Follow These Tips this Winter to Stay Safe on Michigan’s Snowy, Ice-Covered Roads
With winter officially in full swing, it’s more important than ever to stay attentive, cautious, and safe when driving. We’re all aware of Michigan’s storied history when it comes to road conditions. In fact, our new governor recently got elected on the issue! But, when the snow starts flying, the rain starts freezing, and the ice starts creeping onto the pavement, how can you stay safe? In today’s post, we’re going to go over a few of the driving tips provided by the Secretary of State.
It’s the old boy scout saying: be prepared. In the event that you’re stranded or have an accident in a remote area, you should always carry an emergency kit. At the very least, try to pack a warm blanket, a flashlight, jumper cables, a shovel, and snacks. These simple items will ensure that you’re able to wait out blinding storms and – if necessary – signal passersby.
It seems obvious but the best way to stay safe on icy roads is to drive carefully. When conditions are bad, lower your speed and brake gently. More importantly, allow extra room between yourself and other motorists so that you have time to stop completely if you need to brake suddenly.
Charge your cell phone
While this one isn’t currently on the SOS’s tip list, it’s good practice, nonetheless. If you know that conditions are going to be bad, make sure that your cell phone is fully charged. An unexpected accident is made thousands of times worse when you’re incommunicado and unable to phone emergency services.
The team here at the West Michigan Blog wants everyone to have a fun, safe winter season. If you’re thinking of going out on the roads this winter, we hope that you’ll heed these simple, easy-to-follow driving tips.