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Driving in Snow and Ice: Tips from your Baltimore Auto Mechanic

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Brake slowly to avoid sliding. And if your wheels start to slide, ease of the brake and slowly reapply pressure.
  4. When driving on a hill, use a low gear to maintain traction.

If you get stuck in the Snow

  1. Stop! Do not continue to spin your wheels. This will only make things worse.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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