• 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.

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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...