Snow shovels to keep in your car when heading to the snow

They're small, inexpensive and incredibly useful. A snow shovel is handy accessory to have if you're ever driving somewhere snowy.

Land Rover Freelander driving on a snowy UK road

by Chris Williams |

A snow shovel for your car is not like the shovel you keep in your shed. Predictably, they are much smaller and lighter, ready for you to whip out and unfold at a moment’s notice. You’ll see such foldable snow shovels and notice they all look roughly the same but the difference lies in quality of construction.

In this article, we recommend the top three snow shovels to keep in your car over winter. We also look at a couple of other useful extras you may want to consider to make winter driving a bit less arduous.

The best snow shovels for cars

Draper Folding Steel Shovel

Editoru2019s pick
Draper Folding Steel Shovel
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The folding shovel from tools giant Draper has a carbon steel blade, connected to a tubular steel handle. Therefore, itu2019s light and strong. A powder coating fights corrosion too.

The blade has serrated edges to deal with ice and compacted snow. A real bonus is that it comes with a vinyl storage pouch. Unfolded length is 58cm; folded length is 24.5cm.

AA Emergency Snow Shovel

Best value
AA Emergency Snow Shovel
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AAu2019s folding shovel is very similar to Draperu2019s in appearance. The unfolded and folded dimensions are almost identical and it too features a serrated blade. However, itu2019s a solid steel construction, so isnu2019t quite as strong as Draperu2019s carbon steel shovel blade. AAu2019s shovel also comes with a storage pouch, but is fabric rather than vinyl.

Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel

Most versatile
Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel
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Gerberu2019s shovel is smaller (42cm open, 23.4cm closed) and lighter (794g) than the models above because itu2019s meant as a shovel for camping and hiking. As such, the glass-filled nylon handle doubles as a hammer, with a rubberised grip, using the base to beat tent pegs into the ground.

In addition to the folding steel blade, the handle slides using a push-button mechanism kind of like an umbrella. Comes with a nylon drawstring bag.

Other useful winter driving accessories

Swedish Ice Scraper

Parkersu2019 favourite ice scraper
Swedish Ice Scraper
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Made from laser-cut, 6mm recycled acrylic glass, the Swedish Ice Scraper is both strong and amazingly effective. Each side is diamond polished for ice removal, with one side bearing a little indent for clearing windscreen wipers. It also comes with a little neoprene sleeve.

Konig CB-12 Snow Chains

Parkersu2019 top-rated snow chains
Konig CB-12 Snow Chains
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If you want snow chains for emergencies, get good ones that will do the job and last. This pair is good value for money and come from a reputable brand. Konig CB-12 snow chains have a manual tensioning system which means that after fitting them you'll need to drive forward several metres and check they are adjusted correctly. To be sure of the correct Konig snow chains for your car, see the Konig fit guide.

Sakura Black Rubber Boot Mat

Best boot protection
Sakura Black Rubber Boot Mat
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Sakurau2019s rubber boot liner is a far better choice than a rustly fabric one that gets scrunched up. Both top and bottom of this rubber mat are non-slip and of course, spills and dirt wonu2019t penetrate it. Original dimensions are 120cm x 80cm but you can trim it to whatever size you need, using the grooves to help you.

Montane Supercell Tough Waterproof Gloves

Best winter gloves
Montane Supercell Tough Waterproof Gloves
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Cold weather activities require comfortable but durable cold weather gloves. Our colleagues at Live For The Outdoors have tested and rated the best and Montaneu2019s Supercell gloves won the u2018best valueu2019 award.

LFTO’s verdict: ‘Warm, well-built gloves that are cracking value too. More than worthy of a place in your winter walking kit.’

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