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According to NOAA, the state of Michigan is forecast to be at the heart of an active storm track this winter, which likely means we will see more snow and winter precipitation than normal. Some of us love the snow and cold temperatures, others could do without it. Either way, snow, sleet, ice, or even rain can make driving treacherous putting our safety and the safety of other motorists at risk. How can you make navigating the roadways safer and less stressful this coming winter? We have a few tips to share.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests getting your car serviced before you begin traveling in winter months, and knowing your vehicle. For instance, it’s important to make sure your car has been tuned up and that it’s been thoroughly checked for any potential problems such as worn out hoses, leaking fluids, etc. You may already know how your vehicle handles snow or slick driving conditions, but if you don’t, practice in these conditions in an area that’s isolated where you can do so safely. It’s important to know how stable your car is in icy conditions, how/when to apply or not apply brakes, how tires perform, etc.

From the battery to windshield fluid, tires, lights, and the cooling system, make sure everything is in good working order. The last thing you want when it’s 25 degrees and there’s 10 inches of snow on the ground is a dead battery! This brings us to the next point . . .

The 4th of July, or Independence Day, is when many celebrate our country’s freedom by enjoying fireworks displays, shooting off our own fireworks, enjoying an outdoor barbecue with friends, camping, and other activities. Considering the holiday falls on Tuesday this year, some have chosen to take Monday as a vacation day to enjoy a long weekend. Regardless, have a great time and be safe!

Here’s some information you may find useful to make sure your family stays out of danger – and that you don’t face any legal issues.

In Grand Rapids and neighboring cities, it’s illegal for city residents to shoot off fireworks over the weekend. You can enjoy the annual Amway Family Fireworks event on Saturday, but firing off your own on Saturday or Sunday could leave you facing legal problems. Better to enjoy the commercial fireworks display and wait until Monday to enjoy your own display, which you can legally do between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Continue reading

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