Top 6 Winter Driving Safety Tips in Michigan
Have you ever noticed how some drivers handle their vehicles the minute Michigan roads are snow covered and very slippery?
It takes you back to Drivers Education classes just to remind you to slow down and use extreme caution.
Why do you think we see cars in ditches all the time when roads are covered with snow and ice?
According to buckfirelaw.com:
Accidents on icy roads kill at least twice the number of people annually than all other severe weather hazards combined, including tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and high winds.
Here's the bottom line, adjust to road conditions and drive carefully while using caution. For example: if you know the roads are going to be covered with snow, than slow your speed way down.
Let's take a look at the top 6 winter driving safety tips in Michigan, courtesy of buckfirelaw.com:
1. Reduce speed. This is a given on snow covered roads and icy conditions. The speed limit might read 70 mph, but you will need to take it down to around 40 mph on highways for not only your safety, but the safety of others.
2. Avoid sudden braking. This by far is the worst thing you can do while driving in winter weather. This is exactly why so many drivers lose control of their vehicles. Drive slowly and brake gently to avoid ending up in a ditch or on the side of the road.
3. Allow extra time to get to your destination. This is best done by planning ahead especially if you're going to be traveling a long distance. If you know the roads are going to be bad, then use good judgement and decide if it's going to be safe to travel.
4. Pump your brakes. If you begin braking and your vehicle starts to skid, it's best to pump your brakes and steer in the direction of the skid. You never know when you're going to hit a stretch of black ice and that can be dangerous.
5. Plenty of space. Especially on snow covered roads, leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. One of the worst things you can do is tailgate the vehicle in front of you.
6. Jumper cables. Just in case your car stalls out, make sure you have a set of jumper cables so you can get your car started again and be on your way.