As a Jeep owner, a truck owner, a large SUV owner, I have come up with a list of 4 things to keep in your cargo space for winter. Sometimes I think of this more as a to-do list, to keep myself ahead of any potential issues.
Vehicles need things to help them through the snowy and icy weather. Just because you have a Jeep, or a truck does not mean that it will always be the best in every situation. We back into places we should not. We drive differently on different road conditions and of course, this leads to issues.
Pittsburgh truly has some punishing weather depending on the winter month. It might be sunny by the morning and icing by the afternoon. Other days, it is just cold, bitter, winter, after all, we have 3 Rivers and plenty of chill from the water.
Here are 4 things to keep in your cargo space for Pittsburgh winters, so that you are prepared ahead of the storm. Pittsburgher’s plan ahead so here is a list to help you plan the same way!
4 Things to Keep in your Cargo Space for Pittsburgh Winters
Pittsburgh is a different beastie when it comes to the weather. Honestly, I never know what to expect. The days that you don’t see it coming, it hits, snow, sleet, rain, and ice. In fact, harsh winters can really bring in some unexpected situations.
Even if you are behind the wheel of a Ram, or a Jeep, or a 4WD SUV, there are still things you need in your car/truck to help you out.
Preparedness ahead of the storm takes the raw bite out of the whole ordeal. The last thing you would want is you going out and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere in the chilly winter.
From flat tires to car battery issues, there are a lot of things to consider before you get behind the wheel and driver. So if you’re one of those who usually doesn’t think a lot about having some backup in the car when you’re driving during the winter, here’s some help- and advice.
A Shovel Is Mightier
A shovel is undoubtedly the most important tools to have in your cargo space during the winters- just think about how useful it would prove to be when it comes to digging your car out from when you’re stuck in a snowstorm or on a road that’s snow covered.
A suggestion, is a portable shovel, because it’s small, convenient and can just sit there without taking up much space. When you are in a situation, just use it. Easy!
Your other option is to pick a good quality one- preferably full sized for the best efficiency, and if you are able to find one that has serrated teeth, even better!
A dead battery is one of the most common issues you would possibly face during winters, and that’s exactly why it makes sense to have jumper cables in your cargo space. Think, ‘just in case.’
When picking jumper cables, remember to choose the thick 4-gauge variety for better conductivity. Having these will help keep you safe in those possible problematic situations.
Now another option is having a car club membership, but they can get backed up with calls on those dastardly Pittsburgh snow and ice days. I mean, it’s not just you having issues, many have them.
Most good ideas are simple, and having a warm blanket in your cargo space is just that. While the risk of you being stranded can happen at anytime throughout the year, if that happens during winter, it can be the worst thing ever.
After all, having a blanket handy when you’re stuck in your car that won’t work, can be a lifesaver really. No gas, no heat, nothing. Of course, it won’t even take a lot of trunk space- another plus right there!
Wait what? Yes, you read that right. Cat litter can turn out to be incredibly useful for situations where your car tires are stuck in the snow. Stop the spinning, use cat litter.
Remember that even if you have new tires, this can still be the case, and that’s exactly where cat litter can help. All you need to do is sprinkle a bit of it on the surface under your tires and you should be good to go!
What’s best is the fact that it is super cheap too! For anyone driving on Pittsburgh back roads (and there are plenty of those famed shortcuts we take) this should definitely be in your cargo space.
Maybe A New Car?
So, if the rain, sleet, ice and snow are just really bugging you Pittsburgh, perhaps it’s time to look at a new car. After all, new brings you the best of everything. You can shop your local Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge dealer to see a selection of great cars that go in the snow.
Just remember, you still need to stock your cargo space with winter preparedness. You are in charge of you, and the time behind the wheel. Be safe.
What things Pittsburgh do you keep in your trunk for those cold, snowy days?
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