If the Farmer’s Almanac has anything to say about this upcoming winter, it’s that it’ll be the worst we’ve seen in a while. But your life doesn’t stop when the snow starts to fall. No, you still need to get to work, got grocery shopping and see family for the holidays. That said, Old Man Winter doesn’t care about any of that, so it’s best to take and be safe.

The first step in safely battling through the impending harsh winter months is being properly prepared. Sure, you’ve got the best AWD system, top-of-the-line winter tires and car control skills worth bragging about, but sometimes the Fates just have it out for you. When that’s the case, you want to be able to rest easy knowing you have the right tools for the situation. Below is a list of essential tools to make your life easier out on the roads this winter.

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Cold Snap Gloves by Carhartt $49

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Jist TX Waterproof Leather Work Boots by Caterpillar $135+

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JNC770R 1700 Peak Amp Jump Starter by Jump-N-Carry $146

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4004 Red Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel by AAA $20

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Subzero 52″ Super Extender Snowbroom by Hopkins $20
Even the Odds with Better Tires

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Every pro driver will tell you a car is only as good as its tires. You can go out of your way to get a car with the best handling and the most intelligent AWD system on the market, but if you can’t put the power down or get traction, all those millions of dollars in R&D are worth nil. Read the Story

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Flat Tire Changing Kit by Spare Kit Compnay $200

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Escaper Buddy Orange Traction Mat by Maxsa $149

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K-Summit Snow Chains by Thule $416

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76-Piece Excursion Road Kit by AAA $60

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300-Watt Magnum Handi-Heat Magnetic Heater by Kat’s $45

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Escape Bivy by SOL $60
And if You Do Get Stuck

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Here are a few tips and tricks that’ll get you and your car out of a snow bank and, hopefully, to work on time. Read the Story