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February 08, 2018
AAA MICHIGAN ISSUES STATEWIDE WINTER WEATHER WARNING

Winter Storm Mateo on its Way


 DEARBORN, MI  (February 8, 2018) —  With forecasters predicting that Winter Storm Mateo  will dump 6-12” of snow across Michigan starting early Friday morning,  AAA  is sending out a statewide WINTER WEATHER WARNING.  Snow and ice make driving the roads and highways a risky time for motorists to be behind the wheel.  As road conditions are expected to be extremely challenging, AAA recommends that drivers stay off the road if possible. According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), each year nearly one in four (24%) of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement.
 
Michigan motorists are reminded that when driving in winter weather conditions, it’s important to brush up on safe winter driving skills.  Although this holds true for even the most seasoned driver, additional caution is urged for new and mature drivers when it comes to the hazards of snow and ice. These tips are for everyone:
 
AAA Top Ten Tips for Winter Driving
  1. Before starting out, remove ice and snow from the entire car, mirrors and lights  so you have clear driving visibility.
  2. Always drive at a speed that matches the prevailing visibility, traffic and road conditions – even if that means driving below the posted speed limit.
  3. Compensate for reduced traction by increasing your following distances (normally three to four seconds) to eight to ten seconds.
  4. Don't use cruise control in precipitation and freezing temperatures.
  5. Remember that four-wheel drive helps you to get going quicker, but it won't help you stop any faster.
  6. Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s braking system.  Drivers with anti-lock brakes should apply firm, constant pressure while those without may need to pump the pedal in order to avoid loss of traction while stopping.
  7. Allow sufficient room for maintenance vehicles and plows, stay at least 15 car lengths (200 feet) back and, if you need to pass, go to the other vehicle’s left.
  8. Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and intersections, even if the rest of the road seems to be in good condition.
  9. If you get stuck in snow or ice, straighten the wheel and accelerate slowly. Add sand or cat litter under the drive wheels to help avoid spinning the tires.
  10. If your tires lose traction, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go. If the drive wheels start to spin or slide while going up a hill, ease off the accelerator slightly and then gently resume speed.
 
Winter weather driving tips are available through THIS LINK to AAA’s How to Go on Ice and Snow booklet.
In addition to contacting AAA for roadside assistance via the toll free number, members can also use www.AAA.com or the new AAA mobile app.
AAA Tips for Vehicle Prep
  1. Carry a charged cell phone
  2. Top off your gas tank
  3. Check washer fluid and anti-freeze, to ensure they are at adequate levels.
  4. Tires should be inspected to ensure they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.
  5. Equip your vehicle with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets:
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    *Media outlets are encouraged to share this news release’s information and links with their audiences via their on-air, online and social media platforms.

 
 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

                 
 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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