Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says “Be prepared”
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, particularly for Oklahomans who are accustomed to mild weather during much of the year.
Additional preparations can help make a trip safer, according to Sabrina Mackey, communications manager for the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
“With a little forethought, drivers can be prepared to safely travel through most winter driving conditions in Oklahoma,” Mackey said. “Drivers need to slow down when there’s snow or ice on the road, and they need to take extra time to prepare for inclement weather.”
In order to prepare for winter conditions, a driver should make sure the car battery is charged and tires in good condition. Antifreeze levels should also be checked frequently.
Cars should be equipped with emergency items such as flashlights, jumper cables, snow brushes, ice scrapers and warning devices. For long trips, add food, water and necessary medications. Drivers should always carry a charged-up cell phone.
When driving in ice or snow, allow plenty of slowing and stopping distance. Know what your brakes will do: put constant pressure on antilock brakes, but pump non-antilock brakes. Check your owner’s manual for assistance.
Don’t idle for long periods with the windows up or in an enclosed space.
Always buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
Never mix drugs and alcohol with driving in any type of weather. Also, be aware that drowsy or distracted driving is always dangerous.
“Winter driving in Oklahoma requires additional planning,” Mackey said. “If you’re not prepared, postpone your trip. We want to keep everyone safe during this year’s winter storms.”
For more information on winter driving, visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov. For Oklahoma driving facts, log on to www.ohso.ok.gov.