Minnesotans, Activate Winter Driving Skills Now

Minnesotans, Activate Winter Driving Skills Now Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Blizzard warnings have initiated school closings this afternoon and safety officials say now is the time for motorists to activate their winter driving skills. Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow from Patrol District 4 based in Detroit Lakes says motorists have lots of tools at their fingertips to be informed about the weather and road conditions prior to hitting the road for their commute from home or work. Grabow says local radio stations do a good job with up-to-date weather and announcements. He says social media, too, i.e. Twitter, Facebook are also good for a look at what awaits you. There is also the Minnesota Department of Transportation's road website at www.511mn.org or in an App version for the latest road conditions, including live video feed of roads. Grabow says it's also important to dress for the weather if you have the chance prior to heading out on the road. He says wear or pack warm clothes and blankets in case you find yourself stuck or stranded or in a ditch somewhere.

When you are in the midst of a full-blown blizzard, common sense says to stay put. But if you find yourself on the road, Grabow says to slow way down and slow down some more as weather deteriorates, allow some distance between you and the next vehicle. If you see others in the ditch, that should be a sign that you also need to slow down even more. Stay focused, turn your lights on and buckle up.

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