Safety Tips for Winter DrivingDecember 12, 2018
The first snow came early this year, with some parts of Maryland getting close to 10 inches before Thanksgiving. As a result, first responders were called to various car accidents between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on November 15th. At least two of those accidents were fatal and others resulted in serious injuries. Snow, ice, and freezing rain can cause very dangerous road conditions, so it is very important for all motorists to use extra caution when the temperatures drop. In addition, drivers should keep the following winter weather safety tips in mind whenever they travel.
Everyday Tips for Cold Weather Driving
Whether you are driving to work, school, or are out running errands during the winter months, keeping the following tips in mind will help you avoid accidents, or getting stranded in the cold:
- Make sure that your tires are in good condition, and that they have been properly inflated.
- Do not mix radial tires with other types of tires.
- When warming up your vehicle, make sure the vehicle is outside, or that the garage door is open. Never warm your car in an enclosed area.
- Make sure your gas tank is at least half full. This will help prevent gas line freeze-ups.
- Avoid using cruise control when the roads are icy or slippery.
- If the car begins to slip, always steer in the direction you want to go.
- Wear your seat belt anytime you are in a car.
- Do not drive if you are drowsy.
Safety Tips for Longer Trips
- Before hitting the road, check the weather report for an update on travel conditions. If the weather is expected to be particularly severe, delay your trip until it is safe to drive.
- Have a qualified mechanic inspect your vehicle and ensure it is in good condition to travel a long distance.
- Keep extra blankets, gloves, hats, non-perishable food, water, a cell phone charger, and important medication in your vehicle.
- If you become stranded, do not leave your vehicle. Tie something brightly colored to your vehicle’s antenna as a distress signal.
- Keep ice or snow from clogging your exhaust pipe, as this can cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning if the engine continues to run with a blocked exhaust pipe.
- Only run the engine long enough to prevent you and the other occupants from freezing.
When driving in the snow, it is important to slow down and use extra caution. Apply the brakes slowly and avoid accelerating quickly. When going up a hill, do not stop moving, because once you have lost momentum, it is much more difficult to continue driving up a hill. If snow begins to accumulate, avoid driving if possible. Stay home and wait for the storm to pass, and for the roads to be cleared, before attempting to travel.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Winter-Related Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident during the winter months, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your legal rights are protected. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.