Driving in snowy weather is “just life” for anyone in Maryland. It’s not feasible to think that you won’t ever have to leave home during winter. Because of this, anyone who drives must take steps to enhance safety before they venture out.
There are several essential steps to take to prepare.
Check your vehicle
Ensuring your vehicle has tires with good tread, bright lights and brakes that can stop the car is essential. You risk becoming stranded because of a snowstorm, so you should also add a winter emergency kit. This should include:
- Flares or reflective triangles
- Shovel for snow
- Cat litter or sand
- Non-perishable food and water
- Blankets and warm clothing
- First aid kit
Remember that if you’re stuck in a snowbank, keep the tailpipe clear so carbon monoxide doesn’t enter the vehicle when you must start it. A snow shovel, cat litter or sand can be used around the tires to free the car.
Give yourself enough time
Make sure you give yourself enough time to get to your destination. It will take longer to get your vehicle moving and to stop. Other cars, including semitrucks, will also need more time and room to maneuver.
Plan your route carefully
Try to stick to roads that are likely plowed. As you venture around the state, remember to give snowplows and salt trucks room to clear and treat the streets.
Despite the best planning for winter weather travel, there’s still a chance that another driver will slam into your vehicle. This may lead to severe injuries that require medical attention. Seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit is possible after this type of crash, but you must act swiftly because of time limits imposed by Maryland law. Seeking legal guidance promptly, therefore, is wise.