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Winter driving tips

People, it’s that time of the year again when there the roads will be packed with ice and snow – winter. It would really be weird if you haven’t winterized your Honda Accord or your Chevrolet Malibu by now – but in case you haven’t really done so yet, you can start by clicking over to Auto Parts Corner and getting new headlights for those burned out headlights of yours or those worn tires, or maybe still, those malfunctioning tail lights.

Now after you’ve winterized your Acura, your Volkswagen, or your Mercedes-Benz – make sure you’ll be prepared for the worst winter case scenario (like getting stuck or getting stranded in the snow, for example). Make sure you have a winter driving kit in your car ready. Your kit should include:

  • Properly fitting tire chains
  • Bag of sand or salt (or kitty litter)
  • Traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Snow brush
  • Ice scraper
  • Booster cables
  • Warning devices such as flares or emergency lights
  • Fuel line de-icer (methanol, also called methyl alcohol or methyl hydrate)
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid appropriate for sub-freezing temperatures
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Flashlight and a portable flashing light (and extra batteries)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing, including hat and wind-proof pants, and warm footwear
  • First aid kit
  • Snack bars or other “emergency” food and water
  • Matches and emergency candles – only use with a window opened to prevent build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Road maps.
  • “Call Police” or other help signs or brightly colored banners.

Now, all you need to do is to drive extra cautiously and to be wary of other motorists on the road.

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