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Icy weather is inevitable. Here's what you need to prepare

Thursday, November 10th 2022, 2:41 pm - Listen, we don't want to talk about this either, but it's best to be prepared

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By now, many of our readers have already got their first frost, and the rest won’t be far off. We don’t like to contemplate cooler weather, but as ever, we needn’t be at the mercy of it when it comes. Prepare to tackle ice and snow with these five products.

Snow and Ice Repellant Spray

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Whether it’s freezing rain or a harsh frost, there are some things you’d prefer not to have to scrape the ice off of in the morning. You can get ahead of the problem with a snow and ice-repellent spray like this one from Dupont. Using a spray-on Teflon formula, you can pretreat exterior metal and plastic surfaces, like doors, snow blowers or door gaskets to prevent snow and ice buildup.

Other essentials:

  • Non-stick, clear coating works on most surfaces
  • 10-ounce can
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

Windshield Spray De-Icer

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One of the most excruciating things about frost season is having to scrape it off your windshield before sunrise when it’s below zero and you’re already late for work. A de-icing spray like this one, specifically made for windshields, will take the edge off that ordeal, making scraping much easier.

Other essentials:

  • Does not impact car finish
  • Two pack. Can also be purchased individually or in a case of 12
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

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Windshield Cover

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Another way of avoiding having to scrape the frost is to cover up your windshield first. There are a lot of windshield covers out there that purport to do the job, and we picked this option not only due to its good reviews, but because it includes mirror guards as well, something we found curiously lacking in other windshield guard kits.

Other essentials:

  • Comes in standard or XL sizes, fitting most vehicles
  • Built-in anti-theft security panels
  • Rated 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

Snow Joe Ice Melt

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This ice melter is marketed as pet and kid-friendly, but that should make it attractive to anyone who wants to keep their walkway free of ice and snow without hurting the environment. It’s specifically designed to be non-corrosive and bio-degradable – and, of course, your pet will thank you for it also.

Other essentials:

  • Includes calcium magnesium acetate
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

Handheld All-Season Multi-Purpose Spreader

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When putting down ice melter of any kind, an even spread is crucial, hence why we’ve recommended this tool designed just for that. We especially like it because of its multi-use nature – gardeners will particularly like it come spring, when it’s time to put down grass seed or fertilizer.

Other essentials:

  • Five-pound capacity
  • Three different size settings
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

Telescopic Snow Brush

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In almost all of Canada, there’s just no escaping the need for a good snowbrush, preferably with a proper ice scraper included. That two-in-one combo is pretty standard, and we like this offering from Garant the best, a combination of a good price point, a non-scratch foam head, good comfort grip, and other bells and whistles that make it a good buy.

Other Essentials:

  • Not only telescopic, but also two-sided
  • Polycarbonate scraper should help with most ice
  • Rated 4.6 out of 5 on CanadianTire.ca

Snow Joe Strain-Reducing Snow Shovel

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If you’ve had your first snow and your once-trusty shovel felt like it needed to be put to pasture, why not consider a new one? If you’re looking, Snow Joe has your back with this one – literally. It’s specifically designed to reduce the strain on your lower back, with a spring-assist handle and a design that shifts the work to your upper body.

Other essentials:

  • 18-inch shovel blade with aluminum wear strip
  • Weighs 3.7 pounds
  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

GreenWorks Snow Blower

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Depending on the snowfall, and the size of your driveway, the job may be too big for your shovel to handle. If that's the case, consider investing in a snow blower. We like this corded one from Greenworks for its 13-amp motor, offering a powerful alternative to gasoline varieties.

Other essentials:

  • Discharges snow up to 20 feet
  • 10-amp, 16-inch version also available
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.ca

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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