With February and March being the most snow-ridden months of the year, it is crucial that all Maryland residents are prepared to drive in these dangerous weather conditions. Not only do roads become slick when coated with snow and ice, they also pose serious safety hazards if not properly maintained.
While we don’t like to think about it, accidents do happen and we want to ensure that all motorists are prepared for any situation that may arise. Winter weather calls for more than just snow tires and extra antifreeze.
Here at The Yost Legal Group, we want to share a few helpful winter driving tips with you, to help ensure better safety while driving in Maryland. Be prepared in the event of a road block, accident or breakdown.
To keep yourself and others safe, follow these tips recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA):
- Maintain your car. Regularly check your battery levels, tire tread, and windshield wipers. Make sure you can clearly see out of your windows, and that you have anti-freeze fluid in your washer reservoir.
- Be prepared. In the event of a breakdown, you need to be well-equipped. Flashlights, jumper cables, ice scrapers, and blankets are some of the key essentials to keep stowed away in your vehicle. If traveling on a long trip, be sure to have extra batteries, food, water and medication.
- Plan your route. Give yourself extra time to arrive to your destination. Plan to give yourself an additional 30 minutes to arrive safely. Check the weather before getting in your car and travel on roads you are familiar with. Let others know your route and estimated time of arrival.
- Practice safe driving. Be aware that roads are more slick than usual. Drive slowly around corners, and be sure to brake ahead of time since, pumping gently as stopping distances become longer on ice-coated and snowy roads. Give ample space between the cars around you and in front of you when driving in bad weather conditions.
These basic safety tips could make all the difference during the next snow or ice storm. Let’s keep this month a safe one for all motorists on Maryland roads!
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