Car Accidents in the snow in DC, Maryland and VA

Posted on Feb 20, 2019

How to Protect Against Serious Accidents in DC, Maryland and VA

In DC, Maryland and Virginia, we hardly get any real snow (but we close schools about once per week just in case...) so nobody really knows how to drive in the snow, and we have a lot of accidents on the Beltway, and on I-66, 495 and of course 295 and 695 in D.C.

Plus we have a lot of bridges and road construction that causes slow downs and extra traffic.

So here is a list of tips for cold weather driving from AAA.

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

The main tip, of course, is to slow down.  We have too many drivers who drive too fast, aggressively, and are on their phone, texting, talking and not paying attention.  And no matter what the penalties for doing this, and the laws against driving while distracted, bad drivers don't seem to get the message, or don't get caught until they cause a serious accident.  And snow and ice just makes their bad driving worse.

While we're on the subject of bad drivers causing accidents, even with defensive driving, you can't really protect yourself from them.  But you can do something to protect yourself and your family before you get in an accident - review your uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and make sure you have a lot of coverage.  This type of insurance protects you if you get hit by one of those bad drivers who doesn't have insurance or has very low policy limits.  Like $25,000.  That's not going to put a dent in your medical bills if you're hospitalized for a week, or need surgery or ongoing medical care.

So here are AAA's 10 tips for driving in  the snow.

And if you need tips on what to do after you've been hit by one of these drivers - call us to order your free, no obligation guide on what to do after an accident in DC, Maryland or Virginia.  It's based on our experiences helping people just like you overcome a serious injury after a car accident.

Just call us today at (202) 393 - 3320 and we will send it right to you!