Cold weather tips

Tuesday, December 6th 2005, 2:19 pm
By: News On 6

Cold temperatures and maybe even some snow are on the way and Green Country drivers should carry certain items in case of car trouble during winter weather.

State emergency workers have put together a list that includes more than 10 different items that could help save your life. How well equipped is your car?

News on 6 reporter Omar Villafranca says when snow falls, the roads around Tulsa can get pretty slick. Even with salt on the road, accidents will happen.

If drivers crash in an area where they can't be seen, the State Department of Emergency Management says drivers should be prepared with certain items.

Drivers should carry a cell phone. Pack a windshield scraper to remove snow and ice. You'll also need blankets to stay warm. An extra set of clothes, including a hat and gloves. Also, don't forget the water and snacks in case you get hungry. Jumper cables and a flashlight can help get you out of a jam.

And don't forget the first aid kit. Sounds like a lot to remember. So who really carries all of that in the back of their trunk?

One woman we talked with did have jumper cables and water, but that's about it. Another guy had one thing ready to go. Ty Copp: "I got my clothes in here. I pretty much have everything I own in here right now except I don't have jumper cables or kitty litter or chains, nothing like that."

We did find one young woman with almost everything in her car. Shea Cramer: "blanket in the back seat, I always have water with me, and I have some crackers back there. Some de-icier and I usually have some ice melt but it's not in there yet."

Shea commutes from Claremore and packs the extras, just in case. Not a bad idea, just in case we get snow this week.