1. Keep important essentials in your trunk: blanket & extra clothes, flashlight (and extra batteries), car cell phone charger, jumper cables, a first aid kit, shovel & ice scraper, and water/snacks.

2. Make sure to keep your fuel tank full. You never know when you might get stuck in winter weather traffic and the last thing you want is to run out of gas in a traffic jam.

3. Have your car inspected and equipped for winter. Make sure that the brakes are in good shape and that all your car’s hoses are leak-free. Ensure that all fluids levels are good, consider using a winter weight oil, and check with your mechanic about weather-specific tires.

4. Before embarking on a trip, make sure that your cell phone is fully charged and that you have checked road conditions. Also, it is a good idea to tell a family member or friend your itinerary: when you’re leaving, when you plan to arrive, and what route you will be taking. This way, if you encounter difficulties on the road, someone outside the car will know how to find you.

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