Winter tires have better grip than all-seasons. But only if they have enough tread. Newer tires have wear indicators. You can look for those, or try this neat tip using a toonie. If you stick a toonie between the treads and it only covers part of the lettering around the silver part, you probably need new tires.
You should have a few key items in your car for winter driving—a snowbrush/ice scraper, booster cables, a jug of washer fluid with antifreeze, booster cables, an emergency roadside kit, and a bag of kitty litter. Use the latter to provide track if you can’t get moving because your wheels start spinning on a patch of ice.
If you plan on barbecuing over the winter, move your barbecue to a spot that’s close to the door and exterior lights so you minimize the path you have to clear to access it. For other things you might need to access (Bunkie, shed, etc.), plot out the most-direct route to minimize shovelling.
Dig out your snow shovels and ice scraper and repair or replace as necessary. Store at least one by any entrance doors you use in winter. Also stock up on salt or ice melter and keep it handy.
If you have a snowblower, give it a little TLC. Empty the fuel tank and install fresh gas. Tighten all cables and bolts, and inspect the auger for wear. If you have a battery powered blower, make sure your batteries are fully charged.
If you have a flat roof or roof with a shallow pitch, you should keep in mind the snow load. If you’re not able to monitor and remove it yourself, you can hire a local service company that will track snowfall in your area and clear your roof as needed.