It was just before 3 p.m. and I was at my job and I looked out the window and I see the snow falling moderately/heavy it was accumulating at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour. I was concerned because I was worried about my coworker making it in to work on time and they did to my surprise! I had heard we are expecting in Minnesota anywhere from 1 inch in central Minnesota to almost a foot in some places. The twin cities metro area ended up receiving anywhere from 2-4 inches, and the rest of southern Minnesota received 4-8 inches, and some isolated amounts of near a foot. Southern Minnesota received the brunt of the snowstorm.
The commute for me that typically takes me 25 minutes took me 50 minutes from work to home. I guess that gives you and idea of how bad the road conditions where this saturday afternoon. I was able to take this 1 picture. I wanted to take more but I was in my car driving so I couldn’t take anymore, and when I got home it was dark out. I see many accidents on the way home cars hitting side rails, cars in the ditch, and cars getting in fender benders. So yeah it was really a nightmare driving. I did make it home safe though. I thought of writing this article, so maybe I can help give some tips to people driving in hazardous winter road conditions, and just be prepared for the winter driving season.
I wanted to offer some tips for people on how to drive in the snow and how to do so in a safe manner.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Drive slowly.
- The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.
- Know your brakes.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it.
- Don’t power up hills.
- Don’t stop going up a hill.
- Just stay at home.
I think it’s very important in the winter especially that your car is full of gas and fresh antifreeze. The National Safety Council recommends having these with you at all times:
*Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack.
*Tow and tire chains.
*Bag of salt or cat litter for better tire traction or to melt snow.
*Flashlight and extra batteries
*Reflective triangles or flares
*First aid kit
*Ice scraper and snow brush
*Matches in a waterproof container
*Scissors and string or cord
*Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
*Blankets, mittens, socks and hats
I hope my article educated you a little about safe winter driving habits! And if it’s too treacherous for driving don’t go out driving stay at home or wherever your at it’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others.