Winter is here, and Maryland has already experienced a few snowstorms. The winter climate comes with freezing temperatures and inclement weather, creating dangerous driving conditions. Drivers need to be aware of the potential dangers of winter driving. You should be patient when on the road and practice good driving habits to avoid being involved in a car accident. Here are some of the most common winter driving hazards.
Black ice is one of the most hazardous road conditions because it is nearly invisible. Despite its name, black ice is actually a transparent layer of ice on roads, sidewalks, driveways, and other surfaces. Black ice develops when there is a light freezing rain or when precipitation melts and freezes again, most often at night or in the early morning. Black ice is more likely to form on roads that do not get much traffic and on roadways that do not get a lot of sunlight. If you drive over some black ice, remain calm and take your foot off the accelerator. Turn the wheel in the direction of the skid and wait for your car to come to a complete stop.
Snow, rain, and fog can severely reduce visibility, making driving more dangerous. In addition, other vehicles may kick up snow or mud onto your windshield, and condensation on the inside of your windshield can also affect your vision. The best option is not to drive when visibility is low, but there are ways you can protect yourself and those around you. Ensure your headlight lenses are clean, your defroster and heater work properly, and drive slowly.
The roads are likely to get wet during the winter in Maryland, reducing traction and increasing the chance of an accident. It is crucial to reduce your speed accordingly and observe other drivers who may not know how to drive in wet weather. If you start to hydroplane, take similar steps as when you encounter black ice. Remain calm, let off the gas, don’t brake suddenly, and steer in the direction that you are skidding. If you have to brake, do so very slowly and gently.
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At Snyder Law Group, we understand how stressful and dangerous driving in Maryland winters can be. If you have suffered a car accident in winter weather, our lawyers are here to help. Dealing with insurance companies and building your claim can be stressful, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!
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