Maine Traffic Safety: Weather, Holiday Travel in Focus

Maine’s winter driving conditions can change from sunny to blowing snow within an hour or two. Be prepared at all times, but especially in winter. Know road conditions, know your vehicle, use proper driving techniques for the conditions you find, and have the right emergency gear and equipment along. Most of all, in ice and snow – take it slow!Before you head out in the snow, make sure that you brush all of the snow off of your vehicle. You want to be specially certain that all lights and windows are clear. You’ve also got to remember that ice and snow demand greater stopping distances. With winter driving, we have to alter many of our driving habits.

Our Portland car accident lawyers understand that the best idea during winter storms is to stay off the road. We also realize that is sometimes just not realistic. If you find yourself on the road during icy, snowy conditions, you had better make sure you know what you’re doing. We’re here with a few safety tips to help ensure that you make a safe arrival.

Winter Driving Tips from MaineDOT:

-Before you head out, check road conditions on the web by going to or call 511 for the latest road information.

– Keep your windshield washer dispenser filled and use it to keep your windshield clear. Make sure the wipers work well.

– Reduce your speed and increase the distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Do not drive faster than the conditions allow.

-If you find yourself stuck, do not continue to spin the wheels. It will only make things worse. Pour sand, salt or gravel around the drive wheels to give them something to grab onto and improve traction. Also, shovel snow away from the wheels and out from under the car to clear a pathway.

– Maintain at least a half tank of gas (Provides added vehicle weight and emergency fuel supply if you become stuck). Keep a can of dry gas handy.

-Maintain your vehicle. Make sure the battery, tire tread, windshield wipers, ant-freeze and other fluids are topped off.

-Carry an emergency roadside kit with you, including jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand, kitty litter, water and nonperishable food items.

-Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

-If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

-Run the air-conditioner. In order to remove condensation and frost from the interior of windows, engage your air-conditioner and select the fresh air option: It’s fine to set the temperature on “hot.” Many cars automatically do this when you choose the defrost setting.

Contact the experienced injury lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates if you or your child has been injured in an accident. Call 1-800-804-2004 for a consultation to speak to an attorney about your case.

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