Tips for safe winter driving

12/9/2013, 7:41 a.m.
Give snow plows plenty of space and never pass them on the road.

The weather outside is frightful and the Maryland State Highway administration has some tips to keep you safe on the roads during snow storms.

• During a snow storm don’t drive if you don’t have to.

• “Don’t Crowd the Plow” – NEVER pass a snow plow or plow train (a series of plows working in tandem ). If driving behind a snow plow or salt truck, provide plenty of space (at least 7-8 car lengths) behind the truck.

• “Know Before you Go.” Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit: www.md511.org for current travel inform ation.

• Remember – bridges, ramps and overpasses freeze first. Use caution when driving across them.

• Four-wheel drive vehicles are just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as regular two-wheel drive vehicles.

• Pack a winter driving survival kit – including a shovel, blanket, water, jumper cables, flares, snacks and a flash light.

• Before taking to the road, log onto www. roads.maryland.gov, click on the CHART icon and

view traffic cameras.

• Clear snow from your vehicle’s headlights, roof and from other places that may obstruct vision or become a danger to other motorists.

• Make sure your vehicle is in proper working conditions. Check the

battery, tire tread and pressure, belts, hoses and fluid levels.

• Travel with plenty of gas in the tank.

• When shoveling snow, please do not place it in the street/roadway. Plow trucks push snow to the right. When facing your driveway, pile snow to your left, off the road. This reminder will save you additional hours of shoveling!