Freezing rain makes for dangerous commute Tuesday

Freezing rain covering much of southeast Michigan Tuesday making roads slick and driving difficult.  

"I didn't even drive, I came with my sister," said Robert Filthaut

The Macomb County Road Commission was working hard to keep roads clear, but it wasn't easy. 

AAA Michigan officials said safety starts before you take your car out of park.

Start by clearing the windows and your headlights. When you're driving pay attention to the vehicle in front of you.

"Make sure that you're keeping a large distance between you and car in front of you, at least two car lengths," said Susan Hiltz from AAA Michigan.

And don't use cruise control when driving in hazardous weather conditions.

"That's one thing we want to caution people about, cruise control is for perfect driving conditions and for dry roads," said Hiltz 

If your vehicle starts to slide on the ice, follow this simple tip. 

Hiltz said, "if you find yourself sliding, the best thing to keep in mind is to look in the direction that you want to be driving and steer your car in that direction." 

Also, know your breaking system.

"If you have anti-lock breaks, they'll do work for you, they'll do the pumping automatically. If you have manual breaks, you'll have to do that on your own," according to Hiltz.

Experts say one of the best ways to avoid an accident is being prepared and that means allowing yourself enough time to reach your destination.

Hiltz recommends, "it's also good to help out our law enforcement people.  If you see any accidents, pull over or get out of the lane that has the accident in it. If you see road crews out there, give them plenty of space so that they can clear up our roads so they can be safer."
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