According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, almost 40% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur during snowy or icy conditions and cause more than 1,300 deaths.

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MoneyGeek compiled a list of the top 15 most dangerous states for winter driving. Guess what? Michigan made the list. Yep, we're #1!

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The company analyzed winter driving fatalities, the fatality rate adjusted for vehicle miles traveled and the states with the best and worst drivers to determine which states are the most dangerous for winter driving.

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Michigan's overall winter driving danger rank was number 1. 162 winter driving fatalities occurred in Michigan over the last 3 years. MoneyGeek's ranking of the safest drivers puts Michigan drivers as #8 in the nation for driving safety. This means that Michiganders are pretty safe drivers, although Mother Nature often has other plans.

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70% of Americans have to drive through winter conditions at some point that include snow and ice.

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These are the top 15 most dangerous winter driving states:

15. Maine

14. New Hampshire

13. Vermont

12. South Dakota

11. Illinois

10. New York

9. Minnesota

8. North Dakota

7. Wisconsin

6. Ohio

5. Montana

4. Pennsylvania

3. Wyoming

2. Alaska

1. MICHIGAN

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Winter Driving Tips:

  • Make sure you're prepared by gathering the Winter driving essentials like an ice scarper, blanket, jumper cables, car washer fluid, a flashlight and flares.

  • Fill up on gas. Make sure you have at least half a tank to prevent condensation and fuel line freeze.

  • Learn how to get out of a snowbank. Put the car in the lowest possible gear and make sure 4 wheel drive is turned on if you have that option.

  • If you slide, counter steer and pump the brakes.

Be careful out there!

 

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