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It appears that winter has finally arrived. In Michigan, a relatively mild fall has finally given way to plunging temperatures and snow flurries. As residents of the Plains states and the Great Lakes region brace for more snow, we should also be preparing for another hazard: winter driving.

Most of us who have lived in the Northern latitudes know that snow and ice mean we should slow down and practice more defensive driving. Yet car crashes spike dramatically every year with the first few snowfalls. Many drivers need time to readjust to winter driving. Unfortunately, inclement weather combined with unexpected traffic backups can cause motorists to get frustrated and take chances that endanger themselves and others.

Another important aspect of winter driving is your car itself. Before taking to the streets this winter, you should ensure your car is ready to handle the slick roads and sub-freezing temperatures. Take a close look at your tires, make sure your fluids are topped off, and keep a few extra supplies handy just in case. Even if you have an all wheel drive or four wheel drive vehicle, you should still take extra precautions when the roads get slippery.

Despite careful driving and extensive preparation, accidents can happen to the best of us. If you are involved in an accident, remain calm, check for injuries, and begin to collect information. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash, contact us to see if we can help.

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