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Tips & Tricks

What to Have in Your Car in Winter

Published on February 09 2015

Living in Canada, winter is a big part of our lives.

From November until April (if we are lucky), Canadians have to deal with cold weather, piles of snow, and of course, icy roads. Driving is perhaps the most difficult aspect of winter as it requires significant preparation and almost always comes with its challenges and headaches.

One way to ensure you get through winter safely is to make sure you have certain items in your car that will come in handy should you be stranded or should you lose control of your vehicle on a slippery road. These items will keep you warm and get you out of a tough spot quickly should you be on your own.

Salt

Keeping a bag of de-icing salt in your vehicle will allow you to melt the ice underneath your wheels should your car be slipping when you are trying to leave a parking spot or your driveway.

Traction aids

Traction aids are great for helping your car get unstuck when the wheels are caught in deep snow. They are easy to use and can help you if you are alone.

Jumper cables

Your car’s battery takes a beating in winter. That is why you need jumper cables to hook up to another car in the event that your battery is too weak or too cold to start your car. Jumper cables also come in handy should you need to help another motorist.

Gloves, hat, and scarf

You should keep a spare pair of gloves as well as a hat and scarf in your car should you ever be stranded. In such a case, keeping warm will be a priority.

For additional information, contact any one of the Mierins Automotive Group's dealerships!

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