Did you know that Michigan is the deadliest state in the whole country for winter weather accidents?
Michigan drivers know that traversing the state when the snow descends is not for the faint of heart. But when you’re trying to stay safe and get around in a reasonable time, it’s difficult to avoid some of Michigan’s most dangerous roads.
In fact, chances are you’ve already driven on some of Michigan’s most dangerous wintertime roads, considering that Michigan highways are the single greatest culprit.
Here are the 10 worst Michigan highways, why they’re unusually dangerous in the winter, and what you need to do to stay safe.
Like all states with a deadly wintertime driving record, Michigan has notoriously brutal winters. The problem, however, isn’t just about the weather.
The problem is a lot of drivers who think they know how to drive safely in the winter, driving carelessly, around a large group of other drivers doing exactly the same thing, in conditions that are not safe to drive carelessly. That’s why Michigan’s worst highways are those with the highest traffic volume or areas with unusually bad winter weather conditions.
The 10 worst Michigan highways are:
Noticing a few trends?
Van Buren County is a frequent flier on this list, which is part of the Lake Michigan snowbelt. So are Kalamazoo and Ottawa Counties. Some of the most dangerous highways are also areas of I-94 stretching along the Lake Michigan shoreline, where drivers suddenly transition from clear cruising into the snowbelt.
Genesee County, particularly in Flint, is also subject to this effect—drivers can find themselves driving in snow or freezing rain seemingly out of nowhere. Plus, Flint is subject to snow bands from the southwest, which often catches drivers from Detroit and Saginaw off guard.
According to a Michigan State Police analysis, 65% of winter car accidents happened because drivers were going too fast for the road conditions.
So, the best way to stay safe on the road is simple: drive slower. In fact, drive slower than you think you need to.
Michiganders are familiar with the concept of black ice (roads that appear normal but are actually icy). The same premise applies here—roads may not be as safe as they look, so you have to treat all roads with equal caution in the winter.
In addition, be careful when driving through areas subject to sudden weather transitions, like Flint or the Lake Michigan snowbelt.
Sometimes, accidents happen despite all your best efforts to drive carefully. But someone else’s carelessness on the worst Michigan highways shouldn’t have to slow you down.
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