Are you elgibile to renew by mail? If your answer to these five questions is yes, then you can! You have your passport in your possession to submit wth yout application. It's undamaged other than normal wear and tear. It was issued when you were age 16 or older. It was issued within the last 15 years. It was issued in your current name or you can document your name change.
When you're stuck in ice or snow, grab a bag of kitty litter from your trunk and sprinkle it in front of your tires. The grains act like gravel, giving you just enough traction to get back on the road.