Which Solution is Best for Winter Traction Emergencies?

Winter has arrived here in Helena, Montana, and it is vital that your winter survival kit is top-notch for the season. One of the biggest concerns to think about is if you have the right materials in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow. What is the best choice to get you unstuck?

Kitty Litter

If you find yourself stuck in slushy snow, pour some non-clumping kitty litter in the path of your wheels to absorb moisture and help get traction. Fresh kitty litter can be quite messy as it absorbs liquid. You'll also need to plan how you will clean it up, so as not to leave a big mess.


Salt is still one of the best methods for melting snow and ice on the roads. But using too much can cause damage to vegetation and can contaminate underground water systems. It can also hurt the paws of little critters, so keep that in mind before dumping rock salt on sidewalks and driveways that are frequented by animals.


A more environmentally-safe alternative is sand. This sandbox sand is great for providing traction under your tires when there is ice and can be less expensive as well. It will add traction, but does not melt snow. You can mix some sand with some salt or kitty litter for an effective solution.

For more information on snow safety and how to build the perfect winter emergency kit for your vehicle, contact Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat of Helena today.

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