I worded that awkwardly, Mergatroyd - we plug in when the Environment Canada website is predicting such lows - and when our arthritic joints talk to us, since E.C. isn't clairvoyant. If I'm suspecting a drop, I'll plug in, but not turn the breaker supplying power to the outdoor plug-in on until 1-2 hours before I have to drive the car.
Don't you love the days when you drive to work in balmy 2C, but drive home in -20 and snow with howling winds? Or those mornings after a freezing rain + heavy snowfall when you have to brush & scrape the car windows?
I think I'm scarred for life about having to shovel a six foot wide frozen solid windrow at -40 while six months pregnant just to get my car back in the driveway actually. I was so thankful when the city invested in industrial snowblowers that followed the Grader and Plow trucks around.
I bet we could compare notes about having to enter the vehicles on the side that's out of the wind because the lock and latch are frozen solid as well. Good times!
Actually, the one cold snap I remember best, the mercury didn't rise at all. The temp dropped so fast the diesel hose froze and when we tried to fill up the truck it snapped right in two. Good thing we hadn't turned the pump on yet.
My contribution to the thread involves myself, sadly. I returned a movie to one of those red box things for my MIL. I had to ask for help as I could NOT figure it out. Of course it turned out to be really simple, if you used the touch screen. *headthunk* How many times have
I told the kids to read the directions? Fail!