How to Beat the Twin Cities’ Winter Driving Conditions
Winter weather is always a dicey situation.
You do your best to know the conditions but you can never be sure. Add the other drivers on the road it can turn a stressful situation even more so.
So what can you do?
Aside from watching the weather and knowing the road report, you don’t have much of a selection.
What you need to do is make it habit to check the road report before you leave. Depending on where in the Twin Cities you live, you could consider walking. Of course, please be smart if you choose to do this. If the weather is nasty or cold, it’s not the best option. But it is there. And it’s the healthy option.
The other obvious option is to use public transportation. From the trains that go through both Minneapolis and St. Paul, all you have fret about is getting to the station that is closest to you.
As noted above, the most important facet in whatever you decide to is to check the road reports and weather before you leave. That allows you to know what route to take and how much time you need. Don’t just say it, do it. If you make it habit you won’t even need to think about it any longer. As the old adage goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Once you get those checked, follow these tips:
- Know where you’re going. Have a path mapped out in your mind.
- Straight shot. This is much easier when you know where you’re going.
- Give yourself enough time. The only way you can do this is to follow the previous steps.
- Stay alert. It’s important to do this anytime you drive, but especially when the weather turns bad. It’s not just the conditions you have to think about but the other people on the road too.
You know the people we’re talking about. They always seem to be in a big truck or SUV. What they fail to realize is just because they have 4-wheel drive just don’t mean they can stop any faster.
The other thing you have to do is make sure your car and tires are up to snuff. You want your equipment best suited to handle the situations you encounter.
Of course, even if you follow these tips it doesn’t guarantee you will be free from accidents. At the same time, if you don’t follow these tips you put yourself in great risk.