We believe that effective parent-teen communication is critical to helping teens drive safely. The Teen-Driving-Contract is a conversation-starter about safety issues and a formalized agreement that lets you create and enforce family driving rules.

Download the Teen Driving Contract

How secure is your vehicle? A few minutes, a few dollars go a long way.

 A motor vehicle is stolen every 28.8 seconds in the US. The price tag is 7.5 billion!

The national Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that Michigan ranks 5th – with more than 50,000 vehicle thefts each year – after California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona.

Practice these safety measures and reduce your risk

  • Don’t leave your car unlocked while unattended.
  • Never leave your car running while unattended.
  • Fully close all windows. Don’t leave even a crack open.
  • Don’t leave a spare key in or on your vehicle.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. If you must, hide them in the trunk or under seats.
  • Park in well-lit, public areas.
  • Trust your instincts; if it doesn’t feel safe, park elsewhere.
  • A visible anti-theft device is an effective deterrent.
  • Audible alarms help scare thieves off.
  • Vehicle immobilizer systems render hot-wiring useless.
  • GPS tracking systems speed recovery of stolen vehicles.

It’s winter in Michigan. Plan ahead. Drive defensively. Arrive safe.

Winter in Michigan is unpredictable. Roads can go from snow-covered to icy with downpours to whiteouts. Your best defense is to be prepared.

Weather and road conditions can vary significantly even within a small radius. Here are some helpful winter road travel resources:

Your best defense against wintry road conditions is a cushion of time

  • Keep windows, lights, hood, and roof clear of snow/ ice.
  • Turn on your lights to increase visibility to other motorists.
  • Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions.
  • Watch the traffic well ahead for extra time to react safely.
  • Use low gears to maintain traction, especially on hills.
  • Keep a safe distance from maintenance vehicles and snowplows – at least 200 feet (it’s the law); don’t pass on the right.
  • Do not cut quickly in front of heavy trucks, which need more time and distance to safely respond.
  • Beware snow ridges between lanes; avoid abrupt changes.
  • Break early and gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. Do not pump anti-lock breaks. Stomp and steer is the correct way.
  • Beware slippery bridge decks, more likely to ice up.
  • Do not use cruise control or overdrive in wintery conditions.
  • Don’t drive at all in adverse conditions if you can avoid it.

Winterize your vehicles for safety and fuel economy. This is also a good time to treat them to a complete checkup.

  • Ignition system
  • Snow tires
  • Fuel system
  • Antifreeze
  • Belts
  • Battery
  • Exhaust system
  • Proper grade oil
  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • Fluid levels
  • Defroster
  • Wiper blades
  • Cooling system
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Tire tread and pressure