Winterize Your Car - Must Have Products You Should Have In Your Car To Brave The Wicked Winter Blues
You never know when you may need them, and having them with you could mean the difference between winding up stranded or making it home safely.
Cold weather can wreak havoc on your car and make it difficult to start. Keeping jumper cables on hand is always a good idea and could help you avoid an unpleasant or potentially life-threatening situation.
Sure it may seem weird to lug kitty litter around all winter, but if you get stuck, pouring a little around your tires can create the traction you need to get unstuck. (Tip: The non-clumping kind works best.)
Having a shovel is pretty self explanatory. You'll need this bad boy to dig your car out. It's definitely a must have. Trust me on this one.
BASIC TOOL KIT
Pliers, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, pocketknife, duct tape, rope. You don’t have to be MacGyver to make use of a few handy tools, and your ingenuity may surprise you in extreme circumstances.
If you've been out in the snow and ice trying to free your vehicle, you’ll likely be wet and freezing. Keep a change of clothes, including socks, gloves, hat, and boots as well as a blanket or sleeping bag. If you have to wait it out in your vehicle, at least you won’t have to do it as a human popsicle.
FOOD & WATER
In colder temps, the body can last longer without water, but nevertheless, it’s still highly recommended that you include water as an essential part of your winter car kit. You should also include nuts, energy bars, high-protein snacks, or a Twix bar if you're Twix obsessed as I am.
FIRST AID KIT
Keep a fully stocked first aid kit and an extra supply of any additional medications necessary. If you're diabetic or asthmatic etc ensure that you have the necessary back up meds in your first aid kit or your purse. I almost always have my inhaler and pain killers in my handbag. It’s also a good idea to know what’s in your first aid kit and how to use it.
PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER
I know I'm not the only one who has silently cursed my smartphone when my phone battery runs out of juice just when I need it most. Having a small but powerful portable battery charger can help you out in a pinch; some can even charge your tablet, too. Just throw one of these handy little gadgets in your bag, car, or pocket and you'll never find yourself without a power source when you're on the go.
CAR TUNE UP & OIL CHANGE
Right before the winter begins make sure to get a full car tune up at your local mechanic and also ensure that your tires are winter ready. Change your car's oil according to the manufacturer's recommended intervals. In extreme conditions, switching to synthetic oil, which is less susceptible to thickening can be very helpful.
What are some of your must have in car winterize products? Feel free to share. Stay warm and safe my friends.