Navigating Michigan roads in the winter isn't just rough — it's dangerous.
Michigan is among the 10 most-dangerous states for driving in the snow, according to an analysis by the home security web site SafeWise.com.
SafeWise analyzed the number of fatal car crashes due to snow in each state using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2016 crash data. From there, SafeWise calculated the likelihood of those accidents occurring per 100,000 people in each state.
Michigan ranked sixth behind Wyoming, Vermont, Montana, Idaho and Maine for the most dangerous states for snow driving. Rounding out the top 10 are Iowa, New Mexico, Minnesota and Nebraska.
In addition, Michigan had the highest number of snow crashes, 59, which lead to 72 fatalities in 2016.
On a bright note, there's no snow expected in the forecast in metro Detroit for at least another 10 days, according to weather.com.
And if you do end up on snow-covered roads, take precautions:
- Buckle your seatbelt
- Make sure your tires have adequate tread
- Make sure your lights are on during storms
- Don't slam on the brakes
- Turn into a slide during a spinout
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