10 Things Every Tesla Owner Should Keep in Their Car During Winter Road Trips

As winter weather ramps up in the Northern Hemisphere, it's essential for Tesla Model 3 and Model Y owners to prepare for cold-weather road trips. Here are 10 things to keep in your Tesla during cold weather travel, along with some winter EV essentials to have on hand just in case.

  1. Tesla Mobile Connector (or Comparable Portable EV Charger) Having a Tesla Mobile Connector or a compatible portable EV charger can give you peace of mind while on the road. It can help you avoid running out of battery in case of unexpected detours or delays. It's always good to have one of these chargers in your trunk or frunk for emergencies.
  2. A Good Extension Cord While constant use of an extension cord is not recommended by Tesla, it's fine to use it in a pinch. Having a decent extension cord can help you when you need some extra reach for your mobile charger. Just make sure the cord itself is thick enough (low enough gauge) to carry the requisite voltage and current.
  3. Rubber Conditioner to Prevent Frozen Windows Applying rubber conditioner to the rubber trim inside the doors can prevent the windows from sticking to the rubber seals in cold weather. It's a good idea to do this to prevent the windows from freezing in place, especially on frameless windows.
  4. WD-40 Silicon Lube for Door Handles And Charge Port Door WD-40 Silicon formula is great for lubricating door handles and the charge port door. It can prevent them from freezing in place, allowing them to open with ease.
  5. De-Icer For Doorhandles, Windows, Mirrors and Charge Port Door A few sprays of a decent de-icer can melt ice and snow buildup on door handles, windows, and mirrors. Pre-heating your car should prevent door handles and windows from freezing, but de-icer can help if you forget.
  6. Hand-Warmers Hand warmers can help thaw frozen door handles and charge ports, as well as warm up your hands on cold winter days. They're also useful for preventing snowpack from forming on charging cables.
  7. Tire Repair Kit or Spare Tire As is the trend with many new cars, Tesla Model 3 and Model Y do not come with a spare tire. Having a tire repair kit can help you get back on the road quickly in the event of a flat tire.
  8. A Good Snow Brush And Ice Scraper It's basic, but important! Don't forget the basics with a good snowbrush and ice scraper to keep your car clean and clear of snow and ice.
  9. Winter Wipers And Wiper Fluid Switching to winter wiper blades and using cold-weather windshield washer fluid will keep your view clear when driving in snowy or icy conditions.
  10. A Blanket, Hand Warmers, And Hot Drink Mix For emergency situations, it's a good idea to keep a blanket, some hand warmers, and a mix for a hot drink in your car.

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