Winter is coming. The temperature is dropping, the nights are getting longer and for many of us it's now dark when we get up to leave for work and when we make the journey back.
Of course, the onset of winter also brings bad weather and there's a good chance parts of the country will be hit with snow in the next few months. When snow does fall, it is rural areas that are worst affected and many people are literally snowed in; unable to leave for work or school until the white stuff melts.
We can't control the weather, and there is little that can be done about this other than to try to make the best of the situation. One tool that can minimise the disruption caused by a snow-in is a reliable broadband connection.
Going online won't be able to melt the snow and ice away, but it can help you get by while nature takes it course.
The most disruptive impact of a snow-in is the fact it prevents you from getting to work. Thanks to broadband, however, that may no longer be such a problem. We live in a connected world and for many people, it's now possible to use the internet to work from home just as effectively as they could in the office.
Should a snow-in occur, this is a life-saver, as you'll be able to carry on working even if you can't make it into the office until the snow melts.
Keeping the kids occupied
Kids love the snow and a combination of snowball fighting, crafting snowmen and sledging will keep them occupied for hours. However, when the novelty wears off and they are unable to get to school, children can get restless.
Once again, the internet can help solve this problem. There are plenty of educational materials online that kids can get stuck into and there's a chance the school will even make homework and other learning materials available through the web.
Another negative impact of being snowed in is boredom; it can get pretty dull being stuck in the house for days on end. The internet is one of the best boredom antidotes there is. If you like to pass the time by watching films and TV shows, there's no shortage of choice online, as you can choose from free services like BBC iPlayer and 4OD, or paid ones such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.
There are plenty of other ways to kill time online. Whether it's social media, games, listening to music or even shopping, there is no excuse for having nothing to do when you have access to the web.
How to get online
Of course, the rural households most likely to find themselves snowed in also struggle to access fast and reliable broadband due to their remote location. Satellite broadband can solve that problem. Click here to learn more.