Winter Weather Wreaks Havoc on Oklahoma Drivers

If you’re hurt in a winter weather-related wreck, call Vassar Law Firm for help with your medical care and car repair.

Last week, it was Atlanta, Georgia. This week — and it already looks like next week, too — it’s Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the surrounding metro area.

Snowy travel and icy roads are causing drivers to slip and slide, leading to both injury and non-injury car crashes. And it’s doubly dangerous to be involved in an accident since the daily temps have been in the bitter cold category, with lows in the single digits and the wind chills measuring in the negative.

Here are some winter weather driving precautions to take, recommended by AAA:

*Check your vehicle’s battery strength. At 0 degrees, a good battery has 35 percent less starting power.

*Park your vehicle in the garage. If you have no garage, put a tarp over the hood or park protected from prevailing winds.

* Keep the gas tank at least half-full to avoid fuel-line freeze-up.

*Be sure your vehicle has a winter survival kit, including ice scraper and brush, snow shovel, tire traction material such as sand or cat litter, food and blanket, jumper cables, cell phone and cell phone charger, flares or reflective triangle, flashlight, boots, gloves and hats.

Before driving, follow these tips:

*Clear snow and ice from vehicle, including hood, roof, trunk, front and back windshields, headlights and tail lights.

*Go slow — slow down when visibility and road conditions are impaired.

* Anticipate danger — be ready for ice on bridges, hidden lane markings, stalled cars and poor visibiity. Increase following distance between vehicles.

*Put the lid on skids — ease off the accelator and don’t lock up the brakes. Carefully steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go and straighten the wheel as soon as the car begins to go in the desired direction.

* If you must travel and become stranded, stay with your vehicle. It provides shelter from the cold and makes it easer for rescuers to locate you. Make sure your exhaust pipe is snow free.


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