The Best Snow Shovels for your Car

emergency snow shovel for car

If you live in area that receives even a minimal amount of snow per year, you are likely aware of how important it is to be prepared for this snow. It is so secret that it can accumulate quickly and create a huge mess for people trying to navigate through it. Most people who live in snowy regions probably have been caught off guard at least once or twice in their life to where they wished they were better prepared.

To ready your car for a potential unexpected event or emergency during the winter, you should put together a winter survival kit and store it in your trunk. Ready Wisconsin has created a helpful list of items that you should carry in your survival kit. As you probably guessed, a shovel is one of those items on this list.

We have put together our own list below of the best snow shovels for your car. These portable shovels are much smaller than your typical driveway snow shovels in order to fit comfortably in a car trunk. However, don’t let their size fool you. If you buy a quality car shovel, it will help you immensely if you need to dig your car out from the snow in an emergency.

Additionally, these car shovels are great beyond a snow emergency. They can be used for camping or other outdoor activities when bringing along a traditional shovel just isn’t practical. Some people even opt to keep their snow shovel in their car year-round to use it as needed.

The Best Snow Shovels for a Car

Lifeline AAA 4004 Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

LIFELINE Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel, 3 Piece Collapsible Design, Perfect Snow Shovel for Car, Camping and Other Outdoor Activities, Blue
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LIFELINE Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel, 3 Piece Collapsible Design, Perfect Snow Shovel for Car, Camping and Other Outdoor Activities, Blue
  • 3 PIECE COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN: Breaks down to 3 pieces making it easy to store and carry
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: Constructed of durable high-quality light aluminum weighing 1.3 lbs.
  • BE PREPARED: You'll never know what adverse weather conditions you may run into
  • ADJUSTABLE: Shovel can adjust from 21” to 26” to 32”

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This is one of the best all-around car snow shovels you can buy. An excellent feature is that it can be taken apart into three pieces to make it even smaller than it already is. The two blue section shown in the above picture detach from the middle black section to allow for easy storage in your trunk, a bag, etc. The shovel is adjustable from 25 inches to 32 inches. It weighs only 1.3 pounds so you won’t be bogged down by its weight if you have to carry it for a long time. The current colors available on Amazon are blue (shown above), red, and gold.

Cartman Portable Aluminium Sport Utility Shovel

CARTMAN Aluminium Sport Shovel, Utility Scalable Camping Shovel, Garden Shovel, Beach Shovel Sand Shovel, Lightweight Snow Shovel for Car Emergency, 3 Piece Collapsible Design, Blue
  • Construction is from aluminum
  • Handle adjusts from 25 inches to 32 inches
  • Brakes down if needed into 3 pieces
  • Lightweight with approx weight of 1.3 pounds
  • Slight scratch might left at factory assemblity checking. It was NOT "USED"

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Here is another solid aluminum car shovel that is similar to the Lifeline AAA displayed above. Like the Lifeline AAA, it breaks down into 3 pieces, adjusts from 25 inches to 32 inches, and weighs 1.3 pounds. If you find your car buried in snow away from home, this is a great tool to help you get back on the road when traditional snow removal tools are not available.

SOG Entrenching Tool F08-N- Folding Shovel

SOG Entrenching Tool- 18.25 Inch Folding Survival Shovel with Wood Saw Edge and Tactical Shovel Carry Case- Black (F08-N)
  • 18.25 INCH FULL LENGTH, 24.5 OUNCES: Lightweight foldable outdoor, hunting, military shovel is versatile to get the job done. E-Tool features a wood saw edge to cut or chop small branches and trees for kindling or fire building
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE: The multi-use shovel folds down to be barely bigger than your hand. 10 inches in length when folded, it takes up about the same space as a stack of paper plates. A needed tool that is easy to pack and takes up no space in your backpack, or camp kit
  • HIGH-CARBON STEEL CONSTRUCTION: Super durable to handle the long list of jobs the shovel was designed to handle in extreme conditions. Dig through dirt, sand, gravel mud, and snow with the tempered steel blade. The triangular handle is strong and fits the hand well for optimal use when digging, trenching, cutting, or slashing
  • 3-WAY FOLDING DESIGN: Hand shovel collapses into a portable outdoor shovel, emergency shovel, and hiking shovel. The rotating spade blade can be adjusted to act as a pick or hoe. Ultimate camp tool to dig fire pits, bury waste, or trench drainage lines
  • SOG TACTICAL SHOVEL FOR LIFE: Take care of your folding shovel and we’ll take care of you; SOG shovels for digging are built to last, and we consider all repair and replacement requests

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If you are looking for a super durable but very compact shovel, this is an exceptional option for you. This shovel folds up to about the size of the blade so storage won’t be a problem for most people. The total length is 18.25 inches so it is relative small even when it is ready for use. The edge of the blade has teeth that can be used for cutting things like small branches or sticks. A cool feature is that the blade can rotate 90° to create a pick or a hoe. Unless you are in a desperate situation, you probably aren’t going to use this tool to shovel 8 inches of snow away from your whole car. However, it will be useful for lighter snow removal from around the tires or doors. Overall, this is a versatile survival tool that would be great to take camping and leave it in the car afterwords for potential emergencies. We forgot to mention that the shovel comes with a handy nylon bag for storage.

True Temper AutoBoss Emergency Car Shovel

True Temper 1588400 AutoBoss Emergency Car Shovel
  • Clears areas around tires and hard to reach places
  • Simple extension and retraction makes for quick work
  • Compact and foldable for easy storage
  • Multiple grips for hand placement options
  • Lightweight and portable

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Here is a shovel designed with snow emergencies in mind. The shovel is able to fold or unfold when the latch on the middle of the shove is pulled. The shovel locks into position once the latch is pressed in like is shown in the photo above. You typically use the shovel by placing one hand on the handle by the scoop and the other hand on the top handle. This shovel is super easy to store and fold/unfold. Check out the below video to see the shovel in action.

Power Foldable Shovel

Power Foldable Shovel – Completely Collapsible Form 26" Overall Length 12.5" Compact Length (Black Color)
  • PERFECT SHAPE FOR SEVERAL USES: Compact shape makes this a perfect tool for a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and gardening. Super easy to store due to the small dimensions and its format.
  • IT FITS EVERYWHERE: The Power Foldable Shovel folds nicely into included carrying pouch, making it easier to transport in bags, toolboxes, backpacks, cars, etc. It is available and ready to be used in a simple adjustment.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS: Includes a PP blade (9.6” x 11.2”) with aluminum edge and reinforced ribs. The handle and head are connected by screws. D shaped grip makes the use much more comfortable. Perfect for your needs!
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The Power Foldable Shovel folds down to a nicely compact 12.5 inches from 26 inches at full extension. It would be difficult for most people not to be able to accommodate this shovel in their car space. This is mostly made from a durable plastic with strip of metal at the blade. The shovel comes with a nylon bag for protection while stored or for easier carrying. We put this shovel on our list of best car snow shovels for its ability to scoop a large amount of snow in comparison to several other car shovels.

Suncast SCS300 Automotive Snow Shovel

Suncast SCS300 11-Inch Automotive Snow Shovel with Telescoping Handle
  • Suncast 11-inch automotive snow shovel with telescoping handle
  • Handle is 1-1/8-inch diameter poly-coated ribbed steel core shaft with resin sleeve
  • No-stick graphite blade
  • Features snap lock fasteners and D grip
  • 11-by-13-inch blade with overall length of 30- or 36-inches

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This shovel has the ability to compact down to 29 inches and extend to over 36 inches via a handle telescope feature. This is one of the bigger shovels on our list so you should  make sure you have the room for it in your car before you consider buying it. The blade is 11 inches by 13 inches, which provides nice room to quickly shovel yourself out of a snowy mess. The blade is made from graphite and the handle is manufactured out of poly-coated ribbed steel core shaft with a resin sleeve.

Hopkins SubZero 17222

SubZero 17222 Heavy Duty Aluminum Emergency Shovel
326 Reviews
SubZero 17222 Heavy Duty Aluminum Emergency Shovel
  • Heavy-duty aluminum construction for demanding jobs and maximum durability
  • Handle extends to 30 inches for a long reach
  • Collapsible for easy and convenient storage
  • Dual-function design makes this a must-have item for ultimate safety in winter conditions
  • Available in assorted colors

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The Hopkins SubZero is a durable aluminium shovel that would make an excellent addition to your car winter survival kit. As you can see in the photo, it can collapse to a relative small size. The shovel extends to 30 inches to provide a decent length for emergency shoveling. It can adjust to a side-mount position where the shovelhead is at about a 90° angle to the handle. This allows the user to more easily clear snow from under their car. You can purchase this shovel in your choice of blue, red, or green.

Pinty Aluminium Lightweight Utility Shovel

Pinty 26-32 Inch Aluminum Lightweight Utility Shovel Adjustable and Collapsible Winter Snow Shovels for Car Camping Garden (Red)
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS: Built with high-quality aluminum and made to last with superior performance in rust-resistance & anti-deformation, ideal for digging out a car, truck, SUV, recreational vehicle, or snowmobile etc.
  • ADJUSTABLE & COMFORTABLE DESIGN: The ergonomically designed shovelhead measuring at 11” x 8” ensures a larger digging volume while the adjustable handle can be modified to lengths between 26” and 32” to accommodate a variety of users!
  • SIMPLE ASSEMBLY: 3-piece construction for easy assembly and disassembly, ready to use in less than 5 minutes!
  • COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT: Our snow shovel can be retracted to 26” x 8” and is incredibly light weighing only 1.8lbs, so you can take this with you anywhere and store it easily on the go!
  • FOR ADVENTURE & EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: Whether you are embarking on a wilderness adventure or preparing for emergency situations, make sure you’re ready for anything with this Snow Shovel!

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Here is another lightweight aluminum shovel that disassembles into three pieces for convenient storage. A nice feature of this shovel is that the handle length can be adjusted from 26 inches to 32 inches based on your preference. Most users will have little trouble handling the weight of this shovel at 1.8 pounds. The shovel head measures 11 inches x 8.3 inches. Yes, this is not the largest of the shovels featured, but it will likely have no trouble with many tasks you put in front of it.

Car Snow Shovel Q&A

  • Do I really need an emergency snow shovel for my car?
    • Most people have ample room in their car to store a snow shovel through the winter. Why risk getting stuck, when you can buy a quality and relatively inexpensive car snow shovel in case of an emergency where you need it.
  • Is a car snow shovel just as good as a traditional snow shovel in terms of performance? 
    • The idea of a car snow shovel is to have a practical way to dig yourself out in an emergency. A traditional shovel is typically consider a better option in terms of overall performance, but most people realistically can’t or don’t want to store a full-sized shovel in their car. The compact size of a car snow shovel greatly reduces the burden of having to store it in your car.
  • Can I use my portable car snow shovel as my primary snow shovel?
    • It is probably not a good option for most people due to its small size. Most people will be better off using a traditional snow shovel for clearing off their driveway, sidewalks, etc. because they are much better designed for long-term use.