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Ask A Trooper: Keep safe driving this winter. Published pm Thursday, December 30,

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By Sgt. Troy Christianson Question: Now that winter is here, can you talk about winter travel safety? It not only involves knowing what to do while your vehicle is in motion, but preparing carefully before you leave the house and being ready in case of a crash. Before you leave 1. Check weather and road conditions. Whether you look online or call , make sure the roads between you and your destination are safe enough to travel.

Grab your emergency kit and charge your phone. Top off your tank and clean off the snow and ice. Travel in poor conditions can take a lot longer than normal, so make sure you have plenty of gas. And when we recommend cleaning the snow off your windows, we mean all of them, not just an eye-level swath of the windshield.

Buckle up and put distractions away. This is good advice no matter the weather, but before those wheels roll, put on your seat belt same for your passengers. Limit distractions by setting your music and GPS before you go, or just put your phone away altogether. Slow down. Turn your lights on. In the wintertime, headlights are as much for being seen as they are for seeing. If you crash 1.

Steer where you want the car to go. If you hit a patch of ice, stay calm and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go. Get off the road. If you do crash, try to get off the road to a safe location, such as a parking lot. This will help keep other motorists from crashing into you. Stay inside. You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention, and always drive sober.

Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Or reach him at, Troy. Christianson state.

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