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Essential Items Every Driver Should Keep in the Car During Winter


While you should always keep an emergency roadside kit in your car, you might think about expanding its contents in the winter. Wintertime is replete with hazards that are unique to the season, so you might want to keep items in your emergency kit to address the unique challenges posed by the cold months. Here are some essential items every driver should have in their car this season.

Cat Litter

If you’re not from a snowy region, this advice might seem very bizarre. However, keeping a container of cat litter in the back of your car could be a life-saver in a pinch. The reason to keep this in your vehicle is to put it under your tires in order to give them something to grip on if you get stuck in ice or snow. Litter offers better friction than ice or snow would.

The reason cat litter is the advised item instead of just pre-packaged sand is that cat litter is, generally, more readily available and less expensive. It’s easy to just swing by the grocery store and grab a cheap bag of unscented cat litter.

Windshield Scraper

When there’s ice on your windshield, it can be nearly impossible to see what’s ahead in the road. This is extremely dangerous, and it’s why you should keep a windshield scraper in your vehicle. It’s an inexpensive item that can be invaluable in a pinch. In the scenario where your windshield is blocked by ice and snow, few items besides a windshield scraper will be able to help you get out of the pinch you’re in.

Jumper Cables

It’s not a secret that cold weather can cause serious damage to internal engine components. One of the parts that cold weather is harshest on is the car battery. Batteries not working to turn the engine over in the winter time is a classic frustration. That’s why it’s so important that you keep a set of jumper cables in your car, especially in the winter.

Road Flares

In the event that you find yourself crashed in a remote area, with the cold creeping in and your cellphone out of service range, you might think your best is to panic. However, this isn’t the case if you keep some road flares in your car. These can alert nearby authorities that you’re in trouble and can be a life-saver in the event of a crash.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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