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Plan Ahead: Drive Safe this Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year.  | 

Minnesota Department of Transportation contributed to this report.
November 22, 2017 05:21 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With so many motorists on the road, the Minnesota Department of Transportation would like to remind travelers to take it easy.  Make sure you plan ahead and check road conditions before they begin your trip.

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“With more people projected to travel this year, knowing what the driving conditions are before you leave can make it a safer holiday for you and your family,” Commissioner Charlie Zelle said in a press release. “Minnesotans know that weather can change quickly this time of year, so being prepared for the driving conditions before heading out is an important step to take.”

Click to view the StormTeam Forecast and Interactive Radar.

 MnDOT has some tips for travelers:

  • Allow extra time for travel delays.
  • When driving around snowplows, stay back at least 10 car lengths between your vehicle and the plow.
  • Slow down and drive a safe speed for current conditions, which sometimes means lower than the posted limit.

Motorists can also take steps to make themselves safer on Minnesota roads:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel if conditions are too poor.
  • Buckle up, and make sure child restraints are secured tightly.
  • Increase safe stopping distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
  • Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.
  • Do not use cruise control on snow, icy or wet roads.
  • Be sure cell phones are charged for long trips, and inform your family of destination plans and schedule.
  • If stranded, stay in the vehicle.

More winter driving information is available on the MnDOT and DPS websites. 


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Minnesota Department of Transportation contributed to this report.

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