Winter is here in Oklahoma City, and while we usually don’t see a lot of snow, we always see some, as well as several days a year when the temperature fails to rise above freezing. Wintertime means winter driving, which can be dangerous. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 1,300 people are killed each year and more than 116,000 are injured in traffic-related accidents that occur on slushy, snowy, or icy roadways. Read on for more information about preparing yourself for winter driving in Oklahoma City.
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Preparation means planning ahead and it is definitely a good idea when it comes to winter driving. Before you hit the road this winter, make sure you do the following:
Pack a winter driving kit in your car that includes winter car care items such as:
These items will not only help you stay warm and focused while driving in cold temperatures, but could also potentially save your life if you end up in a car accident in the middle of winter.
It is important heading into the winter months to do routine maintenance on your car to ensure that it is in proper working order. Some of the areas you should pay close attention to include:
You should also ensure that your tires have good tread for the winter conditions. Be aware that cold weather will reduce your tire pressure, so you should check it regularly through the winter months.
The safest place to be during a winter storm is at home. However, if you simply must go out, there are a number of things you should do in order to help your journey be a safer one:
While preparation can increase your safety when driving during the winter months, it won’t make other drivers more prepared or less careless. If you have been injured by a careless or reckless driver, The Wolf Pack™ at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys can provide guidance as to the legal options that can help you obtain compensation for the expenses and impacts your injury has caused. Contact us by calling (405) 218-9200 or fill out our online form to schedule a case evaluation.