Winter Driving Safety Tips and Yearly Statistics Report From Polk County Sheriff’s Office
By: Mary Balstad email@example.com
Polk County, MN – Road conditions in Minnesota are notoriously dreadful when it comes to the winter season. Because of this, the Polk County Sheriff’s office is on high alert as the temperature continues to drop and the snow piles up. Deputy Mike Norland shared some tips for drivers about getting ready for the roads and spoke about ‘Older Drivers Awareness Week.’ This week is meant to dedicated awareness for older drivers and what may affect their driving. The tips offered can also be applied to younger drivers, particularly in the winter months.
Norland stresses that checking the weather before travelling is probably one of the most important parts for travel preparation. Conditions could cause road closures and no running snow plows. Because of the different challenges, packing a winter survival kit for one’s car is essential.
Other essential items to keep in one’s car is a shovel, sand or kitty litter for traction and a flashlight. By packing these items and practicing safe driving, it lowers the possibility of traffic-related fatalities. 2021 Year-to-date traffic fatalities are reported to be the highest recorded in the last five years. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that most of the fatalities are caused by either impaired driving or speeding. By buckling up and slowing down these numbers can be reduced, letting people get home safely for the holidays.