Despite the fact that we’re only a month into the fall season, winter weather is moving in.
As snow moves into our forecast, even if it’s just a coat of snow, it can make traveling a little more difficult.
Here are a few reminders as the winter weather approaches.
Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle with blankets, boots, a flashlight, phone charger, water, and even some snacks.
Make sure you car gets a winter tune-up. Have your brakes, wiper fluid, and tires checked.
Give yourself extra travel time, and when you do head out make sure you give yourself more than usual brake time.
Andy Mehlhoff of the Minot Police Department says driving slow is key.
“It just comes down to driving slow. Make sure you’ve got winterized tires on your vehicle. If you do have a four by four vehicle or four by four tires, that’s not necessarily going to help you drive better on the ice, you only have four points of contact on the ice with your tires. So safe driving — slow down,” says Mehlhoff.
If you ever get stranded, Mehlhoff said do not get out of the vehicle in search of help, that will just pose more risks.
When the weather gets really bad, you can always check the Department of Transportation’s travel map online.
There you can find important travel messages, route information and take a look at the DOT weather cameras.