Analysis contends Ohio among most dangerous for winter driving

Police car on old road
Police car on old road

With winter in Ohio, drivers understand the need to take greater care. Snowy and icy roads, windy conditions along with anxious or aggressive drivers provide a potentially deadly formula.

Driving-related dangers exist in every  state, but a recent study by personal finance website MoneyGeek deemed that Ohio is among the most dangerous states to drive during winter when roads include snow, blowing snow, sleet and freezing drizzle. Ohio ranked No. 4, behind Michigan, Alaska and Wyoming among treacherous states.

Ohio had the second-most winter fatalities

MoneyGeek reviewed statistics from 2017 to 2019 as provided by the National Highway Transportation Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The website reviewed the number of winter fatalities; rate of fatalities per vehicle miles in each state; and a safe driver score.

Also, during that three-year span, Ohio had the second most winter fatalities, trailing only Michigan which recorded 165 road fatalities during that time.

These tips may make for safer winter driving

With these statistics in mind, here are a few winter driving tips:

  • Scrape and brush off ice and snow from the car: This includes windows, hood, roof, headlights and brake lights. Removing visionary obstacles is crucial.
  • Drive slowly and with caution: Provide yourself with more time to reach destinations. Hurried driving may lead to a crash.
  • Maintain a safe distance: Do not follow too closely. Icy roads and braking may lead to road skids and crashes.
  • Understand the correct way to brake: If you have anti-lock brakes, press and hold them without pumping. With standard brakes, you need to pump them to avoid skidding.
  • Be careful with steering: Avoid any sudden turns or maneuvers. Also, avoid relying on cruise control in winter.

Every winter, drivers get these reminders. But some drivers do not always abide by them.

Remain careful and avoid reckless drivers

Hazards remain ever-present on Ohio roads with winter weather. Wind, snow and ice may contribute to a crash, so drive carefully. At the same time, do your best to avoid reckless and negligent drivers. Please drive safely.


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