As advanced motorists we are always trying to keep one step ahead of the game.
All websites are forecasting a bitterly cold night this Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of December.
Although the gritters will no doubt be whizzing round frantically over the next couple of days some of the minor roads may well remain untreated.
Its time to get prepared!
Some motoring websites suggest a huge list of suggested items to carry in your boot. Some of these lists are so extensive we would all need estate cars to carry all the stuff around. However just use your common sense.
Undertaking the simplest of winter checks like anti freeze can ensure your car is ready for the winter. Although the legal minimum tyre depth is 1.6mm is that really safe for winter driving? If you have poor tread you are asking for trouble.
Maybe keep the tank topped up in case you get stuck and need to keep the car running to stay warm.
Over winter I keep a pair of sturdy boots, an extra thick fleece and a small bottle of water in the car. I already have a blanket in the boot to protect it so I can use that as well if needed.
When snow is forecast, then maybe its worthwhile keeping a small bag of rock salt in the boot - particularly useful for those of us with real wheel drive cars.
These are fairly sensible things to carry and shouldn't take up too much space in your boot.
Don't assume that getting stuck will only happen to someone else. Many of you may remember (or indeed been stuck in) the chaos on the A2 last year where hundreds of motorists caught up in the mess.
15 minutes preparing tonight may prove to be time well spent over the next few weeks.