Preparing for Winter Weather

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 8:15am

Winter Weather is approaching in Oklahoma and it is time to prepare your vehicle for all the weather can bring. Do you know where your local snow routes are located? Do you know which roads have been closed or unsafe? Do you know which roadways authorities recommending you avoid? What about if you are stranded in your vehicle. Do you know what to do to protect yourself and notify authorities of your whereabouts? We will address all of these topics and more in this article. 

Before you hit the road, be sure to clear all ice and snow from your vehicle. All ice and snow should be cleared from windows, lights, and roof before you begin driving. Remember that chunks of ice can fly off your vehicle and hit other vehicles so, along with your own visibility, it is also essential for the safety of others. Keep your gas tank full and drive slow. Have a fully charged cell phone on hand in case you are stranded.

Drive with your headlights on so other drivers can see you, and be sure to use your low beams. Low beams will minimize glare from the snow and ice on the roadway. And don’t forget! Bridges and overpasses will ice first. 

To check road conditions before you leave call 844-465-4997 844-4OK-HWYS

For information on surrounding states:

Arkansas Department of Transportation | (800) 245-1672

Colorado Department of Transportation | (877) 315-ROAD

Kansas Department of Transportation | (800) 585-7623

Missouri Department of Transportation | (800) 222-6400

Texas Department of Transportation | (800) 452-9292

If you have not prepared an emergency winter kit to keep in your car for cold weather breakdowns, then this is the time to do it. This kit is especially important if you plan to drive during extreme weather events. Your kit should include the following:

  • A cell phone with an extra battery and/or car charger or a two-way radio
  • Drinking water
  • Windshield scraper with brush
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Warm clothing (coat, hats, gloves, scarves)
  • Non-perishable snacks. Include pet food if they will be coming along.
  • Sand, kitty litter or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • A brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna if you are stranded
  • Basic Toolkit

For your convenience, many of these items are available for sale from auto clubs or other online retail stores as “Emergency road kits.” 

FEMA recommends the following if you are stranded:

Stay if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • If you are stuck on the road and/or rescue is likely
  • If a safe location is neither nearby or visible
  • If you are not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions
  • If you do not have the ability to call for help

Go if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • If the distance to call for help is accessible
  • If you have visibility and conditions are safe
  • If you are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions

Put our number in your speed dial today - 405-773-9797.  In case you do have an accident this winter, we can help. We will help get your vehicle back on the road and can even help with a rental car in the meantime.