Baltimore Drivers Ranked Worst in the Nation for Driving in SnowMarch 4, 2019
Baltimore is known for its inner harbor, the aquarium, sports arenas, and the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, among other popular attractions. Unfortunately, according to a study by Allstate Insurance, it is also known for having the worst drivers when driving in the snow. The city was ranked last out of 200 cities for driving safely during wintery, snowy conditions. Baltimore was also ranked last in the study’s overall category. All drivers are urged to keep important winter-related safe driving tips in mind, particularly those who live in Baltimore.
Safety Tips for Driving in Snow
It is always better to avoid driving when it is snowing, but if you must drive, be careful and cautious by following these tips:
- Reduce your speed to prevent you from losing control of your vehicle on wet, slippery roads.
- Apply the gas and brakes slowly and remember that it takes longer for your car to slow down on icy roads.
- Increase your following distance. Leave a five to six second distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
- Avoid stopping if possible. It takes more inertia to get your car to accelerate from a full stop compared to speeding up after slowing down.
- Know how to use your brakes. Do not ride the brakes or slam on them. Apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Know how to approach hills. Try to gain some speed before you reach the hill, so that you can use that inertia to help carry you to the top. If possible, avoid stopping at the base or when you are climbing a hill. Your wheels may spin, making it difficult to continue.
Additional Cold Weather Driving Tips
Snow is not the only winter driving hazard. Freezing rain, high winds, and black ice can also make driving during the winter very dangerous. Keep your vehicle prepared in the event you become stranded during the cold winter months.
- Keep extra blankets, socks, and other warm clothing in the car. Also make sure that you have bottled water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a glass scraper, and an extra phone charger in the vehicle.
- Have your car serviced before the winter, and make sure that your tires are properly inflated.
- Make sure that your gas tank is at least half full.
- Do not warm up your car in a garage, or other enclosed spaces.
- Avoid using cruise control if the roads are covered in ice or snow.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Assist Victims of Weather-Related Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident during inclement winter weather, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will determine who caused the accident and hold that person liable for your injuries. Our dedicated team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve and ensure that your legal rights are protected. We will continue to fight for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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