NEW YORK (WABC) -- AccuWeather is all over the blizzard that is set to drop 20 to 30 inches of snow across the New York area, and that means avoiding the roads at all costs. But if you must get into your car, know that driving in snow and ice can be frightening and dangerous. Here are a few things you need to know before you hit the road during a winter storm.
1. Keep your gas tank at least half full. It adds more weight to your car, which can help with traction, and it also helps prevent gas line freeze-up.
2. Pack an emergency kit. Items to include: flashlight with batteries, thermal blanket, a few bottles of water, cat litter (to put under your tires when your car is stuck), hand warmers, small shovel, extra clothing and shoes/boots, whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
3. Remove ice and snow from your car - entirely! It's the law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
4. Use your headlights. It will improve your vision and help other drivers see when you're approaching.
5. Accelerate slowly. This is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.
6. Take your time when approaching a stoplight or stop sign. It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
7. Keep your distance between cars. It's recommended that you double or even triple your normal distance.
8. Don't power up hills. Apply light pressure on the gas before you get to the hill.
9. If your car starts to skid, steer in the direction you want to go and ease up on the gas.
10. Stay home. Unless it's necessary, try to stay off the roads when it's snowing.