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Police: Use caution when driving in winter

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Winter weather can make for hazardous driving conditions, Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said now is the time to get back into the winter driving mindset.

“We tend to forget over the warm summer months and then the first couple snowfalls end up with a bunch of traffic crashes,” Kaiser said.

He's sharing tips to help keep up safe on the roads this seasons

“Keep the defrosters on and if you get too warm, turn down the heat, but keep the fan blowing,” Kaiser said.

Police also recommend that drivers turn off cruise control when roads are covered in ice and snow.

“When our vehicles start to lose traction we automatically take our foot off the gas but when you use cruise control, the vehicle senses its loosing speed and it will actually accelerate,” Kaiser said.

Police said even when it's warmer out and the roads look clear, it could still be slippery on bridges and over passes.

“This morning was a prime example of a beautiful morning the roads looked clear a lot of our overpasses and bridges were actually frozen, but people drove on them at normal speeds and we saw several accidents across the area,” Kaiser said.

Police said there are two tips they want you to keep in mind: leave plenty of spaced between you and other drivers and slow down according to road conditions.

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