While severe snow and ice doesn’t hit around here as much as you might think, with the colder weather approaching it is never bad to be weather aware. Lucky for us, when the roads do get a little slick, the municipalities in our region do an amazing job of clearing snow routes. The routes are usually major thoroughfares that connect to residential streets, so while your cul-de-sac may be full of snow, the Northwest Expressway will be cleared.
Of course it is always advised to just stay inside but if you have to get out, be sure to check the regional snow route map to plot the best streets to take. The City of Oklahoma City also has a great resource page for winter weather you should bookmark. Watch the local news broadcasts as well to see what schools are closed before you send your kid off to the bus stop. The districts have been known to close school even before winter weather strikes, so be sure to keep an eye on the sky and the news broadcasts.
If you come to OKC from an area where you aren’t used to driving in more slick conditions here are some easy driving tips you should follow.
- Keep at least a three-car distance from the vehicle in front of you
- Proceed cautiously through intersections and over bridges and overpasses
- Remove snow and ice from your vehicle before driving to improve your visibility.
- Slow down. Posted speed limits are only for ideal weather conditions.
- Protect your car by staying at least 100 feet behind salt spreaders.
- Keep an emergency weather kit in your car.