Getting ready for winter driving

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – We’re into the third week of November and on the brink of our first snowfall.

Even though this is Michigan and snow is a fact of life, many drivers will have to refresh their snow driving skills.

The Michigan State Police have these reminders for drivers who are heading out into the snow:

  • Make sure your car is in good mechanical condition.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car. Include things like warm clothing, boots, stocking cap, gloves or mittens, flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, small shovel, sand or kitty litter, blankets, and fresh first-aid supplies. You may also want to include candy bars or other nutritious snacks, as well as a supply of small candles and matches to light them with.
  • Ice can form on road surfaces, however, anytime the air temperature drops to 40 degrees or less, especially when it is windy. Be careful on bridges and overpasses.
  • Slow down and be alert for other vehicles around you that may lose control, and allow at least 4 seconds between vehicles.
  • If you find yourself beginning to slide on snow or ice, don’t panic. Take your foot off the gas and do not hit the brakes. Steer the front of your vehicle into the skid (the same direction you are sliding).

It’s also good to remember that four-wheel drive vehicles offer traction in deeper snow but do not stop any sooner.  Always expect that stopping will take longer in snowy or icy conditions, whether you are driving a four-wheel or two-wheel drive vehicle.

>>Information from Michigan State Police

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