan. In line with our assumptions, the results of that test indicated that our site is indeed quite slow.

While the server itself that our website is hosted on is located in the U.S., the server used to test our site’s speed is located in Vancouver, Canada. While it’s not on the other side of the world, distance does matter. According to the scan report, our site has a “D” YSlow rating of 64% and a “C” PageSpeed score of 75%. Our load time for the homepage turned out to be 5.2s, which is by no means fast, although it isn’t terribly-terribly slow. Are we worried about it? Not at all. As soon as we’re starting to get some visitors, we’ll migrate the site on over to a faster hosting provider and the load time will diminish greatly. But until then, we’ll just leave it where it’s at and hope that it doesn’t annoy too many of our early visitors!

Site Speed Test Results
This is GTmetrix’s report on our site’s speed as of 12/8/16.

While none of this likely enticing to potential visitors checking out our new site, we wanted to share this information for our own reference purposes as we intend on revisiting this post once we’ve moved the site to a new host. That way, we’ll be able to see just how slow it was before we moved it.

Outdoor Gear Review Sites That Don’t Suck

There are so many review sites around these days, but a noticeable problem is that they’re not all made equal. While some of the are absolutely incredible and tackle all of the issues that one would want to see addressed, others are blatantly terrible. Fortunately, those of us at 7th Season realized this and decided to make one that doesn’t suck, which you can find at 7thSeason.com (duh).

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This photograph, which shows an island on a frozen pond in winter, was taken in New England. © 7thSeason.com

Reviewing outdoor gear is no easy task, but it is most certainly a fun one that keeps us entertained. Who wouldn’t enjoy testing kayaks, snowboards, and other fun winter toys? Not us. We love it. That’s why this entire endeavor makes so much sense to us. We’re testing the stuff anyways, so why not share our findings with the masses? Makes sense, right?

Now that we’ve launched our website, we have a long road ahead of us – an endless road in reality. One in which we’ll review the seemingly endless stream of new seasonal products in a never ending quest to find the best of the best.

At this point, we’re fully intent on reviewing gear for every season. This includes gear for camping, kayaking, snowboarding, bicycling, hiking, and more. If you want to stay up to date with what’s happening here at 7th Season, be sure to follow our blog here on WordPress because we intend on updating it regularly to keep you all informed with what we’re up to.

Right now, for example, we just ordered a new product, one which we’ll keep under wraps for now, and it’s an exciting one that’s specifically designed for cold climates. If you want to know what it is and what we think about it, you’ll just have to stay tuned for now and wait until we shed light on what it is we’re about to review. Until then, we suggest taking a look at our already large number of reviews on our website. There’s all kinds of cool gear on there and there’s most definitely more to come.

Until next time, enjoy this thing called life!

7th Season Is Now On Behance

We’ve gone and done it. We added our project, the 7th Season website, to Behance. Don’t know what Behance is? Then you might not care, but it’s a platform that allows creators to showcase their work, among other things. Which is why we’ve decided to showcase the work we’ve done to create our new website with the rest of the developers and whatnot in the Behance community. Hopefully we’ll get some good feedback which we can use to improve.

If you want to check out our website on Behance, you can see it here. It might not be the most impressive work that someone has shared on Behance, but we’re nonetheless quite proud of what we’ve accomplished. It’s definitely been a fair share of hard work and for that reason alone, we’re quite pleased with what we’ve managed to put together.

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This is a screen capture of a mobile-friendly version of a page on our website. Our entire website is mobile optimized.

One of the points that we’re particularly proud of is the fact that our website works on virtually every device you point at it. It doesn’t matter if you’re surfing our site on an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy running the Android OS, or your home computer or tablet, our website works on all of them. We thought this was a particularly smart move given that we ourselves spend a lot of time browsing the web on our phones and we’re apparently not the only ones as the trend of doing so is reportedly on the rise. With more and more people using their smartphones and tablets to surf the web, it’s only logical that our website is designed to render properly regardless of what device is connecting to it. This is, for those that don’t know, known as cross-platform compatibility and it’s something that all modern websites should probably account for.

With all that in mind, you can probably assume that we’re a fairly tech savvy bunch, which we are. But being nerds of sorts doesn’t mean we’re not fond of the wilderness, it’s actually the great outdoors that we prefer. It’s just that when you live in a part of the world where the weather changes from one day to the next and showers you with great extremes, from freezing cold to sticky hot, it’s nice to have some indoor hobbies too. And for us, computers and the internet are among them.

2016-17 Winter’s Current Impact Across The U.S.

Hey all. Just wanted to pop in real quick to share some news regarding the weather across the country.

In the U.S., winter has not only arrived, it is here to stay – at least in parts of the country. ABC News reports that officials have issued winter advisories in what is now just about 20 states across the U.S., which is surely a sign that for many, winter is finally upon us.

According to ABC News, the winter weather conditions are throwing a wrench into the plans of travelers across the US. Tough luck folks.

Up in New Hampshire, it seemingly came out of nowhere. All of a sudden, winter has set in upon us, blanketing our mountains with fresh snow. While not much has accumulated thus far, more is sure to come (if the meteorologists are correct). While Maine was recently hit hard, New Hampshire seemed to miss the brunt of it. Which, for snowboarders, skiers, and snowmobilers in the state, does not come as cheerful news. But if the weather reports are right, it won’t be long before we start to see some serious snow.

© 7thSeason.com
© 7thSeason.com

For those of us at 7th Season, we’re really looking forward to a white Christmas. The more snow the better if you ask us. Hopefully Mother Earth shares our sentiments regarding the snowfall. If all goes well, it won’t be long before the mountain near us opens up all of its lifts and trails. Here’s to hoping for some serious accumulation soon!

New Outdoor Gear Reviews Added

We’ve added a whole bunch of new reviews of outdoor gear to our website and we’d like to welcome you to take a look through them so if you care to, feel free to browse our recently added reviews. Who knows, you might find something you like!

(Just a reminder, you can find our website at 7thSeason.com)

Our latest batch of reviews were primarily contributed by Lawrence, a New Englander who enjoys everything from running, kayaking, and hiking in the summer to snowboarding and playing video games in the winter. His insights are vast and his writing is impressive. We’re definitely lucky to have him on our staff. So here’s to Lawrence – cheers brother!

We’d like to take a moment to note that the opinions expressed on our website are our own and while we may have had positive or negative experiences with some products, our own experiences do not reflect those of all users. So just because we love or despise something doesn’t mean that you should harbor similar feelings without having put the gear to the test yourself. That said, take it all in with a grain of salt because after all, it’s just our opinions and who knows – you might find that you disagree with us on occasion.

Anyways, Lawrence’s latest reviews cover such products as slippers, sunglasses, running gloves, games, headphones, socks, jackets, sweatpants, and a whole bunch of other gear. If you’re interested in learning what he thinks about the various products he’s reviewed, be sure to visit our website and see what he has to say!

7th Season Is Now On WordPress

7th Season, a website dedicated to reviewing seasonal products, both indoor and out, is now on WordPress.com! That’s right, we’ve finally done it – we’ve gone and joined the masses who use WordPress to share their thoughts with the rest of the world. What is exactly that we’re here to share? Well, our thoughts on seasonal products, of course!

Where can you find our website? At 7thSeason.com! What do we do on our website? We review seasonal gear. Why? To help you find the best products for every season. And that’s not all. We also exist to help manufacturers design better products by offering them feedback in the form of product reviews. Pretty cool, eh?

7thSeason.com Website
The 7thSeason.com website as seen through the Google Chrome web browser on Windows 10. This is where you can find all of our seasonal gear reviews. Check it out!

But seeing as we’re all a bit under the weather today, we’re going to keep this post short. Be sure to bookmark and follow us to stay up to date on our latest developments, developments which we’ll touch on briefly before we sign off.

Earlier today, we officially launched our new blog here on WordPress. We also joined some social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Of course, we’ll be sure to join some more in the near future, but for now, you can find us on both FB and Twitter.

At this point, we’ve added a wealth of original product reviews to our website which cover everything from winter gear like down-filled jackets and parkas to video game console systems and games themselves. Why do we review games? Well, winters are long and on those cold nights, playing video games is an awesome way to kick back and relax. But for the most part, our focus is on the gear that helps us stay warm, safe, and entertained. Which is why we review everything from summer’s kayaks and canoes to winter’s snowboards and skis. Not to mention all of the clothing and accessories that accompany such activities.

That’s all for now. Expect more from us in the near future. Until then, enjoy your life!