There is a lot to love about the great state of Oklahoma. Our lakes are beautiful, we have gorgeous landmarks, the people are friendly and it is very affordable. But as great as it is, we all know there are things we want to avoid at all costs. Here are a few things that top our list:
1. Toll Roads
By any means, if you can drive on roads that don't have tolls, take them. Some routes across the state can get expensive. You might even consider becoming a "shunpiker" - a person who often avoids toll roads.
If you can't avoid them, at least take shelter from them. Don't be the onlooker who grabs their lawn chair and camera to watch them roll by.
Although hard to avoid in this state, pay attention and dodge them when possible.
4. Shopping Before A Winter Storm
If you delay your trip to the grocery store until after a winter storm has been forecasted, the shelves at the grocery store will look like this.
Stay away from flooded areas, many drownings occur because drivers think they can make it across flooded areas.
6. Venomous Snakes
The Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) is Oklahoma's only poisonous water snake. They travel away from the water, so be aware of them and keep your distance. Their coloration varies quite a bit. Look for other markings to determine if the snake is a cottonmouth, such as a large, triangular head with a dark line through the eye.
7. Road Construction
If it feels like there is always construction in Oklahoma, that's because there is. It can make daily commutes much longer so look for an alternate route.
8. A Longhorn Fan
Oklahomans know we don't go near one of them on football game days...or any day.
9. Grass Fires
These fires can get out of control quickly and can hop across highways. The smoke can also cause low visibility for drivers.