The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) places equal odds that there will be less — or more — snow in Maryland and the rest of the Northeast this winter. While a temperamental El Nino temperature pattern fluctuates in the Pacific, Maryland drivers need to plan ahead for staying safe in any kind of winter driving conditions.
During winter months, we often work with clients injured on slippery roads or by drivers going too fast for existing conditions. Avoiding an accident is easier than recovery from one. Extra time taken preparing for inclement conditions can literally save your life.
Consider these tips for staying safe on the road:
- Keep your car maintained. Ensure lights, tires, brakes and engine are in good repair. Keep blankets, flashers, winter boots, gloves, water, food and a cell phone in your car. Keep your gas tank topped off in case of unexpected detours or delays.
- Drive slow or just don’t go. Few trips or errands are actually necessary in hazardous conditions. Only a real emergency is reason to brave a dangerous winter storm.
- Don’t tailgate. Leave room between you and other vehicles, especially trucks and snowplows. Wet roads are dangerous whether it is snow, ice or wet leaves. Overpasses and bridges freeze faster that roadways and pose a slippery risk.
- Know where you are going. Plot alternative routes if you suspect or encounter road closures or traffic jams.
Winter is a beautiful and treacherous time of year. Plan before you drive to keep you and your family safe. And if you are injured in an accident caused by another, be sure to give our office a call so we can advise you about your next steps.