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Driving in Snowy and Icy Conditions

With another round of snow and extreme cold on it's way in the next week or so, here are some tips to driving in the snow and ice that is prevalent in Minnesota this time of year.

Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be a challenging and dangerous experience, but with the right preparation and knowledge, you can stay safe on the roads. Here are some tips for driving in snowy and icy conditions:

  1. Slow down and maintain a safe distance: Snow and ice can make it difficult to stop or maneuver your vehicle, so it's important to slow down and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

  2. Use your headlights: Using your headlights in snowy and icy conditions will help you see the road ahead and will make it easier for other drivers to see you.

  3. Use winter tires: Winter tires are specifically designed for snowy and icy conditions and provide better traction and braking performance than all-season tires.

  4. Use gentle inputs: When driving on snow and ice, it's important to use gentle inputs on the accelerator, brakes, and steering wheel to avoid skidding or spinning out of control.

  5. Avoid sudden movements: Snow and ice can make it difficult to predict how your vehicle will respond to sudden movements, so it's important to avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel, accelerator, or brakes.

  6. Keep your gas tank full: Keep your gas tank at least half full in case you get stranded or need to change your route.

  7. Have an emergency kit: Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes things like blankets, food, water, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.

By following these tips and being prepared for snowy and icy conditions, you can stay safe on the road and avoid accidents. Remember to always be aware of the weather and road conditions, and to adjust your driving accordingly.