The major cold snap sweeping the country is making driving a challenge from coast to coast.

Smart travelers should be prepared for a variety of emergencies and keep a number of items in their trunk just in case an accident occurs or they're unexpectedly delayed on their trip. With wind chills hovering in the negative numbers from the Midwest to the Northeast, getting stranded can quickly become a dire situation.

Here are some basic preparations every driver should take before heading out.

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