The winter chill is in the air, and for Maryland residents this means the possibility of snow and icy roads in the coming months. Winters in Maryland can make driving conditions very difficult for motorists, which places extra demands on both your vehicle and driving skills, so being prepared for the unpredictable conditions can help keep you and your passengers safe this holiday season and beyond.
The following are tips to help you safely navigate icy roads:
- Make sure your vehicle is prepared. Getting your vehicle ready for winter is imperative, so make sure to get a maintenance check-up that includes having your belts, battery, hoses, oil, and wipers checked. Also, be sure to have your tires inspected.
- Before you start your car … clean all ice from the roof, windows, lights, and mirrors. To ensure you have good visibility, wait for the fog to clear from interior windows before you begin your trip.
- Put together a winter survival kit. In the unfortunate event you find yourself stranded, having a winter survival kit can help you be prepared. Some recommended items are: a first aid kit, ice scraper, blanket, flashlights, road flares, small tool kit, and non-perishable foods.
- For a longer road trip … plan ahead of time, and make sure to check weather conditions before heading out on the open road. Also, allow yourself extra travel time.
- Remember winter driver safety. Don’t follow the car or truck in front of you too closely as snow covered roads means it takes vehicles longer to stop. Adjust your driving for the weather conditions, so slow down if there’s low visibility or icy, slippery roads. Lastly, drive defensively since winter weather makes for unpredictable driving conditions.
Even if you take the necessary safety precautions before you are in the car and while behind the wheel it does not mean others drivers do, which ultimately endangers other motorists. If you have been involved in an auto accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, the MD car accident attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help. Please call (844) 632-7274 for a free case evaluation.