Winter is in full force in Maryland, which means that a mixture of snow and rain will settle itself on the roads throughout the next few weeks. This can make driving on icy roads not only frustrating but dangerous. Understandably, people want to know how they can make driving that much safer for themselves and others on the road. Thus the following includes a list of ways you can safely navigate the icy roads of winter.
Don’t give up, stay calm
Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents on icy roads falls to drivers panicking. Suddenly sliding on the road can be scary, but you should never give up. Staying calm and accessing the situation places you in a better position to take back control of your vehicle. The following includes a few tips on what to do if you begin to slide:
- Do not accelerate/Allow the car to slow down
- Do not brake suddenly
- Steer slowly towards the direction of the skid
Prepping is key
Perhaps the best thing you can do for your vehicle and your family is to prep your car before the ice begins to settle on the roads. First and foremost, you should take in your vehicle for a tune-up. Items such as wheels, brakes, and your heater will be looked over to ensure that it’s ready for the winter months. You may always want to create a roadside survival kit. This survival kit should include items such as:
- Phone charger/batteries
- First-aid kit
Although there is a lot you can do to prepare for the icy roads, unfortunately, being in an accident is still a very high probability. Thus it is important to also include an attorney into your survival kit as it may come in handy in the event of an accident.