The recent snowfall has caused Minnesotans to have to remember how to drive in ice and snow.  MN-Dot's William Van Koevering has some suggestions:

Tips to avoid skidding:

•             Always drive at a speed that’s safe for the road conditions. Remember that this may be slower than the posted speed limit.

•             Give yourself plenty of distance to stop and stay at least ten car lengths behind snowplows.

•             Never use cruise control on wet or snow-covered roads.

If your vehicle starts to skid:

•             Do not panic.

•             Resist the urge to slam on the brakes – this could lock your wheels and worsen the skid.

•             Ease your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

•             If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply a steady, firm pressure to the brake pedal. Don’t pump ABS brakes.

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You are your vehicle’s best safety feature. Watch for slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses. Be physically and mentally prepared to react – and remember that your seat belt is your best defense in case of a crash.

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