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Safety Nugget Week of January 22 - Winter Driving Tips< Back to Blog

Jan 24, 2018
By: J. Randall
Categories: Safety

Winter Driving Tips

Last week we had a blast of winter weather.   We have two miles of county roads to travel before getting to a major highway.  We don’t get much traffic on our road so ice can build up pretty quickly. The propane man learned this the hard way.  He was stuck in our ditch until a wrecker could come and pull him out. 

Luckily, the bad weather didn’t last long and I was able to stay off the road.  AAA Oklahoma offers tips for traveling in the winter.

1.   Carry an emergency kit in your vehicle.  The kit should include de-icer, shovel, ice scraper, warning flare or bright triangle, flash light with fresh batteries, first aid kit, jumper cables and sand or kitty litter (for traction).

2.   Make sure you have a blanket, extra gloves and heavy but light-colored jacket, scarf or hat (so you can be seen if you have to get out of your vehicle).  Also, keep winter shoes/boots in car.

3.   Snacks and water in case you have to wait for help.

Additionally, it is a good idea to make sure you have a way to charge your phone and items listed in #2 & #3 to accommodate the people that will be traveling with you.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation provides information regarding road conditions and traffic conditions.  

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