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As I'm writing this on November 12th, we got our first taste of winter weather for the 2019-2020 season with an afternoon snow squall.

Thankfully, it didn't last long and it didn't stick, but we all know that next time it could.

That being said, now is the perfect time to make sure that you have these 5 things in your car right now.

A good snow brush

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I can't stress this enough - throw out all of the cheap ice scrapers and snow brushes that you've ever bought.

Yes, you'll spend a bit more on this telescoping brush that extends up to more than 3 feet, but it will likely be the last snow and ice removal tool that you'll ever buy.

 

 

An emergency shovel

 

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So, that snow brush above is great for a bunch of things; ice scraping, getting all of the snow off of your car, and clearing your windshield.

Know what it's not great for, though?

Digging your car out when you get unexpectedly stuck.

We've all been there at one time or another, I even had to resort to trying to use a frisbee that was in my trunk to try to dig out one time last winter.

Know what I'm about to buy? That shovel!

Low temperature windshield washer fluid

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Here's another awful situation that most of us have encountered - having your car constantly getting sprayed with the winter highway's worst mix of water, sand, and salt and then running out of washer fluid.

I've been there, it's not fun.

That's why you should always have extra washer fluid in your car. And get the low-temperature stuff. Frozen washer fluid is about as useful as no washer fluid.

Kitty litter

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Kitty litter?

Yes, kitty litter.

Just as bad as getting stuck in a snow bank is getting stranded in an icy patch of road.

There are few things more frustrating than that helpless feeling when your tires are just spinning and spinning while you go all of nowhere.

Keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in the trunk, ready to deploy when you encounter those traction tragedies.

A warm blanket

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No, this hasn't turned into a fashion advice column, this is something that could literally save your life.

Getting stranded in a sudden snowy wasteland having to wait for help to arrive is scary enough.

Running out of gas, and as a result, heat could be deadly.

A warm blanket in the trunk could genuinely be a life saver.

 

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