Maryland drivers will be familiar with harsh winters and dangerous driving conditions. That said, even the most veteran drivers will undergo a slight adjustment period after the first snowfall.
Preparing for winter
It’s important to make sure your car is winter ready before doing any major traveling. Drivers will want to check the air in their tires and check that there’s enough tread for the tires to grip slippery surfaces.
Drivers should keep a glass scraper in their cars to get snow and ice off their windows before driving. You’ll want to prepare for emergencies by stocking your car with spare blankets and warm clothes.
The best way to avoid being stranded anywhere is to always keep at least half a tank of gas in your car. If you find yourself stranded, only run the car in short spurts to conserve fuel.
Basics for driving in the snow
It’s important to take your time driving. Cars don’t stick to the road in slippery conditions either, making it easier for drivers to lose control of their vehicle at high speeds.
Another reason you should go slow is that it will take your car longer to stop on icy surfaces. Even if your brakes are in great working condition, you may still take longer to stop depending on the road you’re driving on.
Drivers should also leave more distance between cars during the winter months. This makes car accidents less likely and gives you more time to stop.
Any driver should know their car’s capabilities as well as their own comfort levels with driving in winter weather. If you feel uncomfortable driving in slick conditions or feel like your car doesn’t perform well in the snow, it may be better to stay home.