While the recent warming trend is nice, it could also be deceptive - of what could be yet to come.
We really haven't had a good taste of winter yet. Given what happened the previous two winters, we could be in for a good one yet.
That's why it's important to get ready - while you can - and take some winter weather precautions.
First of all, is your car winter ready? We're not talking just antifreeze, but how about those brakes and tires. Will you be able to stop in time or have control driving over ice and snow? If you're in doubt, it's a good idea to get both those brakes and tires checked. It's also a good idea to have your struts and alignment checked too. It could take just a little wobble to make you lose control on an icy road.
If you're traveling any distance, make sure you plan ahead. That means watching the weather report, and if you're taking a long, cross-country trip, why not pick up a weather radio that will give you up-to-date weather forecasts. That's far better than tuning into radio stations and "hoping" you hit one that has a good weather report for its area.
Also pack plenty of cold-weather supplies if you're traveling. Boots, coats, hats, gloves or mittens and a shovel are essential as are some high-energy foods like granola or candy bars if you should get stranded. And make sure your cell phone is adequately charged before setting out just in case you're stranded. Some people like to carry a survival candle as well. They're available at hardware and discount stores and, yes, they do work.
It's a good idea too to tell people you're headed out so they know when to expect you.
A little precaution now can save a lot of pain later.
So please. Beware and prepare.