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OSDH Provides Tips for Winter Driving Safety Featured

Written by  Saturday, 26 December 2015 23:28
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According to a news release from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The OSHD encourages the public to begin preparation for winter driving safety.


 Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event.


During the winter storm of December 2013, there were more than 400 weather-related collisions and more than 800 injuries reported across the state.


OSDH Emergency Manager Darrell Eberly reminds travelers to check local television and radio reports of weather forecasts prior to making travel plans, and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings mean.


“It’s a good idea to minimize travel during hazardous conditions,” said Eberly. “If you have to travel, it’s important to ensure your cell phone is fully charged, keepemergency supplies in the vehicle, and let friends or relatives know about your travel plans.”


Recommended supplies include:

Booster cables
Sand or cat litter for traction
Battery-powered radio
First-aid kit


Officials also recommend keeping the vehicle’s fuel tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.


For travelers who become stranded, it is recommended to stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna, and raising the hood when snow stops falling.


Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local media reports about current watches, warnings and road conditions.

To learn more about weather advisories, visit

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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