How likely is it for an electric blanket to catch on fire?
Congratulations on your baby! And yay for you for breastfeeding- it's the best gift you'll ever give your son! What I did was use the medela one, it seems to stay on and stay in place when you put it there. Try this: Hold baby in right arm, head in crook of your elbow facing breast, tummy to tummy. Then use left hand to access your right breast, get things ready and apply the shield, and get nipple into baby's mouth. As for not exposing your breast first, it is my opinion that people should avert their eyes- mommy shouldn't have to hide it's FOOD, not a sex object. That said, you could try draping a blanket over your shoulder and baby, though I've found that it makes for a sweaty, grouchy baby and difficult to maintain the drape while nursing. Who wants to eat under cover anyway?! Blessings to you.
In Colorado for commuting, ice is generally more of a problem than snow. I have used studded tires for years with good results. One year I tried blizzaks and they were as good as the studded tires the first year. By the third year they were like an all season tire. The studs will stay good for at least three years if you are care full on dry pavement, not to spin or break hard. During the time that I had the blizzaks I had to commute 60 miles one way on 75 mph highway. I was so glad I didn't have the studs. Much smoother ride and quieter.