Snowfall prompts refresher on winter weather driving

The Upper Peninsula has had its fist brush with winter. Time to brush up on your winter driving skills.

“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.”

Other tips include:

– 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

If you are involved in an accident, pull your car to the side of the road if possible and call 9-1-1. Next, call your insurance provider to report the accident and begin the claim process.