We are officially into winter. A little freezing rain or a slight snowfall and the streets can become ice skating rinks.

To avoid crashes this time of year, be prepared:

  • Pay attention to the weather forecast for below freezing temperatures. Evenings can become treacherous if you are not prepared for the dropping temperatures that cause an icy glaze.
  • Never pass a salt truck. Stay several car lengths behind.
  • Stay below the posted speed limit.
  • Leave ample space between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you so you have time to react.
  • Take your time when getting on and off roadway ramps as well as on bridges and overpasses. They freeze before the roadway.
  • Carry salt or cat litter in the trunk. Both can help provide traction if you get stuck on ice.
  • Of course, always wear your seatbelt. It is smart and it is the law.

The Baltimore County Police Department reminds drivers to avoid distracted driving while on the road. This includes using a cellphone to talk or text. A crash can happen while you’re looking down. It happens in the blink of an eye. Using your cellphone while driving is also against the law.

It goes without saying, aggressive driving and icy roads make a deadly combination.

Take your time, and if you don’t have to be on the road, stay off and enjoy the day.