News Release via Facebook, Maryland State Police
Maryland State Police is urging drivers to use caution and to think twice before heading out during this expected blast of cold weather across the state.
Troopers, along with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s Coordinated Highway Action Response Team, (CHART), will combine their efforts to assist disabled motorists as quickly as possible.
With cold weather advisories across the state bone chilling temperatures the next few days, state troopers are reminding motorists to make sure their vehicles are prepared and properly equipped. Keeping a survival bag in their car is encouraged. The survival bag should include a blanket, a flashlight (with batteries) or flares, jumper cables, an extra bottle of antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.
The cold weather can take its toll on a vehicle, so check the following before traveling:
- Check the tire pressure and tread
- Check the battery
- Check the car’s fluid levels
- Make sure you have a good spare tire
- Keep jumper cables handy
Drivers are reminded their cell phones can be used to call 9-1-1 in emergencies or #77.