Oklahomans should guard against road emergencies this winter

Hudiburg Nissan and Subaru General Manager Brad Smicklas discusses essential emergency in-vehicle items for Oklahoma's winter weather.
by Paula Burkes Published: January 1, 2014

Q&A with Brad Smicklas

Emergency supplies help drivers

In challenging winter weather

Q: What's the importance of having the right gear in your vehicle during the winter?

A: Roads can be difficult to navigate due to inclement weather, daylight is decreased, visibility can be diminished and below-freezing temperatures take a toll on your car. The odds of having a driving emergency are higher in winter months.

Q: What are the top items that should be kept in vehicles?

A: Blankets can come in handy. Day trippers may not anticipate sleeping in a vehicle overnight, but surprise inclement weather has the potential to leave drivers and passengers stranded for hours. Hypothermia can set in quickly during cold weather, and you may not be able to rely on your car's heater to keep you warm. Also, no vehicle should be without a basic first aid kit. Items to consider including are antibiotic ointment, bandages, burn medication, pain reliever, scissors, antihistamines and gauze. If an accident occurs, the kit will allow you to treat minor injuries and keep you comfortable until help arrives.

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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