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How to drive safely over the holiday season

Many Maryland motorists will find themselves on the road this holiday season. While traveling can be fun, it’s also important that you take the proper steps to prevent serious accidents from occurring. The following tips will help you do just that, thereby ensuring you arrive to your destination safe and sound.

According to AAA, mapping the route you plan to take beforehand can be extremely helpful. That way you’ll know when you’re supposed to reach your destination, as well as how much traffic you’ll need to deal with on the way. Before leaving on your journey, consider having your car serviced by an auto mechanic. Proper maintenance can actually prevent accidents from happening, which is essential on a long trip.

If you do end up having an accident, an emergency kit is a must. CNN recommends taking along important automotive supplies, such as jumper cables, a tire jack and iron, and a first aid kit. If you truly want to be prepared, you can also bring along extra warm clothing in the event you’re stranded for the night. Non-perishable snacks and drinking water are also good to store in your kit, as well as a flashlight and batteries, extra phone chargers, and sand or cat litter to increase traction on icy spots.

Checking the weather is another good idea. If a storm is slated to hit at the time when you’re leaving, you may want to postpone your trip for a few hours. If weather is bad in general, you definitely want to alter your driving. Maintain a safe speed, even if it’s slower than the posted speed limit. Also, leave more room between vehicles in this case, which will allow you to stop in time if necessary. 

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