Top Automotive Accessories for Winter Road Trips
The Best Car Accessories to Stay Safe on the Road This Winter
Although the holidays have come and gone, many people will still take to the road to visit family or to just get away. Especially in today’s times, many people are opting to drive to their destinations as opposed to flying, simply for safety’s sake.
Before embarking on any road trip, some careful thought and planning can keep your family safe on the journey. Drivers that live in southern and warmer weather states rarely give a lot of thought to winter driving hazards, but if your road trip is going to take you through more northern states that are prone to the winter threats of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance for a safe adventure.
Common Winter Car Accessories
There are some common-sense items that every car should be equipped with when trekking across icy terrain. We all know how unsafe it is to drive your car with your windshield covered with snow or ice, and a simple ice scraper/snow brush combination is an inexpensive remedy for this problem.
If you are one of those people who hate to scrape ice off of your windshield (we can’t blame you there!), a windshield cover may be right up your alley. They even come in different colors to dress up your vehicle. Or, for the ultimate in convenience, consider installing an aftermarket remote starter so you can warm your car up before you even get in - no scraping required!
Battery booster cables are another item that we southern drivers rarely think to carry, but if you’re going to be driving to or through a cold-weather state, having booster cables handy can save you time and aggravation if the cold weather proves too much for your battery.
Another nice thing to have are snow chains for tire traction, which can be a lifesaver for preventing your vehicle from getting stuck. And how about this for a fun tip? Cat litter can help you get more traction if you find yourself stuck in a slick spot, so be sure to carry a container of it in your trunk. Other accessories to have on-hand include de-icing spray for your windows and windshield, traffic triangles in the event of a stall-out, and a first aid kit.
Advanced Aftermarket Auto Accessories
Beyond the basics, there’s a wide variety of auto accessories t