With a winter storm just passed, we should all be careful about winter weather, especially when traveling.
First of all, is that trip necessary? If not, don't go. If you do have to go, make sure that you have plenty of gas. If, perish the thought, you should find yourself stranded, you'll want to have enough gas in your car to keep the engine running to stay warm.
Make sure you have adequate winter clothing if you should get stranded. That might be a snowmobile suit, sleeping bag, warm hat and mittens.
Survival candles, available at most hardware stores, are a good idea too. And don't forget the matches.
Also make sure you keep plenty of high-calorie food in your car so you can keep your body temperature from dropping should you get stranded.
Are your tires in good shape? Worn tread can make the difference between staying on the road or not. So have your tires checked before you hit the road.
Always carry a cell phone with a full charge and tell someone where you're going and when you plan to get there.
And carry a shovel so you can dig your way out if necessary.
A little planning now can save a lot of headaches later.
So be safe. Plan ahead.