Winter weather is often unpredictable. You may get to your friend’s country house but a storm can drop feet of snow in just a few hours. You need to shovel it and clear the road ahead of you. Store a shovel that can handle hard packs. It will help you to dig out in a pinch. Keep at least a broom in the car if even the smallest shovel occupies a lot of space. The process of sweeping the snow away with a broom is slower but just as effective.