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MnDOT Urges Motorists To Drive With More Care In The Colder Temperatures

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With the weather getting into the below zero range on a consistent basis, there are some good tips to remember from MNdot. The most important, give yourself plenty of time and drive slower.

Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Slow down for corners and turns.

Black ice, an invisible layer of ice that forms when warm and cold air meet, is also causing icy conditions. One of the most common areas where black ice forms is at intersections where exhaust freezes, condenses into water droplets then freezes on the pavement. Black ice can also quickly form on bridge decks ramps and in shady areas.

Black is extremely bad when you are set on cruise control because it doesn’t know to slow down and actually speeds up and can cause an accident. Especially if you have one wheel catch on the ice.

Motorists should remember to:

  • Drive at safe speeds for winter driving conditions.
  • Maintain safe stopping-distances.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.

For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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