Essentials for Safe Winter Travel

It's beautiful to walk in a winter wonderland. Driving in one is a totally different story. When seasonal storms hit, are you prepared to take on snowdrifts, dead batteries, and flat tires? By keeping just a few essential travel items close by, you can face winter weather with confidence and safety.

Jump Start

It may seem like a no-brainer. But we find ourselves surprised by the number of drivers who are jumper cable-less every year. It's a fact: colder temperatures affect battery performance for the worse. So if there's ever a time to add some jumper cables to your kit of must-haves, it's now.

 

Stay Covered  

If your heat isn't working, keeping warm and dry becomes top priority. Before you do anything else today, put a few bulky blankets in the trunk. Most experts recommend tossing in a few hand and feet warmers, too.

 

Beacons of Hope

Limited road visibility is one of the biggest dangers for stranded motorists. Make sure other drivers can see you by lighting eye-catching battery powered LED lights or flares. The LED lights can run for hours; flares provide visibility and also help melt snow.

 

Charge It

Pair a set of batteries with a fully-loaded flashlight and radio. The flashlight will help navigate any fixes - flat tires, dead batteries, etc. The radio will keep you posted on the latest weather developments and road conditions.

 

Get the Scoop

Snow and ice can accumulate quickly, and your bare hands simply won't do the trick when you need to dig. If a mini-shovel won't fit in your trunk, try a garden spade or plastic scoop.

 

Phone Home

When travel setbacks hit, your phone is your lifeline. But we've all been blindsided by phone that unexpectedly runs out of juice. By always having an extra on hand, you ensure that you can stay connected.  

 

 Liquid Gold

Ah, the elixir of the winter driving gods! Not only does windshield de-icer optimize your windshield visibility but it could become a valuable asset for liberating tires from snowy, icy jams. Keep your car's tank topped off, and drive with an extra gallon in your trunk for good measure.

 

Fill 'er Up

It may be old-fashioned advice, but keeping a gas tank half full will keep you feeling optimistic. If you're in a ditch or on the side of the road, a running engine is a must for essential heat. Plus it can help ease general wear-and-tear on your car's fuel lines.

 

Overall, there's no such thing as being "too" prepared for safe travel on winter roads. Do you have any tips or tools for our list of winter travel essentials?  If you still need your car winterized, just stop by our service center!  Safe travels!

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