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Bitter cold weather making its way into Oklahoma; tips in case of breakdown

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OKLAHOMA – AAA is reminding Oklahoma motorists to keep essential items in their cars in case of a breakdown and to be prepared as bitter cold temperatures come to Oklahoma tomorrow and Monday.

Know your route. Plan in advance how you’re going to get there – gather all the maps and travel information you’ll need.

Leave in plenty of time. The last thing you need is to be “running late” on a car trip.

Stock your vehicle with a winter emergency kit containing ice scraper, jumper cables, warm clothing, flares, sand or kitty litter, blanket, working flashlight, first aid kit, simple tools, snacks, drinking water and a cell phone with a charger cable.

The top reasons for winter breakdowns are dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. Motorists should check the condition of their batteries, tires, fluids and hoses to make sure their vehicles are ready for the bitter cold before heading out.

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Limit distractions in the car, such as cell phone use and texting. When you take your eyes off the road for as little as two seconds, you double your crash risk.

Drive refreshed. Get enough rest before driving and avoid alcohol.

Buckle up and make sure all your passengers are properly restrained with children in age-appropriate child car seats or booster seats.