Michigan is one of the most dangerous states for winter driving according to a new report based on data gathered from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The data, which was compiled by the consumer research company ValuePenguin, lists Michigan is “by far” the state with the highest number of winter-driving fatalities between 2013 and 2017.
Michigan tops the charts with a whopping 282 winter-driving fatalities, which is 85 more fatalities compared to the second-highest state, Pennsylvania, according to the report.
“This may seem unsurprising,” the report states, as Michigan is known for its harsh winters and the state is no stranger to snow, sleet and ice on the roadways. However, Michigan “averages 37 fatalities per 100 below-freezing days each year.”
A handful of states, including Michigan, make up a large majority of the total 2,718 winter driving deaths between 2013 and 2017. Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois, the five worst states, “accounted for 36% of winter weather-related driving fatalities.”
The report lists Detroit, Oshtemo, Lansing, Pontiac and Romulus as the worst cities in Michigan for winter driving (in order).
The top five worst roads in Michigan for winter driving are I-94, I-75, I-96, US-31 and US-41, according to the report.
It may seem like common sense, but according to ValuePenguin, the best strategies for winter driving are being careful on the road, making sure your vehicle is prepared and checking that your insurance is winter ready.