Now that winter weather has officially arrived, is your car stocked with a winter survival kit? Montana.gov has all the information you need. None of us want to get stuck on the side of the road in the winter. Better to be on the safe side.

I think once your car is equipped with the necessities to survive being stuck in the cold, it probably lowers your chances of getting stranded by about 50 percent. (That figure is made up by me).  You know how it works. Well, at least for me.

If you're ready for it, somehow you usually avoid it.

Safe travels this winter season.  Pack your patience people, not everyone knows how to drive in the snow.

1.  Shovel

2.  Rope or tow chain

3.  Sand, kitty litter, or road salt

4.  Extra hat, socks and mittens

5.  Blankets

6.  Flashlight with extra batteries

7.  First Aid Kit

8.  Pocket knife

9.  Snack food

10.  Matches and small candles