Winter fatal crashes, Michigan ranks first

Posted at 10:09 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 10:09:31-05

The snow will likely cause crashes on the roads, and this morning Triple A of Michigan, is issuing a winter weather driving alert.

Michigan leads the nation when it comes to fatal crashes in the winter months, which is why we can't stress enough for drivers to take it slow out on the roads when the snow starts to fall.

According to Triple A, Michigan had the highest winter weather fatal crashes in the country from 2011 to 2013. 96 people died in accidents during the winter months.

The age group most likely to be involved in a fatal crash in the winter months are teenagers and young people, the 16 to 24 age bracket.

We always warn you to take it slow on your morning commutes especially when the weather is bad, and according to Triple A, fatal accidents in the winter months jump by 22% during the times when people are commuting to or from work or school.

Accidents happen when people are driving too fast for the conditions, or tailing another driver closely. Authorities say the best thing to do is stay off the roads altogether when the weather is bad.

The best advice for today is to drive slow, and increase following distances.

Triple A warns the roads will be quite the challenge for even the most seasoned driver, let alone teens.

The automobile club advises parents to restrict driving today for teens or new drivers who don't have much experience driving in snowy and icy conditions.