Jeremy Thurman on November 26, 2013
The snow has already begun to fall in Oklahoma this winter. As well, Mother Nature has treated us to icy conditions this week, which is especially unfortunate timing as we look toward Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.
Since lots of people are going to be hitting the roads this week, if you haven’t already, remember that a bit of common sense can go a long way if you encounter poor driving conditions or, worst-case scenario, if you become stranded somewhere en route to your destination.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe so that you can get to your holiday celebrations—or wherever you need to go—safely and uneventfully.
First, though you always want to know that your vehicle is in good working order, it’s especially important in the winter. Before you head out, check (or have a mechanic check) to be sure that these components are working and ready:
Second, there are items that you can keep in your car that would be useful in a wintertime emergency:
Third, practice safe driving on icy roads. You can’t wholly prepare to drive on ice when practicing on a dry road, but you can familiarize yourself with standard techniques so that you understand what to do if you’re in a predicament that requires you to act quickly.
Below are some common precautions to keep in mind as you’re driving in poor weather conditions:
Above all, use caution. Remember that even if you’re certain that you know how to handle your car in a skid or other icy-road emergency, the driver in the lane beside you may not. Especially on icy roads, the other drivers have as little control over their vehicles as you do, so keeping a safe distance between vehicles is crucial. And, of course, slow down… if it’s worth getting there, it’s worth getting there in one piece.
From all of us at McIntyre Law, P.C., safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!