Pack a winter emergency kit for your car: flashlight, batteries, cell phone charger, blanket, water, snacks, gloves, boots and a first-aid kit.
Keep your car maintained. Make sure you have enough gas, windshield fluid and antifreeze. Have your brakes checked.
The safest following distance on normal, dry pavement is three to four seconds. On ice or snow, allow eight to 10 seconds of following time.
Keep extra windshield wiper fluid in your trunk, and make sure the wiper blades are in good condition.
If you can’t see a snowplow’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Stay at least 2-3 car lengths behind, and watch for sudden stops or turns.
Don’t forget to clear snow from your vehicle before driving – including the roof. (The drivers behind you will thank you.)
Be extra careful driving on bridges, ramps, overpasses and in shaded areas. They tend to freeze first.
If you get stuck, clear the area around your exhaust pipe, then turn on the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour while waiting for help.