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Storm tips: Driving safely in snow

March 05, 2013

Here is a list of tips from a page on the Maryland State Highway Administration’s website at if you need to drive in the snow.

  • Allow extra time to get to where you are going.
  • Keep in mind that four-wheel drive vehicles are just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as regular two-wheel drive vehicles.
  • If your car begins to skid, take your foot off the gas pedal and immediately steer in the direction of the skid. Do not panic or slam on the brakes.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and others on the road.
  • Do not try to pass snow plows or salt trucks on the road.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, move it as far off the roadway as possible, lift the hood, and try to leave a signal, such as a scarf, hanging from the window. Wait for help inside your vehicle.
  • When shoveling snow from your driveway, create a pile away from the roadway.
  • Before getting in the car, pack a “survival kit” that includes a shovel, blanket, water, jumper cables, flares, snacks and a flashlight.
  • Check the tires, gas tank, antifreeze, oil, battery, defroster, heater, wipers, and washer fluid level in your vehicle.
  • Make sure to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle.

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