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Car Care Tip: Vehicle safety items make perfect holiday gifts

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Car Care Tip: Vehicle safety items make perfect holiday gifts

It's crunch time, and if you're still struggling with what to give a loved one, family member or friend this holiday season, the perfect gift can be an item related to vehicle safety.

Tire pressure gauges, ice scrapers, emergency kits and windshield wipers are suitable items for any drivers on your list.

"These small and relatively inexpensive items play a big role in vehicle safety and reliability, especially during winter driving when road conditions can be hazardous and unpredictable," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "They're a perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift that shows the drivers on your list that you truly care about them this holiday season."

Low tire pressure and windshield wipers were among the top-six items that had the highest failure rate during National Car Care Month check-up events in April and October. Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month, as properly inflated tires are critical to the vehicle's ride, handling, traction and safety. For optimum performance, wiper blades should be replaced every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.

An emergency roadside kit is something that can be compiled easily or purchased. A kit should include an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, candles/matches, bottled water and dry food snacks.

Some additional and practical car care-related gifts to show you truly care include:

- Headlight restoration kits

- Tires

- New battery and/or portable battery charger

- Car wash and wax

- Wheel cleaners

As winter approaches, now is a great time to purchase meaningful gifts for the motorists on your list, something that can give them convenience, safety, and security.

Learn more at carcare.org.

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