As the dog days of winter approach with snowstorms, nor'easters and blizzards, you know you're going to find yourself driving through it.  It's important that you have everything you need in your vehicle to deal with an old fashion Jersey winter.

These essential items vary from person to person. Personally, I like to keep a pair of gloves under my seat in case it gets too cold. I also keep an ice scraper and a can of de-icer to spray on my windshield. It's also important that your wiper blades are fresh so that you'll always have visibility no matter what the conditions.

I'm also into keeping some food in the car, usually a jar of nuts that I munch on while driving, some water, and of course a working phone. But that's what I keep.

I asked my listeners and social media following what the most important item they keep in their vehicle in case of bad weather:

Gas

Carolyn Ruth DelViscovo

Midwest Model 5600 - 5 Gallon Spill Proof Gas Can Amazon
Midwest Model 5600 - 5 Gallon Spill Proof Gas Can Amazon
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Potato chips

Justin Morris

Lay's Classic Potato Chips, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 64) Amazon
Lay's Classic Potato Chips, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 64) Amazon
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Always keep the tank full!

Melynda B. Ulrich: As a Jeep owner ... we look forward to the snow.

Photo by Brady Cook on Unsplash
Photo by Brady Cook on Unsplash
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Blanket

Deborah Mai

Bedsure Fleece Blanket Queen Blanket Black - Bed Blanket Soft Lightweight Plush Fuzzy Cozy Luxury Microfiber, 90x90 inches Amazon
Bedsure Fleece Blanket Queen Blanket Amazon
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An umbrella

John Kensil

Repel Umbrella Windproof Travel Umbrella Amazon
Repel Umbrella Windproof Travel Umbrella Amazon
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Chains

Carlo Bellario: I keep chains in the car in case I have to put them on my tires if I need to go to Russia and fight Ivan Drago.

Oziel Gómez Unsplash
Oziel Gómez Unsplash
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Gallon Ziplocs

Anita Helene

Ziploc Gallon Food Storage Bags, Grip 'n Seal ,75 Count Amazon
Ziploc Gallon Food Storage Bags, Grip 'n Seal ,75 Count Amazon
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Scott Soffen

Kate Upton
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Twinkies

Scott Randolph

Hostess Twinkies Pack | Original | 3 10-Packs (30 Total) Amazon
Hostess Twinkies Pack | Original | 3 10-Packs (30 Total) Amazon
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Tool kit

Thomas Evans

EFFICERE 40-Piece All Purpose Household Tool Kit Amazon
EFFICERE 40-Piece All Purpose Household Tool Kit Amazon
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Jumper cables

John Skinski

THIKPO G420 Jumper Cables, Heavy Duty Booster Cables with UL-Listed Clamps Amazon
THIKPO G420 Jumper Cables, Heavy Duty Booster Cables with UL-Listed Clamps Amazon
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Protein Bars and water

Chris Canamucio

Gatorade Whey Protein Bars, Variety Pack, 2.8 oz bars (Pack of 18) Amazon
Gatorade Whey Protein Bars, Variety Pack, 2.8 oz bars (Pack of 18) Amazon
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Patrick Ciriello: Me

I know this guy. You definitely want him in your car if you get in trouble!

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