Yes, I AM channeling your mother.
Before you all set out to travel for the holidays I would like to remind you to be sure to:
1. Have a car cell-phone charger.
2. Have your car's routine maintenance done before you leave-- and be sure your defrost, wipers, and all lights are working.
3. Bring blankets, snacks, and bottled water.
4. And of course, you should already have: flares, a spare, and a jack.
And don't forget to wash behind your ears!