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Winter Driving Tips for Maryland Motorists

By: Allan Siegel

This winter – and the Polar Vortex that accompanied it – has been a challenge for many throughout the country. Sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice can create many inconveniences and numerous hazards for motorists and pedestrians alike. Because bad weather and roadway conditions can prove devastating for motorists, local and state safety officials go to great lengths to clear winter roads and to educate the public about safe driving behaviors.

This winter, local safety officials are continuing to remind motorists about safety and winter driving:

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  • Remember a Few Basic Tips – Here are a few tips for winter driving:
    • Keep your vehicle's windows, lights, and mirrors free of snow and ice.
    • Always wear a seat belt.
    • Keep a safe distance when behind other vehicles, more so than usual.
    • Be aware of potentially icy areas, including shady spots and bridges.
    • Stay alert, pay attention, and avoid distracted driving.
    • Snowplows and spreaders should be treated as emergency vehicles. Do not pass them unless absolutely necessary.
  • Make Sure Your Car is Winter Ready – You should always prepare your vehicle for winter by checking the following: brakes and tires, antifreeze and thermostat, battery and ignition system, lights and emergency flashers, heater and defroster, oil, windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid.
  • If Possible, Avoid Traveling During Winter Storms – Safety officials states that roughly 70% of deaths related to snow or ice happen in automobiles. If possible, avoid traveling during winter storms by leaving work early or planning to stay later.
  • Listen to Safety Officials – When local or state officials advise motorists to stay off the road, you should heed their advice.
  • Keep Track of Weather Reports – Weather and road conditions can change quickly, and it is wise to monitor weather reports so that you know what to expect when venturing onto public roadways.

Motorists who remember these safety tips can help keep themselves and others safer on winter roads. Unfortunately, accident can and do occur. When these accidents are caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another motorist, injured victims may have a right to recover their damages by filing a personal injury claim.

If you or your loved one has been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, allow a Maryland car accident lawyer from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to review your case during a FREE consultation. Call (888) 885- 5638 to learn more about your rights.