10. Keep emergency supplies in the car
A blanket, gloves, a first aid kit, and a spare cellphone battery are your bare minimums here, but you should also have a battery jumper, and, depending on how much snow you’re likely to face, a shovel and kitty litter, to help get you out of any unusually deep snow banks.
11. Blast the undercarriage with water
As often as you can, use a strong jet of water to blast out all the road grime you’re collecting from the slush. If there’s salt in there, or worse yet, magnesium chloride, it will corrode any exposed steel. You want to get it out of there ASAP to avoid serious damage.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. He was once stuck on a sheet of ice so badly that he was able to let out the clutch, in fifth gear, then get out of the car to watch the wheels spin. He didn't reach his destination that day.