Winter is here in Baltimore County and this means the roads will be slick with ice and snow. It is at times like this that motorists must be extra careful to avoid causing a car crash. The following are some tips to follow when driving this winter to keep you and others safe.
Speeding should be avoided at any cost, but when winter weather strikes it may be necessary to slow down even if this means driving below the posted speed limit. In addition, when roads are slick it is important to accelerate and decelerate slowly. It can take longer to stop at a stop sign or stop light when there is ice or snow on the road.
Keep a safe distance
It is important not to tailgate other drivers when driving in ice or snow. It is recommended to keep a five to six second following distance. This allows you to have a longer distance necessary should you have to stop without rear-ending the vehicle in front of you.
Approach hills carefully
If you are trying to go up an icy hill, it can be tempting to try to do so as quickly as possible. However, applying extra gas can simply make your wheels spin, and you could even roll down the hill and into another car. Instead, try to build up inertia on a flat surface before going up the hill, and let the inertia take you to the top of the hill. Once at the top of the hill, take the necessary steps to try to go down the hill slowly to avoid crashing into another vehicle.
Seek assistance if you are injured in a wintertime accident
Ultimately, winter roads are hazardous. Some people will ignore these hazards, drive negligently, and cause car accidents. If you are injured in a wintertime car crash, you may want to explore your options for compensation, including pursuing legal action if appropriate.