TULSA - There are many hazards and dangers lurking on the highways and byways, especially in the winter time when black ice and snow become added problems.
In order to make sure you are safe when driving in the winter, it is important to make sure your vehicle is in proper condition.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests you have an emergency kit in each car that includes:
The National Weather Service explains that reliable transportation is especially important in the winter.
If you have a car, make sure it is ready for whatever winter may bring. The following precautions may help you avoid an unpleasant or dangerous situation while traveling.
The NWS suggests getting your car fully inspected - especially brakes, antifreeze, tires, and the fuel system. It is also a good idea to make sure your gasoline tank is full whenever possible to keep your fuel line from freezing.
Beyond car service, it is also important to know how to properly drive in hazardous conditions, like ice and snow.
If you have to use your vehicle during a winter storm be sure to plan your route and travel as little as possible. When driving in winter weather slow down and increase your following distance.
FEMA also suggests you to:
The braking distance for road surfaces with rain, snow, and ice can be from three to nine times greater than stopping distances on dry, clear roads, according to the NWS.
Icy conditions may also obscure lane marking and traffic signs.
Also, be advised that bridges and overpasses freeze before roads do, so keep this in mind when traveling, and stop gradually. Do not make any sudden moves with the steering wheel, brakes or accelerator.
The NWS suggest that motorists stay off the roads when winter weather warnings or advisories are issued.
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