Winter is coming. Thankfully, the government shutdown hasn’t closed any skiing resorts or other winter fun places yet, so there will still be plenty to do when the snow starts to fall. Still, the weather can be difficult to manage, especially for winter trips that require driving. It is important for one’s car to be fully loaded and prepared for the cold before the trip begins.

1.Firstly, take the car to a checkup. Make sure the vehicle is properly working before driving it anywhere, especially through potentially snowy mountains. Make sure the roof rack is in good repair as well. It also might be a good idea to change wind washer fluids for the winter, to a type that won’t freeze over. Changing the actual window wipers is good as well. The normal wipers often can’t handle the snow and ice, so maybe change those before going on a trip.

2.Pack emergency gear, such as: snow chains, extra blankets, batteries, a tactical flashlight, ice scraper, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit. Also, bring sunglasses for driving during the day. The glare off of snow can be dangerous to the eyes. In addition, make sure one’s cell phone is fully charged, or bring a car charger. Driving in snow or ice can be very difficult, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

3.Pack warm clothes. Make sure to have fleece tops and bottoms, long underwear, a winter coat, warm hats and gloves, wool socks, sweaters, long pants, snow pants, and winter boots. Unlike in springtime, in winter one has to worry about the cold and the wet, so it is important to bring waterproof boots and coats in order to stay warm and dry. Furthermore, keep some of the warm clothing up front for easy access.

With these three tips, staying safe on winter trips will be easy.