Winter-Driving

Say It Ain’t Snow: How to Be Prepared on the Winter Roads


On the first day of winter my new car gave to me,

One safe driver in a Chevy.

On the second day of winter my new car gave to me,

Two heated seats and one safe driver in a Chevy.

On the third day of winter my new car gave to me,

Three-point safety belts, two heated seats and one safe driver in a Chevy.

On the fourth day of winter my new car gave to me,

Four cameras for Surround Vision, three-point safety belts, two heated seats and one safe driver in a Chevy.

On the fifth day of winter my new car gave to me,

Five safe passengers, four cameras for Surround Vision, three-point safety belts, two heated seats and one safe driver in a Chevy.

As we all know, there are more than 12 days of winter in metro Detroit. But, rather than regale you with another seven days of cumulative song, we thought this would be a perfect time to help you stay prepared for anything when braving the winter roads.

Hand Warmers, Blankets & Extra Clothing

In the event that your car won’t start or your heating system doesn’t work, having blankets and extra clothing to keep you warm while you wait for emergency services to arrive is highly advisable. Winter in southeast Michigan can have brutally low temperatures and keeping your body temperature up is important for survival in harsh conditions.

Food & Snacks

If you find yourself stuck on the side of the road, you never know just how long you will be waiting for assistance. Having high-energy, non-perishable snacks, like assorted nuts or energy bars, will feel like the best gift you could give your future self. Having to combat a storm is tough enough. Doing it on an empty stomach? No thanks.

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A Bag of Sand or Road Salt

Most folks know that sand or road salt are good things to have if your car gets stuck in the snow and can’t produce enough traction to get moving. Despite it being common knowledge, how many people do you know that actually have a bag of it in their car? Pour a little bit of sand or salt near your tires so you can gain traction and away you go!

Car Charger for Your Phone

Personally, I like to keep my phone’s battery life above 50%. If my phone drops below that mark, I use my phone charger in my car. It’s possible in an emergency that your vehicle’s battery has died and you therefore won’t be able to charge your phone from the car’s battery. While this is more expensive than a simple charging cable, having a “spare battery” charger that can provide a charge to your phone, should your car’s battery not be working, is also a good idea.

Jumper Cables

Another obvious one that you’d still be surprised to learn isn’t in a lot of vehicles. If your car needs a good shock to bring it back to life, don’t rely on someone else having this crucial tool. You can get a set of cables for about $20 online. If you’d like to be extra prepared, there are kits that come with jump starting batteries, albeit at a more expensive price.

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