Law enforcement reminds motorists of winter driving as snow begins to fall

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CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Cheboygan County sheriff is reminding motorists across northern Michigan of winter driving safety as the roads start to become slippery with the first snowfall after a rollover crash.

According to Sheriff Clarmont, sheriff's deputies were called to the crash on I-75 near Webb Road around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Clarmont said Edward Harris, 64 of Traverse City, was driving a 2014 Ram pickup when he lost control and ran off the roadway into a ditch before rolling over.

Harris was not injured in crash.

“The condition of the roadway was slippery do to snow and slush, speed was a factor. We all need to slow down as conditions change,” said Clarmont.

Clarmont would like to remind motorists to do the following before and while driving during the winter months:

  • Check your tires, engine oil, antifreeze, and brakes before embarking on a trip
  • Buckle up, and make sure your passengers do too
  • Put the cell down when driving
  • Reduce speed in snow, sleet, and rain
  • Allow yourself plenty of braking space in wet weather
  • Lightly pump your brakes on snowy roads when slowing the vehicle
  • Use extreme caution when driving down unplowed roads
  • Avoid distractions (talking on cell phone, eating, etc.)
  • Keep headlights on & use low beams in snow storms
  • Listen to the radio for information on local road and weather conditions
  • Pull off the road if you’re tired or if outside conditions worsen
  • If you break down, don’t venture more than 100 yards from your vehicle to seek help

Motorists are also encouraged to have an emergency kit in their car just in case they run into any issues while out driving. The following is recommended to be included in your emergency kit:

  • Map of the area where you’re traveling
  • Water
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Snowbrush and ice-scraper
  • Package of cat litter (for tire traction)
  • Spare tire, as well as tire-chains or tire-cables (even for 4x4's)
  • Small shovel
  • Hats, weather proof gloves and boots, and a heavy blanket
  • Matches and flares
  • Cell phone (for emergency use only)

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