Winter Accessories to Keep In Car

Known for its snowy winters, our Cleveland used car dealer knows all too well how the harsh driving conditions can impact your commute and daily life. In order to make sure you and your ride are prepared, we've put together a list of items you'll want to keep in the car before your next trip to ensure you're ready for the chilly Cleveland winter.

Packable Shovel

Shovels are definitely an invaluable tool in winter, but having a shovel specifically dedicated to your car is a smart move and can help you dig out in a pinch if you find yourself buried in a mound of snow. Some compact shovels even feature serrated edges for breaking ice and prove useful if you have to clear a path to drive.

Snow and Ice Scraper

Easily the most used tool in winter, a snow and ice scraper is great for chipping off that frustrating layer of snow or ice if you've parked outside in the cold. Keeping an ice scraper with a long handle in your car can cut down on the time spent waiting in the morning for the ice to melt, and help you easily clear off your windows, mirrors, and lights before driving.

Cat Litter or Sand

Even if you own a capable car for winter driving in Cleveland, it's not a bad idea to keep a bag of cat litter or sand in your car for emergency situations, like if you find yourself stuck in snow, slush, or ice. Besides adding weight from the bag itself to help rear-wheel vehicles gain traction on slippery roads, the litter can be poured around your tires to provide an extra bit of traction you need to get moving again.

A Warm Blanket

If you find yourself stuck, stranded, or simply don't feel safe driving in current winter conditions, a blanket is an excellent way to keep you warm without wasting gas or your car's battery while you wait for rescue or better conditions on the side of the road.

Jumper Cables

You should be carrying jumper cables at all times, but especially in the winter when low temperatures put an additional strain on your battery, and can turn a weak battery into a dead one overnight. Waiting for a jump start in the cold is never fun, but you won't have to wait as long if you have jumper cables with you.

For any additional questions about what to keep in your car this winter, contact us at North Coast Auto Mall.

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