(NC) With the cold closing in, it’s important to understand the risks freezing weather can pose to your home, yard and vehicle. Beyond topping up on anti-freeze and switching your tires, there are several things you can do to prepare yourself for winter driving.

“Being prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit, snow removal tools and a battery-powered phone charger can provide security for yourself or others should your vehicle break down in a remote area during cold weather,” says Lisa Purves, director of personal lines at Intact Insurance.

You can’t always predict a turn in the weather and its consequences. Warm clothing and blankets are essential items to keep handy for emergency situations. Standard items like scissors, bandages and a flashlight mean you are prepared for a potentially extended wait for help.

Along with equipping yourself for winter, you can also outfit your vehicle with jumper cables, de-icing salt and ropes, which may be what you need to get un-stuck from a patch of ice.

Whether you’re heading out on a short journey or long winter road trip, make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.