Winter Weather Driving Risks: AAA prepares for busiest time of year

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WASHINGTON --  Saturday morning was plagued with deadly car accidents.

In Baltimore, a tanker exploded after flipping off a bridge, killing two, and causing a 55 car pile-up on I-95.

On the Beltway, there was a 23 car pile up that sent four people to the hospital.

At one point, Fairfax Police even activated their Winter Driving and Accident Policy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYGry7LN_UA&feature=youtu.be

Tom Calcagni, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says this is the busiest time of year for them.

With below freezing temperatures most nights, he says black ice tends to lead to dangerous morning commutes.

“Keep in mind that it is going to take you longer to do anything, whether it is accelerating or stopping.  That means don’t tale gate because if you slam on your brakes, you are going to go sailing into the driver in front of you,” explained Calcagni.

He continued by saying, if you have to go out in extreme weather, it is best to know as much about the car you are driving as possible, especially the braking system, “If you have an ABS braking system, you want to brake and hold, if you don’t have that, you want to make sure you pump the brakes, but do it slowly.”

Experts say now is the time to make sure your car is prepped for extreme weather.

“Make sure that you’ve got tread on your tires, your tires are inflated, your windshield wipers are in good condition,” Calcagni told DCW50.