Metro Detroit is well known throughout the Midwest for its horrible traffic and poor driving conditions, and not just when the weather turns cold. But when winter does fall upon Motown, drivers should take extra caution when traveling to ensure their own safety and the safety of all those individuals on the roads. While the best advice is to not drive at all in bad conditions, sometimes it cannot be avoided. Here is a collection of tips, places and things to keep in mind that will help to ensure you have a safe and smooth driving experience here in the Motor City this season.
One of the easiest ways you can avoid trouble on the roads this winter season is to make sure you’re properly prepared before you even leave your driveway. Simple key tasks include topping off your antifreeze, filling up your washer fluid, checking your tires for proper air pressure and tread and always making sure your wiper blades are clear of ice and in good condition. A good, dependable battery can also make all the difference in the world when you are out on those extremely cold days and your car needs that extra boost to get going. A little preparation now can save you not only time, but money in the long run.
Motor City Driving Academy
13206 McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48235
www.motorcitydrivingacademy.comIf you are a new driver, new to Michigan or new to winter driving in general, perhaps a detailed driving course available through the Motor City Driving Academy could be the best option to prepare you for a rough Michigan winter. With its high-quality and exceptional service, the academy will have you ready to navigate the snowy streets of Southeast Michigan in no time. Ask about the holiday special in which instructors offer segment one of the driver’s education course for only $215.
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
www.mtukrc.orgIf you live in a more rural area of Metro Detroit, or if you believe what the experts say to be true and expect some pretty bad snow and ice this season, perhaps learning from the best in the state when it comes to winter driving is just what you need to be ready. At Michigan Tech University, you can sign up for a rigorous one-day, fully-loaded course that will instruct from the most simple of cold-weather basics to handling some of the most dangerous weather-related driving imaginable. Class sizes remain small to maximize the amount of one-on-one time between the instructor and student and much of the training is done on a state-of-the-art private test course. The one-day winter driving course is $150 per person. A request form is available on the website if you would like more information.Related: Getaway Guide: One Tank Trip To Ann Arbor