Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s over the next few days, and while we are not anticipating any frozen precipitation...yet...it's always a good idea to prepare for the coming winter season.
You're well stocked at home and the office, but what about the car?
It happens to all of us: You are out and about when the first snowflakes fall, or the temperatures have cooled enough to cause some of the rain to freeze on contact with the road. You are stranded and in your car -- what do you do?
You can prepare yourself for the worse ahead of time by packing a winter weather ready kit in your backseat or trunk.
An extra suitcase -- or even one that no longer has working wheels -- makes the perfect "container" for holding your supplies. Pack the suitcase with extra blankets, sweatshirts, and heavy jackets. You also want to make sure that you have plenty of drinking water and food/snacks in your kit in the event that you are stranded in your car for hours.
Keep an extra flashlight (and batteries) for looking around your vehicle after sunset. You may also want to keep a set of jumper cables or a self-contained battery jumper to revive a dead battery (check out Greg Screws' review of the MiniMax in his Deal or Dud segment).
During the worst winter storms, your car may be iced or snowed over. Help your car defrost and melt the layer of frozen precipitation off of your windshields and doors by keeping a spritz bottle mixture of water and rubbing alcohol in your kit. The mixture will help diminish the defrost time on your windshield and make it easier to see through the glass.
Also keep an extra pair of shoes in the back of the car in the event that you will need to walk long distances on the cold and snow. One of the many lessons learned during the Snow Jam of 2014 is that roads quickly become impassible during icy or snowy events, and you want to be able to improvise on your feet -- literally.