Now that all of your Thanksgiving day festivities are behind you, and your body slowly recuperates from the vast onslaught of delicious foods you no doubtingly stuffed your face with, It’s time to get ready for the cold that’s creeping it’s way into your life, day by day, as our beloved planet scoots a little further from the sun. Winter is coming and with it, inclement freezing weather that more than anything else affects the roads you travel on your daily commutes. I’ve compiled, from personal experience and general inquiry of product reviews, a short list of five top rated products that will make your winter commuting safer and a whole lot easier to deal with.
You need to see to drive, and nothing obscures your view more than a mixture of snow, slush, and ice all over your windshield because of sub par blades not able to remove perform properly in winter conditions. To combat these you’re going to need a tough set of good quality winter ready wiper blades, made to be ice resistant as they lack the pivots and springs average wipers have that cause them to succumb to ice very easily and lock up. Rain-X Latitude and Bosch Icon are two of the highest rated winter ready all season blades I could find. I personally use Bosch Icons all year round and love them, no matter what weather I’m driving through they do the trick with no problem.
Windshield Washer Fluids
Quality winter ready windshield wiper blades are an extremely effective way to keep ice off your windshield but winter is cunning and ice is tough to remove, especially while driving. You need a quality winter de-iceing washer fluid to cut through that ice and snow and give you back your visibility. Rain-X 2-in-1 Washer Fluid is definitely my top pick in this category, it has very high ratings everywhere you look online and for a reason. It is formulated to withstand temperatures as low as -25°F, it breaks down grime and bug guts, melts ice, beads water away, and provides a streak-free wipe for optimal vision clarity.
Winter Traction Aids
If you don’t already have winter tires or all-season tires on your vehicle, or you do, but still need to improve your traction there are a couple ways to go about it. Tire chains or studs, whether metal or rubber, have been used for a very long time and work quite well, though if you have limited tire well space they can be a nuisance to put on, also they are tough on hard surfaces like concrete and can make a lot of noise though the rubber variations tend to be a bit quieter. Another method, somewhat new to the world of traction aids are fabric tire socks, which are a kind of tire “shower cap” that covers your tires tread with a gripping woven fabric to provide improved traction on snow and ice.
Winter Emergency Kit
You can never be too careful, so you should consider that in light of the fact that things can go wrong it’s probably a good idea to always be prepared, and an easy way to accomplish this is either to put together your own emergency kit or buy a prepared one. Tough winter emergency kits contents vary they will usually contain things like a blanket, flashlight, hand warmers, water, protein snacks, whistle, flares, first aid, and so on. An emergency kit is, I would say, a smart decision and you should also keep in your vehicle a snow shovel or anything else you can think of that would helpful in an emergency. If you decide to buy a prepared kit you can find them at your local automotive store or department stores like Walmart or Target.
Rubber or Vinyl Floor Mats
Trudging around in any kind of inclement weather can be pretty harsh on your vehicles interior and fabric floor mats just don’t cut it when is comes to the mud and muck of a wet or snowy day. A thick easy to clean rubber or vinyl floor mat will save you a lot of scrubbing and maintain your vehicles interior and in turn value for a much longer time than fabric floor mats which just absorb the filth you track into you vehicle daily, making it harder to clean and ultimately depositing the dirt onto your floor anyway.