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What should you know about driving on icy roads?

As a Michigan driver, you know that winter presents driving conditions which can sometimes be hazardous. One of these is ice on the roads. Although you know tips for general winter driving, it is good to know specific information about ice so that you can be safe behind the wheel.

Because you regularly drive in winter conditions, it can be tempting to say that you have the necessary experience to handle everything on the road. Icyroadsafety.com says that regardless of your driving experience, you still need to be careful when there is ice. Driving at normal speeds on an icy highway may cause you to lose control of your car if it fishtails, and even the most careful drivers can encounter ice when they are not expecting it. Overconfidence behind the wheel can sometimes be just as hazardous as ice, and it is always a good idea to use caution.

You may think that because you do not see ice, the roads are clear. However, this is not always the case. After freezing rain, there may be ice on the road which blends into the pavement, keeping you from seeing it until it is too late. Additionally, the ice you encounter is not always one large patch but can be smaller spots spread out across the road.

It can be easy to downplay the danger of icy roads by saying that because your tires are in good condition, you will be safe. Quality tires do not usually help your car gain traction on ice, though. It is important to remember that of all weather conditions, ice has the ability to affect everyone on the road. Because this is such a far-reaching hazard, it is best to be careful and drive no faster than road conditions allow.

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