AAA of Oklahoma is asking drivers to get their cars and winter weather kits ready as cold temperatures and ice move into Oklahoma.
Freezing temperatures and ice are moving into the area and with that comes the need to make sure drivers are prepared.
A spokesperson from AAA said drivers should be checking tire pressure, fluids and their batteries before taking even a short drive when planning to head out for the first time in the winter months. They also said drivers should keep essential items in their trunks such as ice scrapers, non-perishable snacks, water, blankets, wiper fluid and even kitty litter to help get a car out of the mud. A flare, first-aid kit, and gloves are also recommended.
Another way to make sure you are prepared are to start your car and let it warm up before you begin your drive to let the engine heat up a bit first. This should be done outside, not inside a garage where fumes can be trapped inside the room.
AAA spokesperson Mark Medeja said that those small precautions are things that need to be done sooner rather than later.
“Whether we want this to come or not, we need to be ready for it because it’s on its way,” Medeja says. “If you look at the temps it’s going to be one of those turn on a dime Oklahoma forecasts.”
Medeja says a winter blend of windshield wiper fluid is a must along with getting your battery level and other fluid levels tested.
To check your tire tread, you can a quarter and put it in the tread. If you can see any part of George Washington’s head, then it’s time to get new tires because the tread is dangerously worn down. An accurate tire pressure level recommendation can also be found listed on the inside of your driver’s side door if you are curious what level is best.
For a complete list of tips and tricks for driving in the winter months visit the AAA website.