Driving Smart TipsEven though winter comes every year, it seems like some drivers forget how to drive in the snow. It is frustrating to get behind someone driving slower for conditions or slamming on their brakes, when there is only a dusting of snow on the roadway.

Although you can only prepare so much, there are a variety of things to keep in mind when driving in the winter in Michigan. The first thing you should do is check the weather before you go anywhere. If bad weather is forecast, allow for extra travel time or delay your plans.

If you have to go out in the snow and cold, make sure your vehicle is in top running shape. Check your ignition, tires, brakes, spark plugs, battery and wiring. It is just one less thing you have to think about when you travel in questionable conditions.

Even if you have checked the weather and made sure your vehicle is working well, you may find yourself in an unsafe situation. If you encounter whiteout conditions, it might be best to find a safe place to pull over and wait it out. Remember to leave more distance between you and the other cars in front of you. You never know when someone might lose control in ice or slush. Always use caution when braking or accelerating.

Along with at least half a tank of gas, keep boots, mittens, blankets, a flashlight, an ice scraper, non-perishable food, water, a shovel, a first aid kit, jumper cables and a compass in your vehicle. It never hurts to be prepared!

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