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.
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:
- State Police Winter Travel Hotline: 800-381-8477
- AAA Snow Reports: 800-644-7669
- Michigan Winter Travel Advisory
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
- Exhaust system
- Proper grade oil
- Fluid levels
- Wiper blades
- Cooling system
- Windshield washer fluid
- Tire tread and pressure