Report: Michigan Is The Most Dangerous Winter Driving State

The study says Michigan has an average of 49 deaths on the roads every winter.

WWJ News
November 19, 2019 - 8:53 pm

(WWJ) -- Much of the snow that was dumped on southeast Michigan during last week's storms has melted, but it's no secret that more snow will be on its way at some point this winter, making for a treacherous time on the roads.

In fact, Michigan is the most dangerous state for winter driving, according to a report from

The study says Michigan has an average of 49 deaths on the roads every winter, when road conditions included snow, sleet, blowing snow or freezing drizzle. Data was pulled from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis report for 2015-2017.

While Michigan was atop the list, Pennsylvania was in second, with an average of 30 deaths. Neighboring states in the list's top 10 included Ohio (an average of 26 deaths), Indiana and Wisconsin (17), and Illinois (15).

"Michigan is known for its harsh winters, as are most of the other 10 deadliest states for winter driving. The only exception is Texas, where snow rarely falls, but when it does, drivers are not accustomed to it," the MoneyGeek report says.

MoneyGeek says drivers should stay on top of vehicle maintenance needs, including recharging your battery, restocking windshield wiper fluid and packing the winter essentials. For more winter driving tips, see the full MoneyGeek report.

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