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Anyone who has spent any time driving in Michigan in the winter understands the hazards that can be created by the weather. What few motorists realize, however, is that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) provides a number of helpful tools aimed at keeping them safe.

From late fall through early spring, MDOT offers relatively up-to-date reports of regional traffic and road conditions. Before your trip, you can log onto MDOT’s website or call its toll free travel hotline (1-800-381-8477) to see whether your intended route is clear, wet, icy, slushy, or even closed due to the weather. In addition, MDOT’s website is full of informative press releases and safety guides.

As the website reminds us, good information is no substitute for good judgment. The safety of you, your passengers, and the motorists around you depends on careful driving practices. High speed and bad weather increase your chances of being involved in a car crash.

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