Well, here we go again. It is November and another Minnesota winter is right around the corner. This is wonderful news for those who love colder temperatures, snow, and outdoor winter activities. Minnesota certainly provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy the winter, from ice fishing and ice skating, to snowboarding and snowmobiling.
This time of the year also marks the beginning of the holiday season, when family and friends travel, so they can celebrate and be together. While the winter holidays are cause for celebration, they can also be cause for concern when traveling. Increased travel during the winter means an increase in possible road side emergencies. Being prepared for just about anything is your best defense for survival.
At American Auto Body, we big believers in safety first. If winter weather is severe, it is always best to wait it out until road conditions improve. If travel is required, we suggest being as prepared as possible.
Below are a few suggestions to have in your car or trunk when traveling. If you drive long distances to work every day, it is recommended to keep these emergency car kit items with you each time you leave the house. Keeping these items together in a designated area of your car is also recommended for quickly locating in an emergency.
Winter Emergency Check List
First aid kit
Flashlight and/or headlamp
Emergency flares, reflective markers, and reflective vest
Vehicle fire extinguisher
Battery operated radio
Blanket and sleeping bag
Extra clothing (snow pants, coats, hats, gloves, and boots)
Food and water (packaged items such as granola bars or energy bars)
This year’s Black Friday had dealerships across the nation advertising unbeatable deals for the retail holiday, but it turns out that New Year’s Eve specials might be even better. According to TrueCar.com, last year’s discounts on cars were actually the highest on Dec. 31, 2013, with the average discount off suggested retail price at 8.8% that day, as compared with 8.2% during that year’s Black Friday.
By the end of 2014, there will have been over $30 million invested in transportation projects across Minnesota’s Hennepin County. For an interactive map of the current projects, you can view Hennepin County’s “Transportation Map” here.
Included in the county’s long-term construction projects are:
American Auto Body is dedicated to helping you stay safe and up-to-date on auto and transportation news in Hennepin County. For more information about our services, call 763-424-2522 or visit us online
As the temperature continues to drop, icy road conditions will soon appear, especially during our morning commutes. In Minnesota, we are well-accustomed to driving in icy and snowy weather, but we have had a nice summer break so it’s important to freshen up on our winter driving skills! Remember to: