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When cold temperatures and snowstorms are in the forecast, you may want to add a few additional accessories to your vehicle to make your driving experience a little easier.
These winter weather accessories could save time and energy when you’re dealing with snow, ice and plunging temperatures:
Tray-Style Floor Liners
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Easy-to-clean floor liners can protect your vehicle’s footwells from dirt, grime and moisture that comes with winter driving. Snow, rain, slush and salt or other deicing chemicals can easily track in and out of your car during the colder months, so this type of floor mat can help keep the original carpeting in good condition by keeping it as clean and dry as possible.
Mud Flaps/Mud Guards/Splash Guards
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Mud flaps can offer protection from the elements, no matter what type or size of vehicle you own. They help deflect snow, ice, salt, rocks or other debris away from your vehicle’s undercarriage and side panels. Also called mud or splash guards, they can help to prevent moisture from seeping into vehicle components, which could cause corrosion or rust.
Mud flaps also help to keep your vehicle clean and protect other drivers and pedestrians.
Remote Vehicle Starting System
It’s a popular accessory any time of the year, but especially when frigid temperatures cause your car’s cabin to chill out. This feature allows you to start your vehicle remotely and wait for it to warm up before you set out to drive. Remote start does turn itself off after several minutes unless you physically go to the vehicle and start it up. You can buy a remote start kit and install it yourself or have a professional do it. However, be sure you know the kit you choose is compatible with your vehicle’s make and model.
Roadside Emergency Kit
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If you become stranded in winter weather, a roadside emergency kit will be extremely helpful to you and your passengers. Keep it in the backseat of your car, in case the trunk becomes frozen shut. Include a blanket, flashlight, first aid supplies, jumper cables, ice/snow scrapers and sand or kitty litter for traction. Also, it’s a good idea to store bottled water and non-perishable food in your vehicle as well, in case of emergency.
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Store large winter activity items, like skis, snowboards or tents, on top of your vehicle with a sturdy roof rack. Add a box for extra storage. This will give you and your passengers plenty of room inside the cabin when you embark on a winter adventure. Just remember, you may have to remove snow from the racks, so be sure to have a broom or brush available.
A windshield cover can be used in all seasons, but during cold weather, it can make an early morning start a lot easier. These types of covers will protect the windshield, vents and mirrors from snow and ice buildup. Often, you can get custom-fitted covers that are quick to install and remove, so when you’re ready to drive off, you can skip scraping the windshield and see clearly from the front seat right away.
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