Steve Clark and Associates

Proudly Serving The Greater Oklahoma City Area

Winter snow and ice storms can be challenging for residents of Oklahoma, bringing with them extended cold temperatures that can interrupt critical business operations and municipal services and cause tragic accidents. The key to combating severe winter weather is creating a plan of action that better protects your safety, also preparing your vehicle for winter storms.


Personal Safety

Winter Storm Survival Kit

  • A cell phone with an extra battery and charging cable!
  • If you don’t have a cell phone, get a two-way radio
  • Windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal
  • Several blankets or sleeping bags
  • Rain gear and extra sets of dry clothing, mittens, socks, and a cap
  • Non-perishable snacks like canned fruit, nuts, and other high-energy “munchies.” —-Include non-
  • electric can opener if necessary.
  • Several bottles of water. Eating snow will lower your body temperature. If necessary, melt it first.
  • A small sack of sand or kitty litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats.
  • Automotive jumper cables
  • A first-aid kit
  • At least 1 quality flashlight with extra batteries
  • A brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna if you get stranded.
Winter Storm Survival Kit Should Have a Cell Phone Battery Charger

Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Storms.

Oklahomans must prepare for winter weather when our weather begins to turn cold. Getting ready involves more than going to the grocery store. Drivers across Oklahoma need to ensure their vehicles are in good condition.

Putting together an emergency kit for your vehicle is also a good idea.
Some items include a windshield scraper, first aid kit, flashlight, water, nonperishable snack foods, blankets, gloves, socks, and jumper cables. Most items can fit into a small plastic container that will keep them organized and handy if needed. Finally, if you get to your car and it’s covered with snow and ice, remove it before driving.

If you’ve lived in Oklahoma for a while, you know the weather can change quickly. So being organized and ready ahead of a storm is a better plan than waiting until the last minute, and there is now a half inch of ice covering the outdoor surface.

Clearing off your entire front windshield, side, and back windows is imperative. Scraping just a tiny spot to see through is not safe for you or others on the road. You must have a clear view through the windshield and windows.

When your windshield is covered with frost, snow, or ice, it is not the ideal time to discover your windshield wipers do not work. However, the wipers can be replaced with little expense and make a big difference when driving on the road. Windshield wiper fluid should contain a deicer and check the coolant fluid levels need to be checked. Coolant is commonly called antifreeze. It helps cars run appropriately in colder temperatures.

Typically, Oklahoma winters are somewhat mild compared to other parts of the country, but we all know how quickly storms can move in and make travel dangerous.

When preparing Your vehicle for winter storms, it would be very wise to take your vehicle to a trustworthy mechanic before the snow starts falling. This could save your life, by finding a possible condition that could cause your vehicle to break down.

Get a good waterproof LED Flashlight

Check Your Tires

It is essential to check your tire pressure once a month because it can quickly drop from exposure to colder conditions. In addition, when traveling or living in an area predisposed to extremely harsh weather, you may need snow tires with more treads that can withstand extreme temperatures.

Get Your Vehicle Battery Tested

When you live in an area that drops below 32°F (0°C) during the winter months, your vehicle may not start at some point. In addition, the cold can have a destructive effect on our batteries, so make sure your car battery is ready.

Having your battery tested during inclement cold weather is necessary due to decrease battery capacity. Parking your vehicle in a garage can help to preserve the battery life.

A maintenance check on your vehicle is essential, especially before the cold weather. The battery and cabling should be inspected and tested to ensure everything is properly working. The battery cables should be secured tightly to the hold-down bar and cleaned. Many repair shops, battery retailers, and auto part dealers can inspect and measure accurately for specific gravity and battery voltage.

Make Sure Headlights And Tailights Work

Have your brake lights and headlights inspected to ensure they are in working order? While driving through heavy snow or dense winter fog, you need to be sure other drivers on the road can see you.

Regularly Replace Worn Windshield Blades

You may need winter or rubber-clad blades to manage ice accumulation in a cold climate. In addition, you will need plenty of windshield washer solvent for winter weather and an ice scraper.

Check Your Cooling System Regularly

Flush and refill your car scars cooling system; also, be sure the engine has been completely cooled before removing the radiator cap.
Carry Glycerine for De-icing Frozen Door Locks. Sometimes freezing weather can cause door locks to freeze. Forcing a door lock to open by using a car key can break the key. That is why it’s a good idea to carry glycerine, which is used for de-icing.

Sadly, thousands of people are seriously injured in car accidents yearly, and thousands more lose their lives. While some car accidents result from bad weather and hazardous road conditions, most are caused by the negligence or recklessness of one of the drivers.

We at the Law Office of Steve Clark & Associates know how to investigate cases thoroughly to pursue appropriate compensation for our client’s medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of wages from an injury, and pain and suffering. For example, suppose a loved one has been killed in an auto accident. In that case, your family may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, loss of companionship, and other personal or financial losses you have suffered. We understand an auto accident’s severe impact on a family, and we are here to help.

Please call our office: 405-235-8488 or send a message and Steve and his staff can help you.

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