• Pack a blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, warning flares and a shovel in your trunk. On long trips, it's a good idea to bring food, water and medication, as well.
• Review your owner's manual carefully so you're aware of any special handling characteristics and operation that could affect your car's performance in bad weather.
• If bad weather is forecast, allow yourself extra travel time. Familiarize yourself with directions before leaving home and let others know your travel plans.
• When winter weather hits, take your vehicle for a test drive. Practice driving in an empty parking lot to get used to the brakes, steering and handling.
• Know whether your vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes and learn to use your brakes properly in winter-driving conditions.
• Check your tires for tread and pressure. Also, tires should be rated as "all-season."
• Before setting out on your trip, make sure all snow and ice are cleared off your vehicle, particularly your windows, roof and front and backlights.
For more safe-driving tips, visit www.nada.org.