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Depending on what part of the world you live in, right now you could be buried under several feet of snow, or you could be dealing with temperatures so hot people are trying to fry eggs on the sidewalk or anywhere in between. Where I live, winter has come, and it's pretty serious about it. The snow came late, but it is definitely here, along with a nice layer of ice both under and on top of it. All of which adds up to making driving miserable at best, with accidents and freeway closings to the point where going anywhere is sometimes taking your life into your own hands. And then there's the getting stuck thing, which can happen (and has on more than one occasion) in your driveway before you even get out into the world.

Enter the Snow Extrication Kit. Most people who live where there is winter tend to carry a shovel, probably a bag of kitty litter, and ideally a flashlight and a blanket, just in case. This puts several things together in one neat package that doesn't take up a lot of room, but could actually save your life someday. It comes with not only a metal-edged shovel for digging your way out, but an industrial ice scraper and swiveling snow brush for making sure your windows are clear when you do get to go somewhere. The piece de resistance, however, is the grip track, which you can place under your tires when they're just spinning uselessly in place to get yourself moving again. It weighs a lot less than a bag of kitty litter, and is also more effective. The grip track measures almost three feet long, and is constructed of stainless steel cables with independent rubber treads.

The best part about this is it doesn't take up much room in your trunk, and also weighs almost nothing (all of 11 pounds). The shovel handle triples its usefulness by being able to be used with the ice scraper and snow brush. Everything fits in a neat little briefcase-type bag with a convenient carrying handle. What I find neat is the grip track can be used in all seasons, in case you get stuck in sand at the beach or something.

If you want one of these kits to ease your winter concerns, you can pick one up for about $70.00 US.

Source: Craziest Gadgets

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