Combating the Chill of Winter Driving

When prepping your vehicle for the cold months of winter, it may be easy to overlook one of the most important facets; staying warm. Even the newest, fanciest car will take a while to heat up, so keeping a few warm accessories near will make your overall experience even better; especially on those chilly, early morning commutes.


Blankets –  Layering with a blanket is a great idea, so that when your vehicle finally heats up, you can take it off and not worry about suffering from heat stroke when it is ten degrees outside. Keeping a blanket in your car is always a good idea. If you ever broke down in the dead of winter, and find that your car will not start, than a blanket could literally save your life. Even if your circumstances are a little less extreme, and it is more a matter of heating up your legs before they freeze to your seat,  blanket will surely make your daily commute a little more inviting.

A Hot Drink – Never overestimate the importance of a good, hot beverage. Whether it be tea, hot chocolate, a coffee or the most convoluted cappuccino on the menu, a hot beverage will instantly take the chill out of your bones and keep your fingers a little bit warmer.

Functional Gloves – On the subject of keeping our hands warm, multiple pairs of gloves kept in your car, in your office, in your pocket and in your house will mean that you will never be subjected to the possibility of black fingers and frostbite. For driving, a pair of gloves that have a good grip on the palms will aid in keeping traction with the steering wheel. Fingerless gloves are also super functional, especially if you need access to your fingers (maybe to grab your credit card while pulling through the drive-thru) without giving up the lovely warmth. Also optional are gloves that utilize touch-screen capable fingertips, perfect for maintaining use of you devices (though not while driving of course).

Never overlook the importance of keeping warm items near you during your drive. Not only can they aid you while you wait for your heating system to heat up, but they could easily save your life if anything should go wrong with your car. With some blankets, a hot drink and functional gloves, you will be cruising in style. Well, maybe not in style, but who cares about that when it’s freezing outside?

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“Frank” is a retired service manage for a number of Virginia car dealerships who has recently found a new passion in writing for a number of automotive blogs and journals online and offline. He is also preparing to start his own automotive podcast “Revving It Up” which he hopes to start sharing with his followers in the coming months.

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