We have just passed the Holiday Season, but after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, most countries still have to deal with cold weather. Your vehicle, whether commissioned for personal or work-related purposes, will see a lot of action over the Holidays. Make sure you equip your vehicle with the appropriate add-ons and accessories so that your driving and transportation experience this season will be comfortable, efficient and safe.
Since our Holiday season in the West is intrinsically tied to colder weather (snow and ice, as is typical of countries in most temperate zones), one of the first things to be prepared for is negotiating through roads and terrain covered in snow or even ice. .
Snow or winter tires are designed to stay flexible and maintain traction on the road even in the coldest temperatures, so they are undoubtedly one of the first things you should be prepared to buy and install when the weather requires it. Tire chains are another option, but the problem is that you can’t run them safely over pavement. Consider how heavy the snow is in your area to determine if you need chains, but to be on the safe side, it’s best to invest in a set of snow tires.
Rear Tire Rack
Having a fifth spare wheel in your trunk (properly inflated, mind you) is a great insurance policy against flat tires, but I suggest you don’t stop there. Having somewhere else to store or install a spare tire will ensure that on even the longest or most difficult terrain, two flat tires won’t stop your progress.
The reason behind this is that during snowy months, sharp rocks and other objects which are harmful to your tires are very difficult to see with the naked eye. Given the high probability that you will crash your vehicle on it, the chances of your tires being damaged and flat are higher.
Top Ladder/Cargo Rack
Commonly found in work vans and pickups, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have one in your family’s vehicle. Having extra cargo capacity on top of your van, truck, or crossover is always a good thing, and with all the holidays and shopping, you’d love to have extra hauling capacity.
For vans and pickups with more work-oriented goals, this rack is almost considered a must-have accessory, and should be kept year-round. American Van Equipment and other online retailers offer these accessories, along with mounts, for more common vehicle types, ensuring a good, sturdy fit.
It’s a year-round accessory to add (some vehicles come standard already), but becomes especially important during the Holidays, especially if you have a number of parties (or for work, delivery or service oriented visits) to attend to that are in locations that may be familiar. for you.
With tablets and smartphones offering GPS functionality, you can also purchase a mount for your gadget on the dashboard and simply display your favorite map application on the screen.
Drive safely, everyone!