- 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.
Storm tips: Driving safely in snow
Here is a list of tips from a page on the Maryland State Highway Administration’s website at http://www.sha.state.md.us/index.aspx?PageId=242 if you need to drive in the snow.