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Bakken Defensive Driving Seminar

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Traffic in the Bakken continues to rise.

So too does the number of accidents.

To help drivers avoid accidents, The CTS Winter Defensive Driver Training held a seminar at the Bakken Oil Expo today.

Throughout the Bakken traffic accidents are up, which has become a cause for concern for anyone living in the state.

Traveling can be especially difficult during the winter months.

So to help travelers become better drivers the Center for Transportation Safety offered some tips.

(Michael Miller, Instructor, Center For Transportation Safety) "100% driving, 360 degree focus, slow down, pay attention to what is going on around you, and foremost is don't be an aggressive driver.

Miller believes over 90% of accidents occur because of aggression, distracted drivers or fatigued drivers.

This leaves less than 10% to outside factors like mother nature.

Driving in the snow can have many challenges, as the seminar covers and Incase you are more of a visual learner they have something for you too.

(Michael Miller, Instructor, Center For Transportation Safety) "One of the things that we find is, even with the people who have been driving with snow and ice, they really don't have a concept of what a skid is. They are used to steering the wheel when the vehicle goes into a skid. What we teach is, you pay attention to where you want to go and you drive to get there."

The Skid Control Vehicle gives the driver the simulation of when a driver skids out of control.

Whether driving in poor weather conditions or not, Miller says it's important for the driver to know his or her skill level and adjust the speed accordingly.

(Michael Miller, Instructor, Center For Transportation Safety) "Start out really slow and then work your way back up because it's easier when you are driving slow to avoid something then it is when you are driving too fast because then you aren't going to be able to avoid anything.

These tips may seem simple, but its' the little things that could help you drive a long way.

At the Bakken Oil Expo in Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

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