Driving tips for your hazardous winter commute

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- Hazardous winter weather has arrived with freezing rain, high winds and icy roads.

Tonight, Michigan State Police urge drivers to stay off the roads if they can or be very careful if you have to be on the roads.

Slick and icy roads, that’s what most Michigan drivers are up against tonight and into tomorrow morning.

“With the weather with the slick conditions, you never know what’s going to be coming at you traffic wise, ” said Sergeant Gerald Badgett with the Michigan State Police.

As for Michigan State Police,  their biggest concern during this winter storm is distracted driving.

“Obviously with distracted driving being a issue we are worried about people being distracted while they drive even more so with the weather conditions, said Badgett.

Blankets, a radio, bottled water, flares. If you must travel, Michigan State Police says you should keep an emergency preparedness kit in your car.

“If you have emergency kit or emergency supplies you want to make sure you have at least three days of supplies. food, water batteries, flashlights and the likes,” said Badgett.

And if you find yourself stranded while out on the roads, it’s important to not  leave your car.

“It’s best to stay in your car. if you have a cell phone dial 911 but remember your location and you’ll get help to you,” said Badgett.

Either way less is more when it comes to navigating safely through tonight’s slick roads.

“It’s always best to stay on the side of caution, knock your speed back, you should always go slower than you think you should, ” said Badgett.

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