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Winter in Minnesota can put a damper on driving conditions, especially when snow and ice are involved. Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in more than half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter in the U.S., according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA urges drivers to slow down, be cautious and prepare their vehicles for the winter season.

“Driving in winter conditions can be challenging,” says Chris Claeson, Manager of Driving Programs at AAA Minneapolis. “Black ice, heavy snowfall, roads that have not been cleared of snow and other bad driving conditions can make it more difficult for drivers to control their vehicle and avoid a crash.”

“If you have no choice but to venture out into ice and snow, remember to pack an emergency kit and drive slowly. However, if you really don’t have to go out, stay home. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.”

-Chris Claeson, Manager of Driving Programs at AAA Minneapolis

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