Before You Hit the Roads, Pack A Winter Storm Emergency Kit
It's been awhile since Oklahomans have dealt with a snow storm. So AAA wants to make sure you're ready.
"Even a dusting of snow can make roads slick, and cause problems for those traveling," said Danial Karnes, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. "Now is the time to prepare your vehicle and at the same time, prepare your mind to be ready to drive at speeds that match prevailing visibility, traffic and road conditions."
But if you just have to get out, pack an emergency road kit. So here's what you will need:
You should have blankets
A flashlight with extra batteries
first-aid kit, water, food and snacks
A small shovel, sand and ice scraper
Towels, some extra clothes and gloves
And don't forget your cell phone and charger.
But before you even think of your emergency road kit, don't forget some helpful do's and don'ts when hitting the road:
Prepare your vehicle for cold weather. Check battery, ignition system, lights, brakes, tires, the exhaust system and windshield wipers.
Slow down. When the roads are icy, allow extra time to reach your destination. Rushing creates risk.
Use major routes. After it snows, major roads are cleared and treated first. Avoid secondary roads.
Dress as if you were going to be stranded. It can get very cold in a car on the side of the road waiting for help. Be sure to have extra blankets and insist that children who may be traveling with you have some, too.
Avoid slamming on brakes. Minimize brake use on very slippery, icy roads and hills; if further speed reduction is needed use a gentle and slow brake application.
Avoid changing lanes. On a four-lane highway, stay in the lane that has been cleared most recently. Changing lanes over built-up snow between lanes may cause you to loose control of the vehicle.
Never use cruise control. When driving on any slippery wet, icy surface cruise control prevents you from having total control over your vehicle.
With ABS brakes, don't pump the brake pedal. Apply steady, firm pressure.
Do not drive in four-wheel-drive. It will get you going faster and easier but it does not provide an advantage in stopping.
Do not panic. If your vehicle skids out of control, steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.