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Your should have all of these items (above) in your trunk for safe winter driving - plus your cell phone and a real  spare tire! 

Car Emergency Kit

Driving in Bad Winter Weather – Part 2


I drive kinda recklessly, I take a lot of chances, I never repair my vehicles, and I don't believe in traffic laws. ~ George Carlin


The first step to knowing how to drive in winter weather conditions is making sure your car is properly prepared for the snow and ice that can be on the road. Here are 5 winter driving tips to keep in mind as you make you way down the snowy roadway - including an obvious suggestion about cruise control. (Duh!)  Here's another Canadian checklist of 5 driving tips for safe motoring in winter weather. 

I don't know about you but I hate driving in the cold, snow and ice of winter; I'm never truly comfortable behind the wheel during winter weather conditions. Here's another checklist of winter driving tips for snow and winter trips from the experts at AAA. Follow them and you'll have a little peace of mind on your journey driving in winter.

You wouldn't catch driving in an isolated spot like the one in the photo in this article about driving in the snow and ice without having a car accident  crashing your car or buying a bunch of junk you don't need. But what you should definitely need to have in your vehicle is an emergency kit stashed in your trunk for just in case.

Who knows more about driving than truckers who typically log hundreds of miles on their vehicles every day. I like this checklist of 12 tips for bad weather driving that are good for any driver of any vehicle to follow when driving in bad winter weather conditions. Above all else, keep safety in mind first by slowing down when driving in snow and ice.

They're gone from public radio, but these 7 bad weather driving suggestions from the always entertaining Click and Clack (Car Talk) are part of a treasure trove of fabulous advice for winter car care and keeping your vehicle running well on the road. Really miss these guys.

Let's face it - the best way to learn how to drive in winter weather is to practice. So try to find an empty parking lot to discover how to handle your car in the snow and ice. This video demonstrates some good techniques to follow and think about before you get behind the wheel. Be safe!

Back to: Driving Techniques

* Icy, Slippery or Snow Covered Roads
* Driving in Bad Weather – Part 1
* Driving in Bad Weather – Part 2
* Driving in a Blizzard
* Driving in an Ice Storm (video)
* Driving in Fog
* Handling a Skid
* Handle a Skid on Snow or Ice (video)
* Skidding To Make a Turn?

No matter how well you plan, stuff can happen when you're driving your car or truck in the winter's cold. Best to have these items in your trunk just in case that emergency crops up.


 Coolant


  Oil 


  GPS 


  Duct Tape



 Car Emergency Kit 



Jack



  Cell Phone


Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer. ~ Plutarch, Moralia