Five essential car accessories to get through the winter

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Your car is practically your home away from home; you can spend almost as much time driving from place to place as walking from room to room. It is therefore important that you have everything you need to make every trip, even the shortest, safe and trouble-free.

We’ve rounded up five much-loved gadgets – from an ingenious ice scraper to jumper cables that don’t require a roadside assistance visit – to keep your car in peak condition this winter and all year round.

A portable way to charge your vehicle. (Photo: Amazon)

Ah, the dreaded sound of a car engine not starting. Avoid the nightmare with this portable power bank that includes jumper cables and has enough power to start your car or motorcycle without roadside assistance coming to help. You can also use this battery to charge your phone, tablet and laptop. The kicker? There are 12,500 positive reviews from people who credit this little brick with saving their lives when they’re stranded, camping, or during a power outage.

$110 at Amazon

Extend your view instantly.  (Photo: Amazon)

Extend your view instantly. (Photo: Amazon)

Getting better visibility on the road is easier than you think with this clip-on panoramic mirror that expands your view instantly! It has a wide-angle view that eliminates blind spots and will even help you see what your kids are doing in the back. Installation is easy and compatible with most cars. This is a major upgrade for under $15.

$12 $13 at Amazon

Protect your eyes and clean your ride.  (Photo: Amazon)

Protect your eyes and clean your ride. (Photo: Amazon)

We’ve all been there, squinting as the sun’s rays obstruct our view of the road. This stretch visor eliminates distracting glare so you can ride in comfort while protecting your vision from UVA and UVB rays. It can even be used as a shield to block sunlight from your devices as well!

$15 $25 at Amazon

Simplify your morning with this gadget.  (Photo: Amazon)

Simplify your morning with this gadget. (Photo: Amazon)

The last thing anyone wants to do on a freezing winter morning is scrape ice off the windshield. This funnel-shaped plastic tool quickly removes frozen mess like magic! It features an ergonomic design that applies direct pressure over a larger area than traditional ice scrapers. After putting it through its paces, reviewers said that this gadget saved them a lot of time and frustration.

$17 at Amazon

Refresh your car instantly.  (Photo: Amazon)

Refresh your car instantly. (Photo: Amazon)

This essential oil diffuser is specially designed to fit in car cup holders to help you feel more zen when stuck in traffic. The soothing mist is adjustable, and the accessible buttons let you choose one of seven colors. Say goodbye to sticky air fresheners and say hello to this diffuser.

$18 $25 at Amazon

What are your car essentials? Let us know in the comments below.

Video made by Kat Vasquez.

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