MnDot: Be Patient and Pay Attention on Winter Roads

Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 6:23 am

BAXTER – As greater Minnesota brace for a significant snowfall, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials urge drivers to be patient and pay attention to driving on snowy roads.

Mn/DOT recommends the following for safe winter driving:

●Always use seat belts, and headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.
●Adjust speed to road and weather conditions – lower speeds minimize crashes.
●Move over one lane from any stopped emergency vehicle.
●Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles, and leave extra room between your vehicle and
snowplows or other snow removal equipment.
●Know your brakes and how they react on snow-covered roads.
●Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
●Do not use cruise-control.

Mn/DOT also wants to remind motorists of the “Move Over Law” – when approaching and passing an authorized emergency vehicle parked or stopped on a street or highway having two or more lanes in the same direction, the driver must move their vehicle to a lane away from the emergency vehicle. If a motorist cannot move over, they should reduce speeds.

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