Choosing a snow shovel for car or truck emergency use needs to be done well before winter arrives. You need to have made your choice, shopped to buy it received delivery before the snow arrives. You wouldn’t believe the number of the people caught out each winter that are unprepared.
Starting with the first activity mentioned above, choosing the shovel is often the most difficult part of all due to the large number of choices that are available. Just break the choices down into what will suit your needs best.
The snow shovel will have to fit into the car without taking up to much room which conjures up an image of a collapsible shovel. Good thinking and there are collapsible shovels available. But what you must keep in mind is that it will do the job required as it may well be used in an emergency situation.
That means it has to be reliable and the last thing we need in such situations is a collapsible shovel that’s to flimsy to do the task. Unless you’re sure the collapsible shovel of choice is up to the task go for a fixed shaft that will still fit into the car.
Emergencies need to be planned for as it’s too late if your caught unprepared when these situations arise. If a tire needs blowing up and your miles away from a filling station, don’t you think an air pump for tires in the car would be handy. Same applies when preparing for snow.
Another good example regarding emergencies in the car is adding extra car heaters. Agreed they are not all that great due to only having a 12 volt battery to provide the power. But having the best portable car heater available in the car might just give enough heat to avoid a very serious situation.
I have added some snow shovel options below that would be suitable and more importantly, work well for you when required if an emergency should crop up.
As mentioned above a little thought needs to be put into choosing a collapsible snow shovel to fit a car trunk and this particular model has proved popular with those who have made the decision to buy it.
The AAA 4004 red aluminum sport collapsible utility shovel comes in 3 easy to assemble and disassemble parts to create a compact snow shovel.
The aluminum construction is lightweight although strong and weighs only 1.3 pounds. The bright red color ensures that it doesn’t get mislaid in the snow.
The adjustments that can be made are from 25 inches to 32 inches that will facilitate many uses that I’m sure your imagination will conjure up.
Although not necessary the size you would choose to clear the drive when at home, this shovel although compact will do a great job in the right situation.
With a hefty number of 343 users who have left a review for the aluminum snow shovel they give it a good rating of 4.5 from 5 stars which speaks for itself.
Emergency Compact Snow Shovel
This shovel is really small in fact this compact snow shovel would fit into the palm of your hand. Immediately I thought it would be too small, but on reflection I could see it being really useful to slip under a car seat if space were very limited.
At least that would get rid of the excuse for not including a snow shovel for car use. There are so many other uses this small snow shovel could be put to and many of them I can think of could be in an emergency.
Most of us know people who do a lot of outdoor activities such as backpacking and going into some of the more remote areas. This little shovel could fit into a pocket and could end up being the means of surviving unforeseen accidents and freak weather conditions.
On the edge of the shovel there is a saw that could come in handy, in fact the seller claim that it could cut down trees!!!
They give a money back guarantee so if the item didn’t suit you could ask for a refund. This item would even make an excellent gift for someone you care for, if you already have one that is.
There have been 14 reviews left from buyers of the small snow shovel and they have all rated it 5.0 from 5 stars. It looks like they have not had to use the money back guarantee and a good sign to us about the quality of the item.
Garant Snow Shovel Suitable for Car Use
The Garant snow shovel has a 9-1/8-inch poly blade with a ribbed pattern in a bright red color, it is also ergonomic and light to use.
The handle is made from ash which is a proven material for shovels over the years and has ribbed handle for improved grip.
The sizes are – 38 inches x 9 inches x 6 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds. The 38 inch length will be suitable for a large percentage of car trunks while it still provides a good working size.
Again review statistic are good for the Garant NP091KDU Nordic shovel, with the 29 users who left a review giving it a very high rating of 4.9 from 5 stars.
Seymour Heavy Duty Metal Aluminum Snow Shovel
You might be surprised to see that I have added what is probably more recognizable as a grain shovel. But the Seymour SV-SDA14 will also make an excellent heavy duty snow shovel.
With a head size of 15-1/2 inches it would make short work of a heavy fall of snow as many metal snow shovels can do and the 29 inch length would fit into a car trunk with ease.
Being an aluminum snow shovel means that although the head size is large the total weight is only 3.8 pounds.
As with all my recommended items the feedback rating of the Seymour snow shovel is pretty strong. Plus a good many of the 10 users who left a review also recommended it for snow clearing and rated it 4.7 from 5 stars. Read more about this shovel here.