Winter Road Warriors R We
Carol McCarthy | Dec 5, 2017 AT 7:44 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN—The storm has blown through leaving us with a couple inches of snow locally, a few small snow drifts and some slick spots as you head out the door. Authorities say allow yourself a little extra time heading out today and activate your winter-driver mode. Minnesota State Trooper Sgt. Jeese Grabow from MSP District 4 in Detroit Lakes says to slow down allow extra space between you and the vehicle ahead to allow more time to react if something happens in front of you. And the plows are now out clearing snow and sanding icy roads. Grabow says extra precautions need to be taken as snow plow operators do their work. He says give them at least five car lengths. Visibility is diminished and slowing down is advised when following a snowplow. Winter driving also means dressing for the weather in case you find yourself in a situation where you must face the elements or wait for help to arrive. Grabow also recommends putting together a winter survival kit with warm clothing, blankets, flashlight, candles, waterproof matches and snacks. Before heading out, check the latest road conditions at 511mn.org, You may also upload the 511mn App for your smartphone to check road conditions on the go, of course not while driving.