• Have your battery, tire pressure and antifreeze checked.
  • Make sure your wiper blades and tires are built to handle winter weather.
  • Create a safety kit so you can stay safe while you're treading through the snow.

Three years ago, I was a graduate student in Missouri, and I was bracing myself for an impending snowstorm -- something that is a rarity in my home state of Oklahoma. I bought a heavy coat, boots, wool socks and even a cute, furry hat to sport around campus. Unfortunately, in the midst of shopping for myself, I forgot to shop for my car. A couple days later, I found myself struggling to get home in six inches of snow. I had little to no gas, my phone's battery was low and I only had a few bags of candy in the car to keep myself full. It took me six hours to get to my apartment, which was less than a mile away. Since then, I've taken winter weather more seriously and have taken the steps to make sure I'm ready for snow, ice and whatever else the season throws my way. Here's a lis...