Top 10 Car Accessories for Snow Season

 

Most people don’t realize just how cold it is until they have to venture outdoors. Since you can’t get around much on foot in the winter months, it’s important to have a reliable and well-stocked vehicle. This way, you’re prepared for whatever the winter weather has in store for you.


Here are ten must-have accessories that everyone should have for snow season.


#1. Snowbrush and Ice Scraper


You’d be silly to drive anywhere without a snowbrush and ice scraper, yet many people find themselves without one. Choose a quality product that features the snowbrush on one end and an ice scraper on the other. The handle should be rubber, and the handle long enough to reach all windows.


#2. Seat Heaters


If you’re not lucky enough to have seated heats in your car, seat heaters installed beneath your seat covers will save the day. The only downside is that self-installation can be tricky because the seat heaters can have compatibility issues with the car’s electrical system. As an alternative, try heaters that fold over the seats.


#3. Remote Starter System


Remote starter systems sync with your vehicle’s ignition system to start your car without having to actually go outside and put the key in the ignition. By the time you’re ready to leave, your car will be warm and toasty. Basic systems start around $80.


#4. All-Season Tires


Only all-season or winter tires are rugged enough to hold up to wet, snowy conditions, so make sure you have a good set of tires on your vehicle. You can purchase winter tires if you live in an area with a lot of snowfall. All-season tires are a great choice for year-round durability.


#5. Heated Wiper Blades


Yes, there are wiper blades that are designed specifically for the winter. They start at about $120 a set and won’t get clogged with ice or snow when driving.


#6. Durable Floor Mats


You’ll track in snow and ice in the winter months, so protect your car’s interior with rugged, all-season floor mats. They run from $20 to $40 per mat, and some even come with hooks to securely position them.


#7. Engine Block Heater


If you live in an area that has very cold winters, it may not be enough to just start the car. An engine-block heater provides an extra boost by warming the coolant or oil. There are multiple block heaters available, but it’s best to have one installed by a technician to avoid leaks or cooling system issues.


#8. Emergency Kit


Give your emergency kit a once-over and make sure that it’s properly stocked and up to date. There are specific kits made for the winter months that include items like a snowbrush, ice scraper, gloves and traction aid.


#9. Windshield Snow Cover


For as low as $10, you can purchase a snow cover for your windshield that protects it from snow and ice. Rather than spending time outside in the mornings scraping off ice and snow, you can simply remove the magnetic cover and be ready to drive!


#10. Mirror Mittens


If you cover your windshield, why not cover your side mirrors too? Mirror mittens fit right over the side mirrors to keep them free of ice and snow. Just remove them when you’re ready to drive rather than waiting for the windows to defrost.
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