Why You Should Always Keep a Carpet Remnant in Your Trunk

Hint: it could help you get out of a slippery situation.

If you’ve recently done a renovation project to increase your home’s value, you’re likely basking in the glow of your handiwork… but you also probably have quite a bit of leftover carpet lying around. Wondering what, exactly, to do with it? Rather than just toss those carpet remnants in the trash, there’s a surprising use for them. (If you don’t have any, ask your local carpet store if it has any leftovers that you could nab.)

It turns out carpet remnants are great items to have in the trunk of your car if the wheels get stuck on snow or ice and you need traction in bad weather. The next time you get stuck, simply ram the carpet underneath the stuck wheels—just make sure they’re stopped and not in motion—before slowly accelerating. (Gunning it will only dig yourself deeper.)

Not only will the carpet remnant help you out of a slippery situation, but it’s an easy way to repurpose an item that would otherwise go in the garbage. Items like a rubber bathmat, old towel, or even a piece of cardboard also work wonders when you need a bit of extra traction in the winter. You can also sprinkle ordinary kitty litter or sand around the tires, too. (Learn the safest and fastest way to remove snow from your car.)

Next, find out why you need to keep a nail file in your car this winter.

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