2015 was the warmest year globally on record and turned out to be the second warmest year on record in US history. Heading into December, 2015 was already the 5th warmest year in US history…which only magnifies how warm this past December was. It was the warmest December on record in US history.
That record warmth came as quite a surprise and, while many enjoyed the milder temperatures, winter storm Jonas came along as a reminder that winter has only just begun and that you should not risk being caught unprepared for freezing temperatures, snow and ice. Indeed, these unusually mild temperatures may have lulled a good many people into a comfort zone where a refresher on winter driving preparation is in order.
First – and most obvious – make sure you’re keeping your speed reasonable and slower than normal on icy, snowy roads. You can’t be in a hurry in inclement weather and defensive driving is crucial to avoiding accidents. In addition, make sure you have a full tank of gas and your antifreeze is fresh and topped off.
The National Safety Council also has a list of recommended items to always have with you for winter storm preparation:
Fully inflated spare tire
Wheel wrench and jack (tripod or other)
Flashlight with at least one set of extra batteries
Blankets, mittens, socks and hats
Tow and tire chains
A Tool kit
First aid kit
Ice scraper and snow brush
Bag of salt for tire traction or melting snow (cat litter works well, too)
Lighter and/or Matches in a waterproof container
Reflective triangles and/or flares
Scissors and string or cord
High-energy and non-perishable foods (unsalted nuts, dried fruits, crackers)
Even a short trip in icy or snowy conditions is a risk. Be prepared and drive carefully. In the event of an accident, if you find yourself injured by someone else’s negligence, contact the experience Maryland personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Put our experience to work for you by calling us today at 1-844-MDCRASH.