Snowy Samaritans

Hello, snow! It’s been a long time coming, but Massachusetts finally had its first real dose of winter this week with the arrival of winter storm Juno. Not from the area? Here’s what you’ve missed…

Charlestown, MA - January 28, 2015 source: usatoday.com

Charlestown, MA – January 28, 2015
source: usatoday.com

 

Talk about a lot of snow! Mother nature sure was busy, but you should be, too! There are countless ways to Choose To Be Nice during (and after) a snow storm!

1. Clear off your sidewalk.

"A pedestrian walks in the middle of the street following a winter blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts January 28, 2015.  "  source: reuters.com

“A pedestrian walks in the middle of the street following a winter blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts January 28, 2015. “
source: reuters.com

 

As a Boston commuter, I can say from firsthand experience this morning that it is really hard to walk to work when sidewalks aren’t cleared. In fact, I spent most of my walk in the street with the cars. Besides the fact that it is illegal not to, be a nice neighbor and make sure to clear that sidewalk as soon as you can after a storm!

2. Shovel out your car.

Does that little car look capable of climbing a snow pile for a spot left by an SUV?  source: gossipsofrivertown.blogspot.com

Does that little car look capable of climbing a snow pile for a spot left by a SUV?
source: gossipsofrivertown.blogspot.com

 

I know this might seem like a no-brainer if you need to access said car after the storm, but some people (I’m looking at you, SUV drivers…) just drive over the snow with their 4WD and don’t actually shovel their spot.  This might work really well for the owners of those big vehicles who may be in a rush, but it’s rather rude for the rest of the people out there. Now, the owners of small cars not only have to shovel out their own car to leave, but when they return and are forced to take a spot previously occupied  by one of those larger vehicles, they now have to shovel out a second time just to re-park their car. Be a good samaritan and shovel your spot!

3. Don’t save spots.

source: citylab.com

source: citylab.com

 

I know it took a lot of hard work to shovel your car out of the two plus feet of snow, not to mention a lot of time, but please don’t save street parking spots! Winter is a miserable time for drivers everywhere and street parking in a city is difficult for us all with the limited space the snow leaves us with, but putting objects in the street to save your car’s spot isn’t the answer.

4. Check in on your elderly neighbors.

Do they need any groceries before the storm? Did they make it through the storm okay? Perhaps they need help shoveling a driveway or a sidewalk. A call or a visit to elderly neighbors is a great way to Choose To Be Nice and show you are thinking of others during a winter storm.

Do you have any other suggestions on how to Choose To Be Nice during a storm? Share in the comments below!

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