Midas Winter Safety Tips and Giveaway

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Today’s giveaway and safety tips are brought to you by Midas (Twitter | Facebook). According to the material sent to me, about 70% of winter deaths are attributed to snow and ice involvement with motor vehicles. To help prepare drivers for those unexpected winter conditions, Midas put together some winterizing tips and how to winterize your car videos. Midas is also giving a Winter Safety Kit ($100 retail value) on my dad blog. Here’s the content of the Midas kit:

  • $50 Midas gift certificate
  • 12′ jumper cables
  • Four emergency thermal blankets
  • First aid kit with 182 items
  • 3′ ice scraper and snowbrush
  • LED flashlight
  • Backpack style storage bag

Below are some winterizing tips from Midas. Head over to their winter driving safety tips site for more details on their hints.

  • Maximize your visibility
  • Check your tire pressure
  • Prevent fluid freezing
  • Check headlights, taillights and turn signals
  • Invest in preventive maintenance
  • Examine under the hood
  • Consider putting on snow tires
  • Pack an emergency kit in your car
  • Plan extra driving time

Midas Winter Safety Kit ~ $50 Midas gift certificate, jumper cables, emergency thermal blankets, first aid kit, ice scraper/snowbrush, LED flashlight, and shoulderpack

Midas Winter Safety Kit Giveaway
Thanks to Midas, I’m giving away a winter safety kit on my dad blog. The prize pack consists of a $50 Midas gift certificate, jumper cables, emergency thermal blankets, first aid kit, ice scraper/snowbrush, LED flashlight, and shoulder pack (items in kits may vary). The winner will be randomly selected. To enter the giveaway, share your favorite winter road trip. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Monday, December 27th (Pacific time). The giveaway is open to readers in the USA only. Good luck everyone!

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[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by Midas, but Midas is not a sponsor or administrator of the giveaway. I received a winter safety kit for hosting this giveaway. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

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286 thoughts on “Midas Winter Safety Tips and Giveaway

  1. We had a wheel malfunction on the way home from a Christmas trip to Ky. After a long time on the road, we were towed to a motel and then the towtruck took the car to the repair shop. Luckily, we had blankets and snacks for our time on the side of the road.

  2. I’d love to share my favorite winter road trip – but, in the winter I prefer to stay home and warm! However, taking the kids to an apple farm for picking is always fun.

  3. My 22 year old son and I are driving from Houston to NC for the holidays. That is my favorite winter road trip because we will get to spend Christmas with family!

  4. Couple of years back drove from IL to Tenn.Was the best from me because the further i got from Chicago the warmer it got.The ride home kinda sucked because it got colder.

  5. I’ve got a few…but here’s one:

    I used to live in Great Falls, MT…and out there they do not salt the roads. Even though I had been used to driving in snow due to growing up in the northeast, driving in MT is a whole new experience. I would dread getting caught at a stop light because half the time, I would end up sliding through it. Forget about trying to go up hills…and if I had to, it was one scary experience.

    Once, I was on my way to bringing my husband dinner at his work on a military base. To get to where he was, I had to travel down a long, dark, winding road. It was snowing. I took a corner a little too fast and slid off the road and ended up trapped in a ditch, under a snow drift. I had my 2 year old in the back seat, and I was terrified. My phone didn’t have service. The road wasn’t traveled often. Finally after I don’t know how long a truck came along and thankfully had a hitch and was able to pull me out!

  6. Drove from Cleveland to New York City to pick up my step son. My wife and I had stopped for the night before driving into the city. Brutally cold. When I went out next morning the battery was dead. Had it jump started but was afraid to turn it off for several hours. When we arrived home the vehicle sat for several days. Again the battery was dead. Had batteries replaced and all was well.

  7. Heading from Green Bay to Kansas City and St. Louis between Christmas and New Years with our two young daughters – this would be great to take along with us!

  8. Last winter someone was stopped in the middle of the road on a blind curve right in the road because they couldn’t make it up the hill. Rather than backing down carefully to the parking lot below they stayed there and I hit my brakes to stop so I wouldn’t hit them and slid slowly off the road into a small ditch…luckily we were able to get out of it. Then the rest of the drive that was normally a 30 minute drive took two hours that night…and the heater went out on my car! It was COLD.

  9. Favorite winter road trip was from Louisiana to Canada in December. We’re not used to seeing snow, but once I hit Kentucky and started seeing snow in the yards and on the roadways the rest of the trip was magical, especially for the kids.

  10. My boyfriend and I have been to Montreal twice, both in winter. Even though everyone said we were crazy to go north in the cold season, we always enjoy it. Last trip was our food of the common people run — fevre au lard at Le Beanerie, Portuguese rotisserie chicken, poutine, the always amazing smoked meat sandwich, buckwheat crepes, 24 hour falafel, Polish jam donuts at the market — they know what food’ll keep you warm in Quebec.

  11. I live in So Cal so our usual weather is far from winter weather (it’s 82 now). When my son was small I took him to Big Bear Lake to Santa’s Village with some friends. No snow but definitely cold.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  12. Well I wish I could say we jump in the car and drive from Michigan to Florida, but thats not happening! One fun thing to do around here in the winter, especially around the holiday, is to drive up to Frankenmuth Michigan, where Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland is. Bronners is the worlds largest Christmas store, the size of 11/2 football fields, with over 50,000 trims and gifts. It is also open all year. Frankemouth is also known as Michigans Little Bavaria, with lots of shops and resturants. Some of the best chicken I have ever had is at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. You can check out the town yourself at http://www.frankenmuth.org/

  13. My favorite winter trip was one year when we drove from Sacramento to Reno. It was cold out but the roads were clear. We got to Reno and had a great time … but the story continues. On our way home, a snow storm rolled in and the highway patrol closed the passes to anyone who didn’t have 4-wheel drive, chains, etc. Luckily we had 4-wheel drive. We drove up to the officer, rolled down the window and he said “4-wheel drive?” We answered yes. He pointed to us and said “Engage”. Ahahaha … we still laugh at that “Star Trek” experience. :)

  14. went toMI and drove up in the storms as a kid- because it was holidays and required- never again- got stuck several times and road was icy and scary

  15. My favorite was going from southside Virginia in the blinding snow, bundled up like the Michelin man, to Key West. We were down to shorts and flip flops by then!

  16. My favorite winter road trip was Thanksgiving 2005 – we drove from NY to Cleveland and it was snowing hard – a bit scary but definitely quite an adventure.

  17. My favorite winter road trip was to the mountains in northern Arizona to go camping. It was pretty scary with the mountain lions calling all night, but the views were breathtaking during the day.

  18. My favorite winter road trip was when my husband and I went for a weekend getaway up to a casino and we stayed near the water and it was so pretty outside with the snow. Plus it was fun because we had a heart hot tub in our room that we put bubble bath in and the bubbles were all over the entire room. ;) The drive home was so pretty too.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

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  20. I like to travel to Duluth, MN in the winter. The city is beautiful year-round, but the lake is especially stunning when its frozen.

    glycinemax (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. My favorite winter road trip is over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house–getting together with family for Christmas.

    ceis8009 at yahoo dot com

  22. My favorite winter road trip was in Alaska..from Anchorage to Glenn Allen. Most amazing..yet super cold and totally dark trip I have ever been on.

    kylie8cake (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. We ususally don’t drive too far in the winter. Our favorite winter road trip would have been a couple of year ago. We took the kids to Lake Placid. Beautiful!

  24. here in the south winter isn’t as bad as in other parts of the country, it’s actually kind of nice as long as it’s not raining – favorite trip = visiting family cross state

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  25. My favorite winter road trip was driving up from Pittsburgh to Toronto for Christmas/New Years with friends in college – it turned into an epic adventure when we ran into snow storm after snow storm, and a six-hour drive turned into a three-day journey. We took it in stride, however, and discovered some very interesting small towns when we got stranded at various hotels and restaurants. It was a great bonding experience for sure!

  26. My favorite road trip was our move from southern New Mexico to NE Oregon in the winter of 2007; of course, my husband and daughter might say I’m crazy for saying so. While we were sad to have been medically discharged from the USAF, we were equally excited at the prospect of a new adventure and a chance to return to the NW. We decided to drive up through Colorado and Wyoming on our first stretch. We were blown off the road by sudden blizzard conditions in Wyoming. Though it was frightening at first, the residents of the area were so generous and welcoming. They were like angels. At a time that would normally feel like a great hardship and a lonely time for our small family, we were gratefully given a warm place to stay and the company of gracious people. I know that trip taught us to take better care in winter conditions, but it also taught us the true meaning of kindness.

  27. My favorite winter road trip is out of the cold and over to the beach. Too bad you gotta go through the snowy mountains to get to the lovely beach though!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

  28. My favorite winter road trip was when I traveled with my parents from Wisconsin to Vermont to visit my Grandparents. It was a long trip but it was fun and worth it to see my family.

  29. Seriously, I am not a fan of any winter road trip. Scary, scary to me. My favorite would be a winter roadtrip to the airport where a plane would take me to the Caribbean!

    dchrisg3[at]gmail[dot]com

  30. We used to go to Cleveland during the holidays – generally guaranteed White Christmases there but they know how to clear the roads, too.

  31. My favorite winter road trip memory is when I was a little girl and my older brothers took us for a long drive up a large mountain to find some snow. Since we lived close to the beach, we had none. It seems like it took forever, the mountain corners were sharp and steep. It was only one lane too, me and my little sister were scared. We found enough snow to make a snowman and have a snowball fight.

  32. Last Christmas we went on a road trip up into the Colorado mountains. In hindsight it was not very smart but we had a good time and only ran into bad weather once. The scenery was beautiful.

  33. My fav winter roadtrip is going up to Vermont to go skiing. I have not done that in many years, but love the whole bed and breakfast – ski lodge and hot toddy thing. Though now I have a newborn and that kind of roadtrip will have to wait but this little package will make me feel better in case we ever breakdown anywhere – especially the thermal blanket to keep baby warm.

    reannenny at aol.com

  34. It may seem silly, but I always test the tire pressure on my spare tire before going on a long road trip. Breaking down just once and going for the spare only to find it flat is all it takes to make you take the 2 minutes to check it first from now on.

  35. We have friends who have a cabin in the Boundary Waters on the border of MN and Canada. It is about a 6 hour drive, then a 2 hour hike. It’s so much fun to get out and enjoy the snow and weather, then make it to the cabins with a nice warm fire!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  36. Our favorite winter road trip was from Lincoln, NE to Peoria,IL in a blizzard the day after our wedding. We made it but it’s amazing the marriage lasted!

  37. My favorite winter trip was the year I turned 18. We went to Disneyland it was a crazy 8 hour drive but we had the time of our lives.

  38. i hate winter road trips. i live in minnesota and the roads get bad. i got stranded on a country road once for 2 hours waiting for a tow truck.
    jmajor4870(at)aol(dot)com

  39. Driving from Cleveland to Rhode Island on Christmas Day with my husband to visit his family. We had so much fun, the traffic wasn’t bad, and it was lightly snowing…enough to be beautiful without being dangerous!

  40. Well, since I live in the desert, I don’t really experience winter driving conditions. The monsoons are the most difficult conditions during the winter here…and the dust storms. During a dust storm I pull over as far as possible to the right and wait it out…with my lights on. I never enter a low area during the monsoon season and avoid driving all together when they are intense. :-) Thank you.

  41. My favorite trip has to be each year when we made the trip to my grandmothers house on Christmas Eve
    carolkfoster at comcast dot net

  42. Favorite winter trip is the trip from Seattle to Sacramento to visit the family for the holidays. Just got back in fact. Lots of mountains and snow. Lots of opportunities for I-Spy-with-my-two-Eyes.

  43. My favorite winter roadtrip was atrip to Santa Fe to visit my young brother for the holidays. Being from South Texas, we were not used to snow so it was a wonderful treat!

    priscilla(dot)a(dot)escobar(at)gmail(dot)com

  44. My favorite road tip never leave home in the winter without a blanket and kitty litter in case your car gets stuck on snow or ice, putting either one of these under the tires works like a charm!

  45. My favorite trip each winter is Christmas Eve to my husbands grandparents. We sing Christmas Carols and look at all the decorations.
    Thanks

  46. Thanks for the giveaway…love to head up to N. AZ during the winter to enjoy the snow ! No problems with winter driving but have shovel & supplies in the trunk just in case !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  47. Driving to my uncle’s house in Texas. It was such a fun trip for all of us, and we really enjoyed spending the holidays there.

  48. My favorite winter road trip was years ago when I went from Chicago to New Orleans. There were some rough ice patches, but it was worth it because New Orleans was awesome!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  49. Ahhh, once we drove to Dallas in the middle of a snowstorm to go camping. It was awesome. I mean, other than Texas people not knowing how to drive in the snow. It was absolutely beautiful, but really cold…no heater. Great times.
    michedt (at) gmail (dotcom)

  50. My driving tip is STAY OFF THE ROADS when the weather is very bad. Too many drivers think that *they* can go where others fear to tread and end up having to be pulled out of a ditch.
    Thanks for the contest.

  51. My favorite was one we took to Running Springs many years ago. There was snow and intense fog and it was pretty scary getting up there, but we had a great time with family once we arrived.

  52. Going back to school after the Christmas break I would try to follow the salt truck when I reached Indiana because it was the snow belt area and the roads were usually very slippery and snowy.

  53. My roomate and I once went to Denver in November and it was an interesting trip to drive around in the mountains. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

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