Here are some tips for safe travel in bad weather.
Before you leave:
• Check the local forecast through the media, which would announce closures, updates or locations to avoid.
• Check for weather-related road conditions through the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety at www.dps.state.ok.us or call toll-free (888) 425-2385 or locally 425-2385.
• Make sure you have plenty of fuel. A good rule of thumb is to keep your fuel tank at least half full, as you may have to change your route.
• Notify a friend or family member of your planned route and when you expect to arrive.
• Bring a cell phone with emergency numbers, including a roadside assistance number. In case of emergency, you can reach the Oklahoma Highway Patrol by dialing *55 or 911.
Driving rules to live by
• Take it slow in ice or snow. If possible, limit travel during the storm.
• Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
• Remember that bridges and ramps will be the first to freeze and be aware of black ice in those areas.
• Remember that snow and ice make stopping distances much longer.
• If your vehicle slides, steer in the same direction you are sliding and take your foot off the gas and brake.
If you are stranded
• Call for help and wait until it arrives. Stay in your vehicle with the doors locked.
• If you can still maneuver your vehicle, park clear of the travel lanes and downwind of exhaust fumes.
• Attach a brightly colored tie to the antenna and turn on your flashers so rescuers can see your vehicle.
• For heat, run the vehicle in sort intervals to conserve fuel but be careful of exhaust fumes. Crack a window open to vent any built-up carbon monoxide. Check to make sure ice and snow haven’t covered or clogged your tail pipe so dangerous fumes don’t build up in your car.
• If your vehicle is in contact with a power line, stay inside and warn others not to touch the car or the power line. If you must leave, jump clear and roll away from the car to avoid touching the car and the ground at the same time.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Transportation