Did you know that more than 116,000 Americans are injured and 1,300 are killed per year due to snowy road conditions? Maryland winters are known to bring severe inclement weather to the area. Even the smallest amount of snow, sleet or ice can make driving hazardous. To ensure that you are not negatively affected by these dangerous driving conditions, we have five winter weather driving tips that are sure to help keep you safer on the road.

• Always keep your gas tank full in the winter, especially if you know of inclement weather approaching.

• Get your tires checked! Using a gauge, check the pressure inside your tires, making sure they are at the correct measurables. You also want to check the tread of the tires. This can be done by placing a penny inside the tread. You want to be able to see Lincoln’s head while the penny is placed in the tread. If you can’t see the top of his head, it may be time for new tires.

• Having clean headlights is crucial in regard to their effectiveness in winter weather. Visibility is important when it comes to heavy precipitation.

• Try applying a winter time mixture of cleanser and windshield fluid to your windshield in order to prevent freezing.

• Make sure that your cars heat and defroster is working properly.

If you do happen to find yourself involved in a car crash this winter, contact Potter Burnett Law to speak with one of our highly knowledgeable personal injury attorneys.