Well, we've seen our first snowfall and experienced frost as well. I guess the winter season is finally here. All we need now is to switch to Eastern Standard Time from Daylight Saving Time. Oh yea, that will happen this Sunday (November 7th.) Yippee.

Now I just need to dig out my shovels, see if my older than dirt snowblower will run this year, and figure out where I stored away my ice scraper. Plus, I'm not exactly sure where my winter coat and gloves are. As you can guess, I'm not too organized.

And with winter here, we all need to reacquaint ourselves with the fun of winter driving. It seems for the first couple of snowstorms, many have forgotten that you need to be more careful on snowy and icy roadways. Your vehicle isn't going to stop or cooperate as it would on a dry road surface.

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Sure, this should be a no-brainer, but I imagine you have observed a few motorists at the beginning of the winter season ending up in a ditch because they forgot how to drive in slippery conditions.

I happened to notice on the Money Geek website recently, a list of the most dangerous states for winter driving. Their rankings were compiled from the years 2017, 2018, and 2019 from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

My first guess before looking at the list would be those states that don't experience much snow, and when snow does fall, meant many motorists would be getting into crashes.

But, this list took into account the number of fatalities among other factors, and of course, we have more snow and ice conditions for crashes to occur. How did New York State and Pennsylvania fare? Well, not surprisingly to me, Pennsylvania came in at number 5 on the list. I've seen my share of dangerous motorists on PA roads, especially the secondary roadways.

New York State came in at number 17. I thought New York would be a bit higher. Rounding out the top five are 4. Ohio, 3. Wyoming, 2. Alaska, and 1. Michigan. All those states obviously experience a lot of snow. I was surprised to find that New Jersey came in at number 42  and Massachusetts number 43 on the list. Have you ever driven in either of those states?

Well, stay safe this winter, and remember to use caution on snowy days.

via Money Geek

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