2 pointsVehicle condition........ Check fluid levels, lights, horn.......... tires and tire pressure. Look for anything broken, missing, loose, or leaking. Wipers and wiper blades. Make sure your vehicle is up for the trip. You don't want to get stranded and find yourself in an emergency survival situation because of a breakdown. Plan your trip and the roads you'll be driving on. No shortcuts! Stick with the well traveled main roads and highways, that way if you do became stranded your chance of being rescued is pretty damn good. Know what's along the way. Gas stations, rest stops etc. If the weather does start getting really bad, head for one of those places and shut her down for a while. Don't travel in packs....... Keep a safe following distance from others and leave yourself a space cushion. LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT! If someone screws up, you'll be able to stop and avoid becoming a part of a 60 car pile up. Be well rested and take your time.
1 pointI agree with everything PappyHiker said, with 1 caveat. Know your shortcuts, and when to use them. Years ago, I used to drive about 60 miles each way to another state for work. I used a backroad shortcut in most weather, the big roads and interstates in snow. Until I got distracted one winter morning and took my shortcut, which went through an area of ultra rich folks and diplomats. There were plows and sand trucks every half mile, with engines running and lights flashing, every mile, waiting for snow, unlike the normal highway. I cruised through that little winding road in all weather for the next 3 years, even when Rt. 7 was a disaster area.
1 pointI agree with pretty much everything so far. My most useful winter thing so far has been a cheap plastic "kid size" snow shovel. Not as good as a full size one, but better than an e tool, and fits in a small space. Handy for cleaning off the vehicle, if nothing else.