Travel – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:31:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Why It’s Important To Get Your Winter Tires https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/important-get-winter-tires/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/important-get-winter-tires/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:32:55 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185854 As soon as temperatures drop below seven degrees Celsius, it’s time to swap out your all-weather, or your summer, or whatever tires you have on your car and opt for winter tires. In these sorts of temperatures, winter tires are far more reliable, and far safer than all weather tires. We know tires are expensive,
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As soon as temperatures drop below seven degrees Celsius, it’s time to swap out your all-weather, or your summer, or whatever tires you have on your car and opt for winter tires. In these sorts of temperatures, winter tires are far more reliable, and far safer than all weather tires. We know tires are expensive, so here some convincing reasons why you need to install your winter tires.

Why You Need Winter Tires

The Science of Traction

The main reason that winter tires perform so much better in conditions where the temperature has dropped below seven degrees is grip. Winter tires provide better grip on the road, hands down. As temperatures drop, the road becomes similarly colder, and much harder. Summer tires are made with harder rubber compounds, and two hard surfaces making contact is not good for traction. You need softer rubber in order to grip the hard winter road and that is exactly what winter tires provide.

To understand how traction actually works, you have to think at the microscopic level. From a distance, the road, especially if it’s a new, good road, can look pretty smooth and flat. Get up close however, and the surface of the road looks more like a big mountain range, with peaks and valleys and lots of uneven surfaces. In order for your tires to provide you with good traction, the rubber must be soft and pliable enough to fit into the spaces between these surface irregularities as it moves over it, providing grip in the process. When you have hard tires, the rubber slides over the top of the road, instead of squeezing into the uneven spaces in the pavement.

There are a wide range of winter tires designed for specific environments. Some are made specifically for ice and snow driving, for example, while some are better rated for highway driving. What they all provide, however, is increased grip on the road. This becomes doubling important when you factor in the additional moisture of the winter. If you live in an environment that receives a considerable amount of snow, or even a considerable amount of rain during the winter, not only are you driving on a harder, colder road, but your tires are also constantly exposed to moisture.

Having the appropriate tires on your vehicle, regardless of the conditions, is one of the biggest things you can do for your family’s safety, your safety and that of other people on the road. If you live in a climate that necessitates winter tires, do the right thing this winter and drive responsibly.

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Five Things To Do Before Leaving For A Long Vacation https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/five-things-to-do-before-leaving-for-a-long-vacation/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/five-things-to-do-before-leaving-for-a-long-vacation/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2015 02:50:18 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178658 The excitement of a long vacation can often be overshadowed by the preparation. There are flights and hotels to book, routes to plan, and cities to be researched, but what about everything back at home? Here are five tips to keep your home and possessions safe and secure while you travel—and give yourself the peace
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The excitement of a long vacation can often be overshadowed by the preparation. There are flights and hotels to book, routes to plan, and cities to be researched, but what about everything back at home?

To Do For A Long Vacation

Here are five tips to keep your home and possessions safe and secure while you travel—and give yourself the peace of mind needed to enjoy your vacation!

  1. Get Your Documents In OrderOrganize all the documents you need for travel—passports, tickets, boarding passes—and keep them extra secure by photocopying them and taking photos.
  2. Call Your BankMake sure to phone your bank to let them know you will be travelling. The last thing you need is your card getting declined in a new city!
  3. Take Care of Your HouseMake sure to have someone to take care of your home, including lawn, garden, and houseplants while you are away. Make sure all lights and other electrical appliances are turned off and unplugged. If you have a spare key hidden somewhere, bring it inside (but make sure you have keys with you)!

    Take security measures like alarms into account, as well as making sure all windows and doors are locked. These measure differ if you have someone coming by to housesit or pet-sit.

    Having someone come and take care of your house is a great idea, both because they will keep things maintained, but also to deter burglars who may see an obviously empty home.

  4. Get a Storage UnitOf course we’d suggest it, but getting a storage unit is really the only way to ensure your valuables are safe while you’re away on vacation. Any valuable items like artwork, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, electronics, musical instruments, and important documents, are at a huge risk for theft or damage if left in your home or apartment for a long period of time.

    Not only will a storage unit keep your things safe from theft, it will also keep them in a climate-controlled, secure space, and protect them from any other disasters like fire or flooding.

    If you are renting an apartment, it may be easier and cheaper in the long run to give your notice and move all your belongings into a storage space. Depending on how long you’re going to be gone for, it may not make sense to continue paying rent.

    If you do want to hold onto your apartment, getting someone to sub-let can also help you save money. Moving your important belongings into a storage unit is definitely important if there is someone else living in your apartment while you’re gone.

  5. Take Care of BusinessMake sure everything runs smoothly while you’re gone. Set your email to auto-reply so colleagues, family, and friends know you may take longer to reply. Pay any bills that are due. Tying up these loose ends will just give you less things to worry about while you’re away enjoying yourself!

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Preparing For a Cross-Country Move https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/preparing-for-a-cross-country-move/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/preparing-for-a-cross-country-move/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:11 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/?p=4534 The time has come for you to trek across the country to start a new life. You’ve got a new job and now you have to say goodbye to your friends and family as you embark on the next chapter of your journey. Moving can be tough even when you’re staying in the same city,
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The time has come for you to trek across the country to start a new life. You’ve got a new job and now you have to say goodbye to your friends and family as you embark on the next chapter of your journey. Moving can be tough even when you’re staying in the same city, so it’s only natural that a cross-country move can bring on some anxiety. However, there are ways of preparing for a cross-country move that will make it easier on you.

Cross-Country Move

  • Don’t Leave Anything Until The Last Minute
    The earlier you start packing, the less anxiety you’ll have the night before. Leave out essential items like a change of clothes and toiletries for the day of your move but other than that, everything should be packed up and ready to go way before the movers show up.

  • Take Inventory Of All Your Belongings
    Make a detailed list of every piece of furniture you’re having shipped to your new home. This list should also include the number of boxes you have. Some moving companies will provide you with a template you can use to keep track of your belongings. If not, it’s easy to make your own on an Excel spreadsheet. When you and your stuff reaches your new place you can compare the list with what’s there to make sure everything has arrived.

  • Arrive Before your Belongings
    Make sure you will arrive at your new home either right before or at the same time as your stuff. There are some factors you can’t control, like a flight being delayed due to weather, but if you can arrange your travel to coincide with your furniture’s, do so. You do not want to show up to your new home and find your furniture and boxes left out on the lawn because the movers got there before you did.

  • Rent a Storage Unit
    If you’re only moving for a short period of time, rent a storage unit to house your belongings. Training seminars, short-term employment, anything that takes you out of your home temporarily where you don’t need your stuff is a good reason to get a storage unit to keep your possessions safe. Instead of paying rent in an apartment back home while you live across the country for a short time, make use of a storage unit. You will save money in the long-run.

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Do’s And Don’ts of Travelling With a Pet https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/dos-and-donts-of-travelling-with-a-pet/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/dos-and-donts-of-travelling-with-a-pet/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:00:35 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/?p=4506 When travelling with a pet, there are many considerations you have to make. Will you be taking a car? Flying? Can your pet handle spending hours cooped up? Before you make arrangements and bring your dog along on your tropical vacation check out the do’s and don’ts of travelling with a pet: If you’re making
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When travelling with a pet, there are many considerations you have to make. Will you be taking a car? Flying? Can your pet handle spending hours cooped up?

Do’s And Don’ts Of Travelling With A Pet

Before you make arrangements and bring your dog along on your tropical vacation check out the do’s and don’ts of travelling with a pet:

  • If you’re making a temporary move to a long-distance location, bringing all of your pet’s belongings is not only going to take up a lot of room in your car, it’s also going to act as an unwanted distraction to your pet. Even tucked away in the trunk, your pet will smell their familiar toys and treats, which will likely cause them to be restless. Instead of moving everything with you, bring their non-replaceable essentials and put the rest of their belongings in storage for when you return!

  • Do choose the safest and most comfortable travel method for your pet.

  • Don’t travel with fish or aquatic animals. Some people buy turtles and fish when they visit tropical locales. Some countries will even let you go through security and board the plane with an exotic eel but the moment you land in Canada it will be confiscated at customs.

  • Do check with your vet before leaving to make sure your dog or cat has the required shots for travel. Some countries, especially those in Europe, require a pet to be quarantined for a long period of time before they are even allowed to entre the country.

  • Don’t forget the barf bag. Dogs are susceptible to motion sickness just like humans. Driving with your dog on a twisted road or without an open window can make him/her very ill. If you have a small dog and are allowed to fly with it in the cabin, it may feel sick if there’s turbulence.

  • Do leave the front seat for yourself. Your pet will be safer in the backseat. If the airbag deploys while your dog or cat is sitting in the front, they could become seriously injured.

  • Don’t leave your pet in the cargo bay of a plane for too long. Cabin travel is better for pets but if you are travelling with a large animal it may not be allowed in the cabin. Dogs and cats may need to be sedated to keep them from getting scared in the cargo bay. Sedation can wear off, or worse, the temperature in the bay can shift from too cold to too hot and hurt your pet. Take a direct flight if possible and try to keep air travel with a pet to a minimum of six hours.

  • Do carry a current picture of your pet, preferably on your phone for easy access. In case your pet runs off at a rest stop or tears through the airport, it’ll be easier for people to help you search for him/her.

Whether you’re traveling for a day, a month or a year, ensure you’re prepared enough in advance so you can keep your pets comfortable and safe!

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