Winter weather travel safety tips from AAA Oklahoma

Prepare before leaving the driveway when winter weather makes roads hazardous.
BY STAFF REPORTS Published: February 1, 2011

In extreme winter weather conditions, the best option is to avoid travel if at all possible, said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma.

However, if you must get out, AAA offers some tips.

Pack an emergency road kit that includes blankets, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, drinking water, food and snacks and a cell phone and car charger cord, Mai said. It would also be good to put a small shovel in your car as well as sand or clay-based kitty litter for traction.

Be sure to pack an ice scraper/brush and battery booster cables, towels, extra clothes and gloves.

Mai said some of the winter driving do's include preparing a vehicle for cold weather by checking the battery, ignition system, lights, brakes, tires, the exhaust system and windshield wipers.

Drivers need to slow down. When the roads are icy, allow extra time to reach your destination. 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 and be sure to have extra blankets and insist that children who may be traveling with you have some, too.

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