Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and several other government and non-profit agencies, November 10 through November 14 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week. It is designed to educate the public about how to stay safe and warm during the cold winter months. Each day during the week has a theme, and Friday, November 14, is Winter Driving Safety Day. Here are some suggestions on how to drive safely during bad weather.
- Make sure you have a winter survival kit in your car. In the event the worst happens and you get into an accident or stranded on the side of the road, these kits are invaluable at helping you survive until help comes. Make sure you are always aware of the expected forecast before you travel and make sure your car is ready for the winter. We here at Auto Electric can prepare your car for winter. For example, we can put snow tires on your vehicle and make sure you have plenty of antifreeze.
- Be sure you have a working cell phone on you at all times. That way, if you are in an accident or witness one, it is easy to contact emergency personnel for help. Always remember what road you are on, what direction you are heading in and other location markers like that so you can tell 911 where you are.
- Remember that the 511 information system is available to you 24/7. This service gives Minnesota residents details about road safety, traffic, weather conditions and more.
- Keep an eye out for snowplows. When you see one, keep your car a safe distance from it, drive slowly and carefully and be mindful of the fact that the snowplow drivers have a lot to keep an eye on. Sometimes, they will not be able to see you because of the weather or blind spots. Keep that in mind when you are driving near one.
Do you want more information on how to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming winter season? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can Contact Us.