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How to Winterize Your Car for a Winter Road Trip


BY Emelie S.

Winter road trips can be an exciting adventure for you and your entire family, but if you haven’t taken a little time to prepare your ride, you could be in for more excitement than you hoped for. Whether your route takes you through snowy mountains or areas where you need more than just a light jacket, you can quickly conquer any road with these simple upgrades.

Snow Chains

It’s a good idea to invest in a durable set of snow chains that can handle any winter roads. Tire chains provide the greater traction needed for safe handling and they’re designed to deliver sure footing through snow and ice. Choose from our extensive selection to wrap your wheels in the burliest protection possible before heading out on any winter road trip. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should accelerate and decelerate slowly to achieve the best traction on icy roads while avoiding skids. Remember that everything—stopping, turning and accelerating—takes longer on snow-covered roads.

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A weak battery and freezing temps are a risky combo. Make sure you load-test your battery before you embark on your trip, especially if you’re driving an older model. It’s a good idea to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic for a tune-up before any journey. If you need to replace your battery, you can easily find the right one for your year, make and model by shopping our extensive assortment. It doesn’t hurt to have a battery charger or portable jump starter on hand as well, in case all you hear are crickets the next time you turn your car key.

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Grille covers

Grille Covers protect your engine from freezing temperatures and prevent any damage from reaching your ride’s internal components, which can lead to an increase in your fuel mileage. You can easily transform this handy accessory when winter temperatures are over and use its optional bug screen for summer driving.

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Windshield Covers

When it’s snowy and cold in the morning, the last thing you want to do is spend time chipping the ice away from your windshield. Keep the snow away from your windshield and windows by shopping our array of windshield covers and snow shades. They fit most cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, so finding the right one for your ride is easy.

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Wiper Blades

Even the slightest blizzard or rainfall can decrease road visibility if you’re using worn-out windshield wipers, and when you’re driving down the highway in snowy weather you shouldn’t be wondering how effective your wiper blades are. You can improve your windshield washer system overnight by investing in a windshield washer heater. Windshield heaters heat your wiper fluid for the powerful cleaning you’ve been missing.

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Car Covers

When the weather outside is frightful, custom-fit car covers are sure delightful. You can choose from trusted brands like Coverking or Covercraft and find a durable outdoor car cover that withstands rain, snow, sun and ice. Keeping your ride safe and warm from any winter storm won’t be a hard feat with one of our car covers.

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Roof Racks and Cargo Carriers

Whether you need more space for those extra suitcases or want to take your skis and snowboards for a weekend up on the mountains, you can find plenty of roof rack systems and cargo carriers within our collection. These storage alternatives take your vehicle’s cargo-carrying capacity to new heights – literally. They aren’t only durably built and carefully crafted with premium materials, but they also give you a roomier interior – a much needed amenity during long commutes. Within our array, you can also find cargo boxes or baskets to haul your gear safely and securely through snowy weather.

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Headlights and Fog Lights

While it’s important to have bright headlights for better visibility at longer distances, having great fog lights is equally important. Fog lights work with your low-beams to improve your visibility when it’s raining, snowing or sleeting. They emit a wide, low pattern of light that’s designed to shine below the mist and haze, ensuring that other drivers see you on the road.

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Floor Mats and Liners

Whether you’re taking the kids out to build their first snowman or are preparing to tear up the slopes, floor mats and liners keep your floorboards safe from unwanted messes. Within our selection of weather-proof mats and liners you can find custom-fit protection from snow and slush.

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seat covers

Snow sports and outdoor activities can make for thrilling adventures, but don’t let all of that melted slush and muck wreak havoc on your upholstery once the winter fun is over. Our wide variety of seat covers is made to suit your wintry needs – choose from versatile sheepskin, durable canvaswetsuit-like neoprene and many more durable materials.

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Whether you’re a regular winter traveler or you’re gearing up to drive the icy roads for the first time, these winter essentials will set you up to tackle the snow-laden streets with ease. By winterizing your ride, you make the whole experience safer and more enjoyable for you and your passengers. Didn’t find what you were looking for on this list? You’ll surely find it by navigating through our many other accessories.