If you have checked the weather and you decide to drive, let someone know what your travel plan is. In the event that you become stranded in unfamiliar surroundings, do not leave your car. Light flares in front of and behind the car and check to make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
While you are driving, remember: accelerate and decelerate slowly; increase your normal following distance; if possible, do not stop when driving uphill; keep your gas tank at least half full; do not use cruise control in wintry conditions; and look and steer in the direction you want to go.
Despite your best efforts, things can still go wrong. In the event that something unfortunate does happen, make sure you have the following items in your car at all times: tool kit; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; jumper cables; shovel; properly inflated spare tire with wheel wrench and tripod jack; bag of salt or cat litter to melt snow or for better tire traction; tow and tire chains; matches in a waterproof container; compass; high-energy, nonperishable foods like hard candy, dried fruits, or nuts; windshield cleaner; blankets, mittens, socks, and hats; and scissors and cord or string.