No matter Mr. Groundhog says this Sunday, we're still due for several more weeks of winter. That means conditions like ice, snow, and freezing rain could still be in the forecast. A cold front can sweep through unexpectedly, delaying school openings and adding a layer of ice to your morning commute without warning. If you don’t own an ice scraper, the time it takes to remove the ice from your windshield can make you late faster than you can say, “Oops”. No matter what time of year it is, it is always better safe than sorry. Advanced preparation is critical for staying safe should you get into an accident, break down, or encounter serious icy conditions.

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Here are 5 things to keep in your car this winter:

  1. An ice scraper and snow brush. This is one of the most important items to have in your car when icy temperatures are in the forecast. Snow and ice are dangerous because they can obstruct your view, so make sure you always clear your entire car of any ice before driving.
  2. Jumper cables. Cold weather can affect a car’s battery, and if you can’t start your car, you won’t be able to use your car’s heater to keep warm.
  3. A first aid kit. A well-stocked first-aid kit is important to have in your car, no matter what time of year it is. It’s particularly important during the winter because hazardous weather conditions can delay response time for emergency vehicles.
  4. Gloves. Wearing gloves while you use the ice scraper will make for a much more pleasant experience. You’ll more likely to do a better job clearing your windshield if you don’t have ice shavings and cold winds biting your fingers.  
  5. A blanket. If your engine stalls or you’re involved in a crash, it will get cold fast. Since you can’t always count on your car’s heater, make sure you have a warm blanket in the car.


In addition to storing these items in your vehicle to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter, make sure your car’s fluids are properly topped off and your tires have plenty of tread. If you have any questions about how to take good care of your car this winter, our Service Team is always happy to answer your questions!

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