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Thursday, March 8, 2012


For those of us not lucky enough to live in warmer climes and still stuck dealing with winter, travel editor Serena Brower has a car safety tip for driving in snow and ice. -- AP

Most likely you have emergency items in your car -- jumper cables, a first aid kit, roadside flares. But do you travel with a bag of sand or kitty litter? You should. If you ever find yourself stuck on an icy patch, the sand or kitty litter will get you on your way in no time. Just sprinkle it around your tires, and you’ll have the traction you need to be on your way.

Great tip, Serena. Readers, how many of you are off to buy a bag of sand or kitty litter? Post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Jane R said...

Boy, does this bring back memories of living in the cold and snowy north! We never had a cat, but we certainly had the kitty litter. And, depending on the number or size of bags carried in the trunk of the car, the additional weight helped with overall traction on icy roads. I still miss those snowy days now and then.

Sheila W. Boneham said...

Because we didn't want our dogs walking through salt or salt-replacing chemicals, we also used kitty litter on our sidewalks when we lived in the frozen north. Not only didn't poison the dogs or dry their pads, but it didn't wreck shoes and boots as salt can. Great tip!


We've had a very mild winter here in NJ this year, a nice respite from last year when we had over 60" of snow. So we haven't had to deal with driving in the white stuff, unlike people in other parts of the country this year.

Sheila, we've also used sawdust on icy walks. My husband does a lot of woodworking. It's cheaper than kitty litter.