MnDOT reminds motorists to use their winter driving skills

Published 3:42 pm Friday, November 12, 2010

ROCHESTER — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to use their winter driving skills this weekend, when the first potential winter storm is predicted in southeastern Minnesota.

Crews will monitor road conditions throughout the weekend, and snow plow operators are ready to respond when needed.

Motorists should remember to:

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•Check road conditions — Go to or call 511.

•Be patient — Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

•Stay back — At least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; snowplow

operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.

•Stay alert — Snowplows turn or exit frequently and often with little warning; they may also

travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.

•Slow down — Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.