Car safety items ideal last-minute presents


Tire pressure gauges, ice scrapers, emergency kits (shown right) and windshield wipers all make great vehicle safety gifts.

It’s crunch time and if you’re still struggling with what to give a loved one, family member or friend this holiday season, the perfect gift can be an item related to vehicle safety.

Tire pressure gauges, ice scrapers, emergency kits, windshield wipers or other similar items are suitable suggestions for any drivers on your list.

These small and relatively inexpensive offerings play a big role in vehicle safety and reliability, especially during winter driving when road conditions can be hazardous and unpredictable. They’re perfect stocking stuffers or holiday gifts that show the car owners and drivers on your gift list that you truly care about them this holiday season.

Low tire pressure and windshield wipers were among the top six items that had the highest failure rate during National Car Care Month check-up events conducted by the Car Care Council in recent years. Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month as properly inflated tires are critical to a vehicle’s ride, handling, traction and safety.

For optimum performance, wiper blades should be replaced every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.

An emergency road kit is something that can be easily compiled or purchased at major retailers or auto parts/accessories outlets. A kit should include an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlights, flares, blanket, candles/matches, bottled water and dry food snacks.

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