• Safety Precautions for Winter Driving
  • December 8, 2017
  • As temperatures drop during the winter months, snow, ice, and extreme cold can make driving conditions extremely hazardous. Winter weather puts motorists at a much higher risk of serious car accidents. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), over 1,300 people are fatally injured in accidents caused by snowy or icy road conditions. If you cannot avoid traveling during a winter storm, it is imperative that you take the appropriate safety precautions before hitting the road.

    Have Your Car Serviced
    To prepare for the ice, snow, and cold, it is a good idea to have a qualified mechanic make sure that your vehicle is in good working order and ready for the winter. It is recommended that any necessary repairs be made before driving during the winter months and that the following systems are checked:

    Ignition
    Brakes
    Battery
    Headlights
    Hoses and fan belts
    Tire wear and air pressure
    Antifreeze level and freeze line
    Air, fuel, and emissions filters and PVC valve
    AAA Driving Tips
    Even if you have checked the weather report, a storm can sneak up on you when you least expect it, so it helps to know how to react if you hit a patch of ice, or begin sliding toward another vehicle. The following are winter driving tips from AAA:

    Do not mix radial tires with other types of tires
    Avoid using cruise control during inclement weather
    Increase your following distance
    Accelerate and decelerate slowly
    Steer into the direction you want to go
    Keep your gas tank at least half-full
    Do not stop or slow down when going up a hill
    If you get stranded, do not attempt to push your car out of the snow
    Alert other drivers that you are in distress by tying a brightly colored piece of cloth to the antenna
    Keep an Emergency Kit in the Car
    In case of an emergency, the National Safety Council recommends that you have the following items in the car anytime you drive during the winter:

    First aid kit
    Blankets, extra socks, mittens
    Bag of salt or kitty litter to help melt snow or ice for better tire traction
    Tool kit
    Non-perishable foods like nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy
    Plenty of water
    Jumper cables
    Flashlight with extra batteries
    Ice scraper
    Reflective triangles
    Matches in a waterproof container
    Phone charger
    Shovel
    Spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack
    Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Winter Weather Car Accidents
    If you have been injured in a car accident due to poor winter weather conditions, contact a Baltimore car accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Even if the accident was weather-related, the person who hit you may still be held liable for your injuries for negligent behavior. To schedule a free consultation, call us 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, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, 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.