Winters aren’t as severe in Oklahoma as in other parts of the country, yet every year hundreds of drivers around the state find themselves slipping, sliding or — worse yet — involved in an accident. By following a few simple rules of cold-weather driving, you can protect you and your passengers:
- The first step is to ensure that your car is winter-ready. Make sure that your battery is in good condition and that you have plenty of antifreeze and windshield washer fluid. Check whether your tires are properly inflated, and replace worn tires. And if you need a brake job, this is the time to do it.
- Before you set out, determine the conditions along your route by checking with your local weather channel or the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s road condition website.
- It’s what you don’t see that can hurt you: Black ice is especially dangerous because it is so hard to detect. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. Remember that shaded spots remain icy long after the ice has melted on stretches that are warmed by the sun.
- Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.
- Go slow and steady and avoid accelerating or decelerating too quickly, particularly on hills, curves and corners.
Unfortunately, not everybody is as careful as you are. Even in the worst weather conditions, you may encounter drivers who go too fast, follow too closely or are otherwise negligent. If you are in a car accident, get off to the side of the road, if possible, and get assistance. If you are injured, call 911 for immediate medical attention and contact an experienced Oklahoma motor vehicle accident attorney at Stipe Law Firm to ensure that your interests are protected.