Winter has Germany firmly under control at the moment: Temperatures well below freezing point, snow, black ice and freezing winds pose a major challenge, especially for drivers. To stay mobile even under such difficult conditions, a wide variety of accessories help, many of which are also available as SEATs Original accessories are available. We present some utensils below.
Before you start: make sure you have a clear view
Anyone who has a garage or a carport is fine - all other drivers have to expect iced windows at temperatures around freezing point. But a windshield must be cleared of ice before you start your journey - and completely, otherwise there is a risk of a fine of ten euros. More serious than the fine is also the severely restricted view, which represents a real security risk. A windshield cover is recommended for prevention. It can usually be attached to the side mirrors with tabs or clamped in the doors and is thus secured against unwanted slipping or theft.
If you do without the cover, you definitely have to lend a hand: A combination of ice scraper, deicing spray and hand brush is useful to remove snow from the windshield and car roof. Practical: Some models such as the SEAT Ateca have a special attachment option for a plastic scraper on the fuel tank cap. If you want to save yourself the annoying and time-consuming scraping it off, it is best to use a heated windshield. A comfortable solution that SEAT offers in many models.
Mobile jump start for all cases
Low temperatures can do the rest of an older starter battery. That is why a mobile jump starter is the perfect accessory to ensure that you don't get stuck somewhere - in the worst case in a remote location. The multifunctional starter from the SEAT Genuine Accessories catalog has an output of 20.000 mAh and can start diesel and petrol engines with a displacement of up to six liters. With the latest generation of intelligent clamp system to avoid possible short circuits, the jump starter can also be used to charge any type of device such as smartphone or tablet. So that you can always stay in contact with the outside world, it is best to add a charging cable for the mobile phone.
Textile snow chains for more grip
In some higher regions, the use of snow chains is mandatory or at least strongly advised. They prevent the vehicle from lurching and improve grip. Although you usually think of the classic metal models when you think of snow chains, there are also textile snow chains that are much lighter and washable and also easier to put on and take off. This type of snow chain is included in the scope of delivery of the new SEAT Leon, for example.
Homemade coffee to go
Regardless of whether you are stuck in a traffic jam due to extreme snowfall or are already at your favorite place: If you have a coffee machine for your car, you can do something good for yourself and others - especially since numerous cafes are closed during the lockdown. To enjoy a warming coffee, a portable coffee machine is available in the SEAT online shop for accessories. If a 12-volt socket, enough water and the right capsules are on board, you can become an “automotive barista” in just a few minutes.
Illuminated all around even when the vehicle is stationary
In the event of an accident or breakdown, the vehicle should be as easy to see as possible. The "Help Flash" signal light fulfills the current regulations for safety in road traffic and is a useful accessory, especially in the currently dark season and when visibility is poor, for example due to heavy snow. It turns on automatically when attached to a metal surface such as the roof of a car. The functionality is similar to that of a lighthouse with a 360º light and an emergency signal. Other road users are made aware of the emergency situation.
As elegant and comfortable as textile floor mats are on dry days - they don't cut the best figure in snow, mud and split. Floor mats and load compartment covers made of flexible plastic are therefore ideal in cold and wet winter. These protect the interior and also prevent the load from slipping in the trunk. For many models, SEAT has the right offers for the pedals and the luggage compartment floor.
Good visibility in the darkest corner
The long periods of darkness currently make it even more difficult to see inside and outside the vehicle. The retractable flashlight can be used to search for items lost in the car - thanks to the telescope function, even in the farthest corner. Of course, it also helps with activities in the vicinity of the vehicle, for example when attaching snow chains or changing a tire.
Easy transport of winter sports equipment
The extensive snowfall of the past few days also has its good sides: You can use the snow and go skiing or snowboarding - of course, always taking into account the currently valid Corona regulations. The SEAT ski and snowboard carrier is suitable for up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards, which are protected from damage by soft rubber when attached. It is easy to open and is compatible with most roof mounting systems. No additional tools are required for assembly.
Blankets always work
It works completely without electricity and also warms you when nothing else works in or on the vehicle: the good old wool blanket. Especially if you are traveling with children, you should always have at least one per passenger in the trunk. They don't have to take up a lot of space, because there have long been those made of thin yet warming fabric.
An extra portion of clear glass
Perfectly functioning windscreen wipers are at least as important as a free windscreen. If the rubbers are stiff and porous, now is the time for new ones. Caution: Never “wipe off” an iced window - this will irreversibly damage the sensitive rubbers. It is also essential in winter that the container is always well filled with windshield cleaning fluid. The ideal addition: a refill bottle in your luggage. Road salt in particular leads to smeared, almost opaque windshields in winter. If the washer fluid is used up, there is an acute danger - especially when driving on the motorway.
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