Is your car ready for the snow?

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Time for snow, but is your car ready?

The first significant snowfall of the season is predicted to hit Michigan between Thursday night and the weekend.

Forecasters are projecting 1 to 3 inches of snow to fall across much of the Lower Peninsula, while the Upper Peninsula could see 6 to 12 inches of snow by Sunday.

“It’s been at least six months since many of us saw snow on Michigan roads, which is why we’re encouraging drivers to slow down and leave plenty of distance between your car and the car in front of you,” said Dyck Van Koevering, general counsel for the Insurance Alliance of Michigan. “Many car crashes happen when drivers don’t expect the road to be slippery, so use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses as they are more likely to freeze over first.”

The Insurance Alliance of Michigan also said:
• Drive distraction-free and don’t text while driving
• Slow down
• Be aware of what other drivers are doing around you, and expect the unexpected
• Leave early so you don’t have to rush to reach your destination
• Always wear your seatbelt 
• Keep a blanket, bottled water and flashlights in your car in case you are stranded

And remember, if you are involved in an accident, pull your car over to the side of the road is possible and call 9-1-1. Then, when you have a chance, call your insurance company and report the accident.

“Michigan’s auto insurance companies and their agents are there when disaster strikes to help their neighbors when they need them most,” Van Koevering said. “In times of crisis, insurance companies provide an important safety net including: 24/7 service, roadside assistance and accident protection.”