Here in Maryland, we all woke up to a nice blanket of snow on the ground…including the roads. And, unfortunately, the snow plows are just not able to clear each and every street fast enough. So there is a good possibility that you will have to drive on a snowy or icy road at some point today or tomorrow.
Don’t panic. We have compiled a list of driving tips to help keep you safe in the snowy and icy conditions.
Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice
- Leave yourself plenty of room in between you and the car in front of you. It will take you a lot longer to stop in the snow, especially if you begin sliding. According to Weather.com, you should allow at least three times more space than usual.
- Decrease your speed. As we just said, it will take you longer to stop. And the faster you are going, the longer it will take.
- Brake slowly to avoid sliding. And if your wheels start to slide, ease of the brake and slowly reapply pressure.
- When driving on a hill, use a low gear to maintain traction.
If you get stuck in the Snow
- Stop! Do not continue to spin your wheels. This will only make things worse.
- Try turning your wheels back and forth to clear snow away. Then try to see if you can get out. But don’t floor it. Slowly ease onto your gas.
- If this does not work, use a shovel to remove additional snow from around the wheels and pour sand or kitty litter in front of your wheels for traction. Try again.
- If this doesn’t work, call for help.
Hopefully these tips help!
If you have any questions, please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today!
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