Standing in the sleet or freezing rain isn't the best time to realize that you do not have an ice scraper or your wiper blades are no good.
Take a few basic steps now to prepare your vehicle for winter.
Wipers blades - check to make sure they are not cracked or streaking. Most auto part stores will install them for you.
Battery terminals - your battery has more work to do in the cold. Be sure your terminals are free of corrosion.
Ice scraper - be sure you have one in each car (otherwise your kids will take yours).
Anti-freeze - check and top off. Be sure engine is cooled down before opening.
Wiper fluid - top off and be sure to have extra on hand. You will need it!
Wash and wax - Get a coat of wax on your vehicle after a good washing to protect it from the harsh winter elements.