The Great American Road Trip is one of modern life's great pleasures—on that, we can all agree. Packing up the car and hitting the road—not because we have to, but because we want to—is a blessing that plenty of folks all over planet Earth can only dream about.

Driving for pleasure always requires certain perks, like audiobooks and the right travel mug. But the wintertime road trip provides a special set of challenges for both driver and vehicle. You both have to be prepared for slippery pavement, obscured vision, and other hazards inherent to driving in snow. And if you do have an emergency in inclement weather, you've also got to be prepared to hunker down inside a possibly cold vehicle for a while—perhaps hours. How can you and your passengers stay as safe and comfortable as possible on a long winter road trip? We've got some suggestions.

Driving-Gear Gifts for Your Favorite Road Warriors

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