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Friday, November 16, 2012

5 Tips to Getting Your Car Ready For Winter – Plus Winter Emergency Kit Giveaway!



It's almost winter time and that means it is time to get ready for the snow and ice. Personally, I hate winter. Sure, it's beautiful when it snows but it is not pretty when I have to drive in it.  I like to take precautions with my little car. I make sure the tires are in good shape. I make sure to put supplies in my car in case something happens.


Thanks to the International Carwash Association (ICA) I have some great tips to get your car ready for the winter. ICA through its Wash With WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment.

Here are the tips:
1. Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash – It may seem counter intuitive to get your car nice and shiny for what’s often the sloppiest season, but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements.

· Professional car washes can also save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur with pavement washing. Check out Wash With Water Savers to see how professional car washes save water and help prevent pollution.

2. Check fluids – Check your coolant to make sure you have enough, as you’ll be left without heat if you don’t. Consult your owner’s manual to find the correct blend if you need to add more. It’s never a bad idea to keep extra coolant in your trunk in case of an emergency. Don’t forget about extra wiper fluid, either. It’s not expensive, so stock up!

3. Winter emergency kit – In addition to stocking your car with a scraper and brush, it’s a good idea to include a few provisions in case you get stranded in snowy and cold conditions. Pack extra blankets, hats and gloves, high-energy snacks like granola bars, drinking water and a first-aid kit. We have created an exclusive Winter Emergency Kit for you and one of your blog readers.

4. Test your battery – The next time you have the car in for an oil change, ask the mechanic to test your battery to make sure it can provide enough starting power once the temperature plummets.

5. Check your wipers – When sloppy weather hits, you’ll want to make sure you have strong wiper blades to see through the elements. Checking your wiper blades for wear and replacing them if needed can prevent huge visibility headaches once snow and sleet arrive.
These are great tips. I would definitely suggest that you make sure your tires have good tread on them so they can hug the road. Also, keep your tires at the correct tire pressure. The other tip I would offer is to make sure that you always have more than a half tank of gas in the car just in case of any emergency.

I am hoping that it doesn't snow too much this winter because I really dislike driving in the snow. I am a California girl and it's still pretty scary to me! But these tips and my new emergency kit are sure to keep me safer this winter!

Thanks to the folks at ICA, I have a wonderful Emergency Car Kit for one lucky reader!  This is a great kit to pop into your car during the winter or summer. It is surely going to be a lifesaver if something happens. Here is what is included in the kit:


* 32 oz. WaterSavers branded water bottle
* Carabiner key chain
* Medium flashlight
* 2 heavy duty AA batteries
* 19-piece first aid kit
* Survival tool
* Pocket knife
* Emergency poncho
* Emergency blanket
* 2 tea light candles
* Safety matches
* Survival instruction card
* Mesh sack

This is the perfect giveaway for the upcoming winter! If you would like to win just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

141 comments:

  1. I always make sure that I have some water. I also make sure that I either have a fully charged cell phone or the car charger with me.

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  2. I live where we get lost of snow...so I prepare myself with a blanket and a shovel in the car. Some snacks too. Patricia

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  3. Stay in! No,only kidding. Clean snow off roof of car and hood- not just a spot to see through.

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  4. Keep a blanket, extra hat, gloves, instant hand warmers, water, a snack in the car during the winter months.

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  5. don't run a generator inside your house or garage

    don't run your car to keep warm without leaving the window a crack

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  6. forgot to leave my email in comment

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  7. Make sure your vehicle has regular maintenance

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  8. Winters are not harsh here but we always make sure the car is maintained regularly and on schedule.

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  9. make sure your cell is charged before you go out in the winter


    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  10. Carry extra gloves, hat, scarf with you in your car

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  11. It's deer hunting season where we are, so it's important to wear bright clothes when outside. We live in a rural area.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  12. Keep a cell phone charged and on you at all times in case of emergency.

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  13. File a "flight plan" with someone before you go on your winter trips!!!

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  14. leave a blanket in your car and a candle for emergenices

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  15. Make sure there is enough gas in your car.

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  16. Don't forget to have plenty of gas in the car.
    gardencourt.jenks@gmail.com

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  17. Keep your tires properly inflated!

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  18. Carry catlitter in your car in case you get stuck.

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  19. keep a blanket and water in your car

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  20. Please drive to the road conditions, too many people think it's okay to act like every day on the road is a sunny day and road deaths are so sad and unnecessary.

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  21. Carry a fully charged cell phone, a flashlight with extra batteries, warm clothes, food and water with you - just in case!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  22. Last February, my husband and I broke down in our car coming home from a 3 day trip. We had no blankets in the car and we were FREEZING. My tip... Bring blankets to leave in your trunk.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  23. Always clean snow off the roof of your car before driving

    mmc123456

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  24. I read a tip recently to leave scissors in the car! Might not be totally winter related but def smart and you never know when that would come in handy!

    trisha

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  25. I keep a survival kit in the car I got the list of contents from the Red cross website.

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  26. keep a blanket and water in your car.

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  27. don't forget road flares for safety

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  28. I keep a first aid kit, bottled water, blanket and snacks in the car.

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  29. Always keep a blanket and water in your car in case of emergencies

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  30. I make sure I have a couple of blankets, a flashlight, water, and make sure my cell phone is charged before I get on the road. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

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  31. Don't forget to keep a small shovel in your car! And a blanket :-) Thanks for the tips and I love the survival kit! kerrimwest(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Remember to check the air in your tires! s2inamug at aim dot com

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  33. keep extra blankets
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  34. Make sure to have a lot of drinking water in your emergency kit.

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  35. Keep emergency flash light in your car.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. I keep my car in good shape.
    helenkeeler1949@gmail.com

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  37. Make sure you have a stockpile of foods so you are set if you get snowed in!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  38. Definately make sure your wiper fluid it full. Also keep a blanket and some water in your vehicle.

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  39. make sure your cell is charged before you

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  40. Always keep extra clothing and blankets in the car.

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  41. Winter has hit us unexpectedly. I am not ready. THank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Perfect for my car.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  43. I always keep a first aid kit in my trunk. You just never know what can happen. That's twice as important in the Winter when the weather can be just another obstacle to safety.

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  44. check tires, belts, and fluids in car.

    Keep blankets, water, snacks, etc. in vehicle.

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  45. My tip is to keep a first aid kit and blanket in the car.

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  46. Make sure you carry a blanket, bottled water, plus a few protein bars in the care and make sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading out.

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  47. Clean snow off the roof of your car to keep you and others safe.

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  48. make sure you clean all snow off the top of your car; it can freeze and fall off potentially causing harm to others behind you; also carry a shovel and kitty litter in your car to help you gain traction should you get stuck in snow

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  49. My tip is to not let your gas tank get below half in case of an emergency, and keep a blanket and spare gloves/scarves in your car if possible.

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  50. Always bring a shovel.

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  51. stay home
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  52. Stay Safe Tips? Not a good one for me since I live near the Gulf Coast! Not too cold here!!! I guess stay bundled and keep water and snacks in the car in case you get stuck somewhere!

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  53. My tip would be to stay on top of your car's maintenance routines.

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  54. Keep an extra blanket in the vehicle and make sure your vehicle is in top working condition. :)

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  55. We always have a change of clothes in the car and two blankets.
    theladyswimmer at yahoo.com

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  56. check car fluids often!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  57. Always have a big thick blanket and extra food!


    annabee818

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  58. keep a blanket and flashlight in your car

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  59. Don't be in such a hurry. Stay within speed limits.

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  60. I keep a supply of bottle water and my cell phone charged fully with me in the car at all times in case of a emergency. Thanks!

    romapup at gmail dot com

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  61. Keep a blanket and some water in the car in case you get stuck in the weather

    sweepymummy at yahoo dot com

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  62. Keep a cell phone charger in your car so you can call for help.

    diane dot wortman at gmail dot com

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  63. Leave 6 car-lengths in front of you during heavy snow.

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  64. Check road reports -- and always carry a blanket in the trunk

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  65. Keep baby food in the car and snow chains
    Sarah at realtorsd.com

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  66. also carry an emergency bag in your car because you never know what might happen or where you'll be stranded!

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  67. Keep a round candle and matches in a metal can in your car. Then if you are stuck or break down where it is cold you can light the candle (open the window a tiny bit) and it will keep you warm until you get help.

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  68. Carry a gallon of chlorine bleach in your car. If you get stuck on the ice pour the bleach by on your tires and you will get traction to get unstuck.

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  69. Keep your cell phone well charged and a heavy blanket in the car.

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  70. Keep a small bag of salt in the trunk for help in providing traction when needed.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. keep your cell charged and emergency warm clothes/blankets if traveling, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  72. Use windshield cleaner fluid that doesn't freeze. It can clean your windshield even if it's freezing out, and can help defrost your windows, too!

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  73. Agreat safety tip I can think of is to read your car manual on how to drive it in ice and snow. It all depends on what braking assists the car has, what type of drive system it has. The driving method that makes one car safe, can be unsafe with the other car.

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  74. Have good tires on your vehicle.
    Also have some food in your vehicle for even short trip encase you get stuck in the snow.

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  75. always get hat and gloves in car along with water and snacks//Dorothy Deakyne mtpapa47(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. always have extra clothes and blankets in car- will be putting snacks and water in tote

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  77. One of the main safety tips is to SLOW DOWN! Many accidents are caused by driving too fast for the conditions.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  78. always carry a blanket, pillow, and water bottle, crackers ior other snacks in your vehicle

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  79. My tip is to have blankets, food and water in the car and always make sure your cell phone is fully charged

    kannw27 at gmail dot com

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  80. Be sure to get snow tires. (Corey Olomon)

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  81. keep food and basic supplies in the car

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  82. make sure your cell phone is charged up when traveling.
    shawnnclymer@hotmail.com

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  83. keep your phone charged and keep an extra charged battery in your car or purse.

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  84. Keep a flashlight handy incase something happens at night

    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  85. Always have your cell phone charged and handy.

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  86. keep a few bottles of water in your trunk

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  87. My tip is to spend as much of Winter as possible indoors. It is my least favorite season.

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  88. i keep kitty litter and ice melt in my car
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    rc name rochelle johnson

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  89. Put an extra hat and pair of gloves into your glove box. Never know when you may need them!

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  90. get car serviced to make sure your car is in tip top condition.

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  91. i always keep a blanket in my trunk

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  92. My tip - stay home on icy, snowy days if you can.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sandralclark at outlook.com

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  93. If you can afford one, buy a generator and extra gas to run it

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  94. Don't travel in bad weather if you don't need to!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. i have my son service my car so that its ready

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  96. Make sure you flush your radiator!

    hd6719@gmail.com

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  97. Always keep rock salt and/or kitty litter in the car for traction!

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  98. keepa snow shovel in your trunk!
    Miz Vickik

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  99. My tip would be to stay home as much as possible. That's what I do!

    Howard Reviews

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  100. avoid leaving the house in bad weather unless of an emergency and make sure you have 3 days supply of back up water and food per person in your family

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  101. Keep an extra set of clothes in your car and a shovel in case you need to remove snow around the car.

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  102. Always carry something in your purse to thaw the lock on your car in case it freezes over during a prolonged stay anywhere. Don't be lazy - clean the snow off the roof of your car. I've seen it fall onto the windshields of people as they drive, obstructing their view. Carry a car phone charger in case you're stranded and need to charge your phone in an emergency, which being stranded qualifies as.

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  103. Wear adequate clothes and keep a blanket in the car.

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  104. keep kitty litter in your car if you get stuck in snow it will give you traction under your tires to help you get out.

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  105. I keep a collapsible shovel in my trunk that I have had to use to did myself out.



    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  106. Keep blankets and snacks in the car in case you are stuck somewhere.

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  107. Always keep a bottle of water, blanket, and LED flash light in the car at all times.

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  108. always carry extra food and water in the car
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  109. Always keep a working flashlight in your car.

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  110. Keeping your tire pressure up to the required setting.

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  111. Make sure you've got a blanket in the trunk of your car in case you get stranded in a snowstorm; you need to keep warm! :o

    Keeping bottled water in the backseat, along with some snacks, is a good idea too. (If you or someone in your family is diabetic this is extra important)

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  112. I carry an extra set of car keys in my purse because I have locked my keys in the car many times..lol

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  113. to stay safe this winter, be prepared and be careful

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  114. Always keep a blanket or two in your cars.

    heatherstamper09@aol.com

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  115. Stay on top of your car's maintenance.

    Tim Moss, yupbucket@hotmail.com

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  116. Slow down and drive defensively.

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  117. Drive safe and keep a emergency kit on the car

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  118. flashlight and batteries in car

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  119. My best advice is to keep some spare salt in the car, always salt your driveway and sidewalks! Also to make sure you have at least two things to clean your car off with..once one of mine broke and it sucked! Also spares of everything is important especially tires. Its even worse being stranded in the cold so bring a blanket in the back seat!
    fB: Rab Pom

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  120. I keep extra blankets and a shovel in my car. I also keep a small bag of snack food and drinks by the house door, and we grab it before we leave the house. You never know when you will get stranded somewhere.

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  121. Make sure that you have the proper fluids for the weather and winter tires. Also, stay off icy roads if you can !

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  122. always bring a blanket and have water in the car. Thanks!

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  123. Always keep something warm in your car

    ruben_ramos_sanchez@yahoo.com

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  124. My tip would be make sure you have snow tires. momsangel19881988@gmail.com

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  125. I keep water softener salt in the trunk of my car....there have been plenty of times my car was stuck in the ice and the salt melts it just enough for my tires to get some traction

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  126. Make sure you have your car serviced & snow tires put on if necessary. Keep & kit in your trunk car with bottled water, granola bars, blanket a flashlight.

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  127. Have a blanket and a kit in your car

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  128. Always keep your car full of gas in case you get stuck you can still stay warm

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  129. I always try to make sure that I am being very careful of my surroundings in the winter with driving.

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  130. Keep kitty litter in the car.

    PDWinner523 at gmail dot com

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  131. Thanks for the giveaway...Make sure your car battery is in good condition at winter's start.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Bryan E.

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