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Winter driving preparation


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --Winter can be a beautiful time in Minnesota, but it can also be a dangerous one too. 

We've felt the impact of slippery roads once this season, and a winter storm warning is expected to move in tomorrow.

MnDOT has prepared heaps of salt to use in case the roads reach 15 degrees or cooler. Maintenance Supervisor, Robert Langanki says, "We've got 7,300 tons of salt. That's enough to last at least two winters."

The snowplows and other trucks have been inspected, tested and are ready to go. MnDOT is working around the clock and always keeping on eye on the weather. Langanki says, "We won't stop our operations. We'll pretty much stay working until the roads are cleared."

During the plowing operations people need to be cautious. MnDOT's Community Relations Coordinator in Rochester, Kristin Kammueller says, "We ask people to watch out when we're out there. Our plow trucks are going much slower than the regular traveling public. And to give us some space. Realize that we're out there to help make your commute easier."

Here are some more tips to make your commute easier and more safe:

  • Plan Ahead-give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, speed is a huge contributing factor in accidents on slippery roads.
  • Clear your Car- make sure all windows and mirrors are clear of snow and ice.
  • Winterize your Vehicle- have belts, tires, fluid, and brakes checked.
  • Prepare for immobility- stock your car with a scraper, jumper cables, blankets, and extra dry clothing.

If you plan on traveling during this season, it pays to prepare your vehicle and yourself for winter driving.

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