Baby It’s Cold Outside, Especially in the Driveway!

A few safety must-haves if you’ve gotta get on the road

When Jack Frost gets petulant and wreaks havoc on us with a massive winter storm, all cold hell can break loose, leaving many people very cold, scared, and worse - unprepared. There are often power outages, road closures, car accidents, frostbite and hypothermia cases, and unfortunately hundreds of fatalities every year all due to swirling swarms of winter storms. One of the biggest storms in recent decades happened in 1993, often dubbed The Storm of The Century for its expansiveness, ferocity, and destruction. Stretching from Alabama to Maine, affecting over 40% of the entire American population, and leaving over 10,000,000 people without power, the Superstorm of ‘93 proved yet again that winter storms can be just as brutal as any other natural hazard that we prepare for. They sure are pretty, but quite deadly.

If a winter storm comes to town, the best advice is to just wind down: 

  • Get cozy with a hot drink, a book, or an exorbitant amount of Netflix 
  • Stay warm with layers like long-johns, mittens, and a sweater or two
  • Stay up-to-date with local and regional emergency alerts on the radio or online 
  •  If you lose power, use a generator to keep things warm and bright. (If gas-powered, only turn it on outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning!) 
  • Have a snowball fight with your family, but take it easy and make sure to look out for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. (Only play outside in moderation.) 
  • Make use of your emergency group text chain, and check on your friends!

The thing is, though, many of us lead lives that are just downright busy AF. Sometimes not even massive winter storms can stop us from doing our thing. And depending on your line of work, some of you simply must get on the road no matter what. We get it. That’s why we’re here. So you don’t have to live in any kind of wintery fear.

Whatever your reason to steer onto an icy road out of that snowy driveway, we want you as safe and warm and ready as can be. So we’ve picked out a few of our favorite driveway must-haves in case you look outside and your vehicle has essentially turned into a gigantic ice cube.

Because when the going gets cold, the cold get bold and shop at harbor.

Add these to your wintery wonderland arsenal ASAP:

BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat

Why We Love it: Besides being generally badass, these mats are much safer to use than car chains if your car or truck is stuck in mud, ice, or snow. And did you know that they come with their own bag and pair of gloves too? Plus, it’s water resistant and rust-proof.

BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat Tracks
BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat Tracks
BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat Tracks
BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat Tracks

BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat Tracks

$36.99
BASHIK Portable Recovery Traction Mat Tracks provides emergency traction when a car/truck is stuck in mud, snow, ice or sand. With no installation required, these mats are easier and safer to use than tire chains and snow chains.
Features:
  • Provides emergency traction for your tires in snow, ice, mud and sand. Works on all vehicles with summer, winter, or all-season tires.
  • At 10.6 inches wide, it is consistent with the width of most tires and comes in a long length (39.4 inches)
  • The mat studs are made of special treated alloy and Tungsten steel which is wear-resistant and rust proof. Studs are easy to insert into the ice and frozen hard soil, helping to provide strong grasping strength between the mat and ground.
  • Made of TPE, the material has great friction with rubber tires and will not become hard and brittle in frozen weather.
  • Comes with a bag and a pair of sleeves so you can fold it and put into the car in cold weather without dirty and wet your hands. The bag will help to keep your car clean. 
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Pet Safe Ice Melt

Why We Love It: Beside what’s in the name - pet safe, which is pretty awesome - this stuff is actually harvested in the Dead Sea. Yep, we’re dead serious. The only thing this stuff is toxic to is ice and snow. They do not like this stuff, which is why we love this stuff. Spread it on your driveway to de-winterize a safe path out.

Pet Safe Ice Melt
Pet Safe Ice Melt
Pet Safe Ice Melt

Pet Safe Ice Melt

$19.99
Melt snow and ice in temperatures as low as -10°F with this this fast acting ice melt treatment. These magnesium chloride ice melt pellets are pet safe and generate exothermic heat over a short period of time. Comes in a 10 lb pail.

  • Can melt twice as much ice as rock salt in 21°F
  • Harvested from the Dead Sea, magnesium chloride ice melt has a notoriously low toxicity level making it less toxic than calcium, potassium or sodium chloride.
  • Pet Safe is highly unlikely to burn or irritate the skin or pets paws. Pet Safe won't harm plants or cause spalling on driveways and concrete that's been properly set and cured.
  • Because of its small, round pellet shape, Pet Safe can be used in various ice melt spreaders.


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The SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel

Why We Love It: This one’s a no-brainer. If you’ve got a bunch of snow, sometimes you gotta get your hands dirty - or at least a little icy. With this baby you can push, scrape, and even chop your way through a snowy driveway. It’s definitely a beast, but it’s also safe on all surfaces too.

THE SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel
THE SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel
THE SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel
THE SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel
THE SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel

THE SNOWPLOW Snow Pusher Shovel

$59.99
The SnowPlow Snow Pusher is a virtually indestructible, commercial-grade tool for handling anything winter can dish out. The ultra rugged blade with self-sharpening blunt square surface is made of revolutionary UHMW polyethylene to deliver exceptional durability and impact resistance. Use it to push, scrape and even chop. Plus, the SnowPlow Pusher's blade is non-abrasive, making it safe on wood decks, steps, sidewalks and patios.
Features:
  • Wide blade shovel: Snow shovel with a 24-inch wide UHMW poly blade to remove snow
  • Comfortable and operational control: Features ergonomic, fiberglass handle with D style grip handle
  • Strong construction: Tuff brace support system provides blade support; Simple bolt-together design
  • Chip packed snow and ice: Flip over to use cutting angle to separate packed snow or chip away at ice
  • Gentle on surfaces: Use on all surfaces, including concrete, blacktop, pavers, decks, roofs and more
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Oh, and if you’re curious about ways to stay safe for any winter storm that heads your way in the future, make sure you download the harbor app if you haven’t already! You’ll discover not only winter storm safety tips, but also helpful advice for just about any risk or uncertainty you might face.

No matter what, remember:
don’t worry. be ready.