Salt trucks on standby, crews offer tips to be safe on roadways

Road crews truck salt plow

OKLAHOMA CITY – Street crews across the metro are on standby as a cold front begins to push into our state.

Authorities say Oklahoma City’s street crews will be ready to respond to any inclement weather this weekend.

Drivers will begin salting city snow routes once ice or snow begins to accumulate on the roadway or when ground temperatures drop below freezing.

However, they also began pretreating bridges and overpasses with a brine solution early Thursday morning.

About 30 to 34 crews spent the past two weeks servicing their trucks and making sure their equipment is in good working order.

Authorities say they also have about 7,100 tons of salt in stock, ready to go when the weather gets bad.

In a 12 hour shift, a salt truck driver can cover about 200 miles of roadway.

While crews will do their best to keep the roads clear, drivers are also encouraged to take extra precautions throughout the weekend, especially during Friday morning’s commute.

Officials stress the following tips:

  • Use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses.
  • Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Stay home if you can.
  • Remember that posted speed limits are only to be followed during ideal weather conditions. Slow down while driving on snow or ice.
  • Give salt trucks plenty of room. Stay at least 100 feet behind them so salt won’t get thrown on your car.
  • Plan ahead by getting up and leaving the house earlier.
  • Keep at least a three car distance from the car in front of you
  • Steer and brake more slowly than usual.
  • Keep warm shoes and clothes in your car.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle before setting out.
  • Proceed carefully through intersections
  • Have a plan if you slide off the road and know who you are going to call in case of emergency.

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