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What are some tips for safe winter driving?

You are already at a disadvantage on Maryland roadways when you drive a big truck. You require more space on the road to maneuver and to stop. Add in winter weather and things get even trickier. To keep yourself and those on the road around you safe, it is helpful to follow some common winter driving tips, like those from Roadmaster. 

Always start with an inspection. You need to make sure your truck is safe to go on the road. Take care to look over your tires. Low treads or worn tires could put you and others at a greater risk of a crash. 

Follow good driving rules. This means using the brake and gas pedals slowly and not slamming on either of them. It includes allowing for extra stopping distance and following other vehicles at a greater distance than usual. You also need to keep focused on the road and keep both hands on the wheel. Finally, slow down. You may take longer to get places but it pays off when you get there safely.

Pack yourself a safety kit. In case you break down or have to pull off due to hazardous conditions, having a kit will help. Include extra clothing, flares, jumper cables, blankets, water, food, flashlights, window scrapers and chains or mats to help with traction. You can put anything in your kit that you think you will need. Other items may include extra cell phone batteries, extra fluids, such as oil and washer fluid, and defrosting spray. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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