For the Van Trapped Family
Ice and slush can make roads slippery and snow can make them impassable, and either might leave you and your car stranded for hours or even days at a time. And that threat is not just limited to states known for harsh winters, if you remember how 2 inches of snow in Atlanta, Georgia, trapped drivers for upward of a day in 2014. If it happens to you, do not head out on foot for help. The car provides shelter, and rescuers are far more likely to find your car than they are to find you. But do turn off the gas, since it won't take long for even a full tank of gas to run dry and because snow can pile up quickly and block the exhaust pipe, sending toxic fumes inside. To prepare for the unexpected and avoid getting stuck in the cold this winter, take stock of our recommendations for items to keep in a car for winter driving — in addition to the emergency supplies that are good to have all year round.