Winters in Minnesota can be brutal, especially for travelers. But being prepared for the worst-case scenario will help to reduce the chances that a bad situation will become worse. Whether you slide off the road on black ice or need to pull over and wait for better visibility during a snowstorm, being prepared for Minnesota winter driving will help keep your family safe.
Cold Weather Driving Preparedness
Let’s take a closer look at items to have in your winter emergency kit and what to do if you are in an emergency situation on the road.
Minnesota Winter Emergency Kit
- Windshield scraper and brush (heavy duty)
- Snow shovel in case you get stuck in the snow
- Battery boost jumper or jumper cables in case your battery dies
- LED flashlight and extra batteries
- Snacks (protein or energy bars) and water
- Warm clothes and blanket (snow pants, gloves, hat, face mask)
- First Aid Kit (in case someone is injured in a car crash)
- Flares or reflectors to warn other drivers
- Portable cell phone charger
- Extra windshield washer fluid (with anti-freeze components) for better visibility during a storm
Always Keep your Gas Tank Half Full
Your parents probably always told you… “Always keep your gas tank at least half full, especially in the winter” and they are right! Keeping your gas tank more than half full can save you money on costly auto repairs and reduce the likelihood that you will run out of gas. In the winter, condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank and freeze causing frozen fuel lines, making it more difficult to start your car. Also, be sure that you have good windshield wiper blades that are in working order.
“Always keep your gas tank at least half full, especially in the winter.”
What to do in Emergency
If you do get in an emergency situation driving during winter in Minnesota, the first thing you want to do is make sure everyone is OK, and get off the road if you can. Stay in your car if you can’t move safely away. Make your car visible with flares or reflectors and stay warm with extra clothing and blankets. Resist the urge to walk for help during a winter storm as it is dangerous to leave during cold temperatures or poor visibility.
Stay safe this winter by practicing smart winter driving habits and by having your winter emergency kits ready in your vehicles. If something does happen on the road this winter, be assured that Christian, Phil, and Mike at MG Insurance are ready to help with your auto accident claim. If you are unsure if you are carrying adequate coverage, contact us today at 320-235-9394 for an annual insurance review.