Getting Around in the Winter

The transition process of finding your “new normal” can take a while after relocating to Minneapolis. If you were born and raised in the sunshine but find yourself living in a new northern city where snow and ice is plentiful, there will definitely be some adjustments to be made. You may have some experience traveling in snow and ice, but your new location will bring many months of this. So here are some driving tips to help you get around in the ice and snow without throwing chains on your wheels!


1. Before traveling for the first couple of times, have your car checked out. Many people who live in the warm southern states have cars that haven’t experienced the harsh winter elements. You’ll want to take your car to a certified mechanic to make sure the antifreeze is filled, tires are properly inflated, and various other little adjustments to make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the snow and ice.


2. Know directions to your location before you travel. There is nothing more dangerous than not knowing where you are going, but adding snow and ice to the equation can make a recipe for disaster. If you are on the road and get lost, pull over to a safe spot to get directions.


3. Keep in mind to drive slow and steady. Don’t drive so slow that you’re more of a hazard than if driving at a normal speed, but don’t race through traffic either. Remember to watch out for patches of ice, and if you’re driving through snow keep a longer distance between you and the car in front of you.


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