Top 10 Best Winter Car Accessories

Top 10 Best Winter Car Accessories

01 December 2023 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Winter accessories

Winter is a season appreciated for many reasons. Firstly, there are the beautiful white landscapes and numerous activities exclusive to this season, such as skiing or snowmobiling. However, winter also poses challenges for car owners. The cold weather can cause various problems, not to mention the salt and other abrasive materials applied to the roads. Additionally, driving must be adjusted according to the temperature, sometimes even requiring avoidance altogether.


Fortunately, there are numerous accessories specially designed to face the harsh conditions of the cold season or to enhance your experience as a car owner. That's why I've decided to compile a Top 10 list of the best winter car accessories. Some of these gadgets may never be used, but if the need arises, you'll be glad to have them in your possession. The best part is that you can acquire all these accessories for just a few hundred dollars, depending on the quality of some of these gadgets. Regardless, it's an investment you should never overlook.


10 — A good snow brush


Regardless of the price paid, the utility of a snow brush remains the same: removing snow from your vehicle. However, I can guarantee that your experience will be much more enjoyable if you stretch your budget and opt for a quality brush. I highly recommend avoiding brushes with bristles as they can scratch your vehicle's paint. There are foam brushes specially designed to limit damage to your paint surface. These are also more durable and significantly more effective at removing a large quantity of snow. Additionally, there are extendable models available.


9 — A Booster Pack and Booster Cables


Cold weather and batteries usually don't mix well. In summer, leaving a light on in your vehicle for a few days typically has no consequences. In winter, just one cold night can completely drain the battery. This is probably the most expensive gadget on this list, but also one of the most indispensable. As it's likely you might forget to recharge it one day, it's better to have a set of booster cables just in case. You can find sets that include the machine and cables for around $200. Moreover, there are compact and lightweight models available, ideal for vehicles with limited cargo space.


8 — Traction mats


Despite tires specifically designed for the winter season, it's still quite easy to get stuck in snow during winter. Of course, there might be one or two people willing to push, but what if I told you there's a gadget that could help you get out of there without needing anyone's assistance? Indeed, you can get traction mats, a gadget generally very effective.


7 — A shovel


Sometimes, even traction mats and several people might not be able to move a vehicle deeply stuck in snow, especially when there's a buildup of snow underneath the vehicle. Your best tool in this specific case is a shovel. Forget about large garden shovels, as there are small folding and compact shovels available. These work perfectly well and are specially designed to take up as little space as possible in your vehicle.


6 — Salt


No, I'm not asking you to carry Himalayan salt with you in case you fancy cooking a good meal on the side of the road while waiting for the tow truck. Salt has properties that make it particularly effective at quickly melting ice. A small container of salt could certainly help you out if one of your vehicle's wheels ends up in a puddle of water that froze overnight, for example.


5 — A headlamp


There's nothing more unpleasant than changing a tire after a puncture when it's dark and you can't see anything. Well, actually, there is something worse—doing it in the dead of winter. Time is our enemy when it's cold. That's why I recommend always having a headlamp in your vehicle.


4 — Tool kit


In case you didn't know, with a simple toolkit, you can probably disassemble a large part of your vehicle yourself. Well, I'm not saying you should do it, but a toolkit can certainly come in handy in many automotive situations and might even save you from having to call a tow truck.


3 — A blanket


I know it sounds trivial once again, but there should always be a blanket permanently in the car during the cold season. It's something that's too big to fit into an emergency kit, but it should still be part of it. Imagine having an accident on a seldom-traveled country road and your car heater isn't working. A simple blanket could then save your life.


2 — Customized floor mats


It's a bit like with the snow brush here. You can get generic models at a low price, but they won't be very effective and might instead damage your vehicle in the long run. It's not necessary to go directly through a dealership or the manufacturer of your vehicle to get good customized floor mats. There are several brands that make mats that are even more efficient and less expensive than the originals.


1 — Emergency kit


I believe that of all the items on this list, this is the most important. This kind of kit usually contains a first aid kit, signaling devices, and everything you might need in case of a breakdown or emergency situations. This kind of kit usually costs between $50 and $100. It can make the difference between an unfortunate situation and a tragedy.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier


Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier