This is the most dangerous state for winter driving (hint: it’s not Alaska)

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, almost 40% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur during snowy or icy conditions and cause more than 1,300 deaths.

How do you know if your state is a high risk for hazardous driving conditions?

MoneyGeek compiled a list of the top 15 most dangerous states for winter driving. The company analyzed winter driving fatalities, the fatality rate adjusted for vehicle miles traveled and the states with the best and worst drivers to determine which states are the most dangerous for winter driving. These metrics were converted to a 100 point scale and weighed to calculate a final winter danger score. The final ranking is based on this score.

While the conditions are unavoidable for most of us, checking your car insurance policy for adequate coverage can help protect you in the event of a weather-related incident. If you need to make coverage updates, shop around for car insurance quotes.

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Check out the 15 most dangerous states for winter driving to see if your state is on the list.

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15. Maine

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 15
  • Maine recorded 25 winter driving fatalities (rank = 16) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Maine ranks #6 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Maine drivers as #15 in the nation for driving safety.

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14. New Hampshire

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 14
  • New Hampshire recorded 17 winter driving fatalities (rank = 27) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, New Hampshire ranks #10 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts New Hampshire drivers as #33 in the nation for driving safety.

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13. Vermont

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 13
  • Vermont recorded 15 winter driving fatalities (rank = 29) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Vermont ranks #3 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Vermont drivers as #16 in the nation for driving safety.

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12. South Dakota

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 12
  • South Dakota recorded 12 winter driving fatalities (rank = 34) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, South Dakota ranks #9 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts South Dakota drivers as #35 in the nation for driving safety.

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11. Illinois

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 11
  • Illinois recorded 65 winter driving fatalities (rank = 6) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Illinois ranks #23 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Illinois drivers as #12 in the nation for driving safety.

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10. New York

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 10
  • New York recorded 82 winter driving fatalities (rank = 4) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, New York ranks #20 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts New York drivers as #4 in the nation for driving safety.

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9. Minnesota

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 9
  • Minnesota recorded 69 winter driving fatalities (rank = 5) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Minnesota ranks #12 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Minnesota drivers as #2 in the nation for driving safety.

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8. North Dakota

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 8
  • North Dakota recorded 19 winter driving fatalities (rank = 23) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, North Dakota ranks #4 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts North Dakota drivers as #28 in the nation for driving safety.

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7. Wisconsin

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 7
  • Wisconsin recorded 65 winter driving fatalities (rank = 6) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Wisconsin ranks #14 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Wisconsin drivers as #20 in the nation for driving safety.

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6. Ohio

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 6
  • Ohio recorded 90 winter driving fatalities (rank = 2) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Ohio ranks #17 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Ohio drivers as #13 in the nation for driving safety.

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5. Montana

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 5
  • Montana recorded 23 winter driving fatalities (rank = 17) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Montana ranks #5 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Montana drivers as #37 in the nation for driving safety.

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4. Pennsylvania

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 4
  • Pennsylvania recorded 85 winter driving fatalities (rank = 3) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Pennsylvania ranks #15 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Pennsylvania drivers as #29 in the nation for driving safety.

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3. Wyoming

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 3
  • Wyoming recorded 30 winter driving fatalities (rank = 14) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Wyoming ranks #2 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Wyoming drivers as #27 in the nation for driving safety.

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2. Alaska

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 2
  • Alaska recorded 18 winter driving fatalities (rank = 24) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Alaska ranks #1 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Alaska drivers as #36 in the nation for driving safety.

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1. Michigan

  • Overall Winter Driving Danger Rank = 1
  • Michigan recorded 162 winter driving fatalities (rank = 1) in the last 3 years.
  • Adjusted for vehicle miles traveled in the state, Michigan ranks #7 for winter driving fatalities.
  • MoneyGeek’s ranking of the safest drivers puts Michigan drivers as #8 in the nation for driving safety.

This article originally appeared on MoneyGeek.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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