MnDOT Urges Motorists To Plan Ahead This Thanksgiving
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking drivers to plan ahead and check road conditions before their holiday travels, according to a press release.
“Knowing what the driving conditions are before you leave can make it a safe holiday for you and your family,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle, in a news release.
The 511 traveler information system website and 511 app, can help travelers know what driving conditions are across the state before they travel.
MNDot is asking motorists to take responsibility to:
- Avoid distractions; stay off cell phones and mobile devices.
- Don’t crowd the plow. Stay back at least five car lengths, and preferably 10, from the snow plow.
- Obey the law by turning on headlights and wearing seat belts.
- Turn off cruise control.
- Make sure vehicles are in good operating condition for winter driving. Allow extra time and always be prepared when traveling during winter weather events.
Over the last five years (2011-2015), 36% of all fatal traffic crashes on Thanksgiving were drunk driving related, according to a July press release from MNDot.