Real winter came right after Christmas. As severe weather persists in the southeastern U.S. Monday, snow and sleet will slick the Upper Midwest. Oklahoma had heavy rain causing flooding on Saturday and snow on Monday. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews urge drivers to check weather conditions before travelling.
Here are some guidelines that can help you stay safe when driving in adverse winter conditions:
- Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperatures and wintery conditions like snow and ice. Keep your equipment properly maintained and include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt.
- Clear snow and ice off your car – including windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk.
- Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility.
- Know how to brake on slippery surfaces. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes operate much differently from those that do not have anti-lock brakes. You should consult your vehicle's owner's manual for instructions on how to brake properly if your vehicle should start to skid.
- Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
- Keep your windshield washer reservoir full, and make sure your car has wiper blades that are in good condition.
- Reduce your speed and increase your following distance as road conditions and visibility worsen.
- Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are commonly the first areas to become icy.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).