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What you need to stay safe on icy roads

Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 08:43:40-05

TULSA, Okla. — The scraping, the scratching, the clawing away at that menacing mist frozen on a windshield can be the least of your worries.

AhToya Horton got the call no parents want to answer, especially on a morning like this.

"She was in a wreck," Horton said.

Horton and her husband rushed to rescue their daughter along the Keystone Expressway after she pin-balled into the guard rail and back across the highway.

"I was scared for her because I know she's not a very experienced driver, even though she's in her 20s, not with this type of weather," Horton said.

Luckily, no other vehicles were involved, no injuries and just a little damage to the car.

But even a little damage, Dustin Harris said can be costly. The vehicle came into Sand Springs Collision Repair. It didn't look like much damage but easily added up to $16,000 or more.

Harris said he expects a business boom after the ice.

"A couple of days after, it we'll be flooded with work," he said.

During a deep freeze, AAA recommends carrying a winter weather kit in your vehicle in case of an accident or car trouble.

That kit should include:

  • fully charged cellphone and car charger
  • ice scraper
  • blanket
  • warm clothing
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • jumper cables
  • reflective triangles or flares
  • shovel
  • paper towels
  • kitty litter. Yes, kitty litter which can give you extra traction when thrown under the tires.

"If you're stuck by the side of the road and don't have heat, you're going to want all those things," Harris said.

AAA said it's incredibly important to guard your car battery against a "COVID curse." Many vehicles have sat idle because of much less travel during the pandemic, meaning batteries weren't charged up while driving.

"They only last three to five years to begin with. So, with these extreme freezing temperatures, we're urging people to get their battery checked by a professional," Harris said.

Because sometimes even the rescuers have trouble during a deep freeze.

"Stay home, if you don't have to leave, stay home," Harris said. "That's the only tip I can give you cause it's dangerous."

Remember, if you have a non-injury accident during operation slick streets, police won't respond. Instead, exchange all important information with the other driver and file a report yourself.

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