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Snow Removal Tools Every Car Owner Needs

The best products for chipping, scraping and digging your way out of the snow and ice before your morning commute.


A general lack of traction and the ravishes of snow and salt on your car’s undercarriage can make driving in winter unpleasant. But walking out to your car first thing in the morning only to find it buried under a layer of snow and ice is one of winter driving’s most underrated annoyances. Though you already know all the tricks for getting your car out of a snow-and-ice-caked hell, the job itself takes serious elbow grease (read: digging, chipping and scraping) to get free. To make life easier when it comes to that harrowing winter-morning task, keep a set of tools handy in your car. You don’t need everything on this list, but having just a few will make breaking free from the tyranny of snow and ice just that little bit more bearable.

Halite RS25 Premium Ice Melting Rock Salt

Rock salt is the most widely used go-to for getting unstuck. It will melt ice and snow relatively quickly, while its gritty texture provides momentary traction.

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Maxtrax MKII

The Maxtrax is a common tool used among overlanders because its the most reliable way to provide temporary traction in case you get stuck. The principle works just as well in snow as it does in mud, dirt and sand and in a pinch the Maxtrax can also be used as a shovel. If rock salt isn’t cutting it, this will do nicely.

Buy Now: $325

AAA 4004 Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

A sturdy, full-length aluminum shovel for easily digging your way out of trouble that only weighs 1.3 pounds and can be disassembled to fit in small trunk spaces.

Buy Now: $20

Carhartt Cold Snap Gloves

Made with Carhartt’s breathable and waterproof “Storm Defender” textile these insulated gloves will keep your fingers from feeling like they’re falling off, while letting sweat escape through a breathable membrane so you won’t feel too uncomfortable during rigorous digging. Still not warm enough? Pack a few hand warmers, just in case.

Buy Now: $46+

Hopkins 80037 Subzero 60-Inch Snowbroom

Forego the small, handheld ice-scraper (especially if you have a SUV or truck) so you aren’t stuck reaching to get every last bit of ice off your windshield. The Hopkins comes with a brush for getting extra bits of snow and ice off, and can be collapsed to 38 inches for storage.

Buy Now: $20

ARB ARB505 E-Z Deflator

If you aren’t packing something like MAXTRAX, and rock salt just isn’t cutting it, a last-resort option for getting traction is to let some air out of your tires to increase your contact patch.

Buy Now: $39

VIAIR 85P Portable Air Compressor

Because after you deflate your tires, it’s a really bad idea to drive without re-inflating them, this 12V air compressor can use power from your car’s cigarette lighter and will refill most tires in less than two minutes.

Buy Now: $48

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