While it is strongly advised to stay inside if possible due to potential ice and severe winter weather conditions on the roads, here are some tips if you absolutely must leave your home today.
Christine Delise, from AAA Mid-Atlantic, shared some advice to help you stay safe while you are out behind the wheel in the snow.
First, motorists must decrease their speed and increase their following distance. It takes vehicles longer to slow down or come to a complete stop on icy roads, Delise said.
Break gradually and avoid slamming on the breaks because the vehicle can spin out of control.
Maintaining control of the car is more difficult when on ice covered roads, if you find yourself skidding, ease off of the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
Newer cars might have an anti-lock breaking system, if you do, don’t remove your foot from the break pedal.
Before heading out, ensure that you have an emergency car kit. Things to include is reflective wear or flares you can set out on the road if you have to stop or get stuck. Also keep warm clothes and a blanket in your car to stay warm if stuck and waiting for assistance. Call AAA if you get stuck and have a membership.
For those that do not have a AAA membership, you can dial #77 on the interstate for help in Maryland.