Winter weather expected this weekend; be safe on the roads
A series of systems are expected to bring snow and strong winds into parts of Minnesota, and the state Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be aware of road conditions before traveling.
Updated road conditions are always available online at www.511mn.org or by calling 511.
MnDOT crews are prepared to assist motorists through this weekend's winter weather.
However, "We need motorists to do their part to keep the roads safe this winter, by giving our plows room to work," said MnDOT Acting Commissioner Bernie Arseneau.
Safe driving means being patient, slowing down, buckling up, staying alert, and staying at least five car lengths behind plows.
Avoid unnecessary travel if road conditions are too poor.
Last year in Minnesota, there were 21 crashes involving vehicles that hit snowplows. This is typically caused by inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions.
Operators have much to monitor and control, and their ability to see behind them is limited by side mirrors. Their vision can also be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing.
"We all must get back into winter driving mode, which means increasing caution and patience while reducing distractions," Arseneau urged.