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Survey ranks Michigan 1st in nation for deadly winter-weather related crashes

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DEARBORN, Mich. – A new report released this morning by AAA Michigan reveals winter-related driving conditions accounted for more than 3% of crash fatalities nationwide from 2011-2013.

The Dearborn based auto club states that Michigan had the highest yearly average of winter weather related accidents with 96. The report also reveals winter weather accident deaths represented about 10% of overall accident deaths.

Triple-A says deaths rise around 22% during commuting hours compared to the daily average and about 14% during the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The report states teenagers between the ages of 16-24 are involved in the most winter weather accident deaths.

With a winter storm fast approaching AAA has released a few tips to help drivers avoid being involved in an accident. They say to drive slower, as snow and ice can significantly reduce tire traction on the roads, and you should increase their following distances to a 5-6 second minimum. Also, you should accelerate and decelerate slowly in order to avoid skidding.  The reports states that if you don't have to go out  in the weather, don't.

Additional winter weather driving tips form AAA can be found by clicking here