Motorists urged to use caution during holiday travel
Duluth, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists travelling for the holiday to use caution due to winter weather conditions. High winds, dangerous cold, blowing and drifting snow, and whiteout conditions are likely, making travel difficult or impossible. Strong winds may also knock down trees already burdened from heavy snow.
Motorists should prepare for changing weather and monitor road conditions at 511mn.org. The forecasted conditions could become a life-threatening situation for stranded motorists. If possible, MnDOT recommends changing travel plans. If travel is necessary, drivers should plan accordingly with an emergency supply kit and clothing for extreme cold.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
For tips on safe winter driving, visit www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.