Four people died on Minnesota roads on Monday, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists to use caution as they adapt to another winter on the road.
One person was killed after their car was struck by a semitrailer traveling east on I-94 in Stearns County when it jackknifed, crossing the median into westbound traffic.
A motorist traveling northbound on Highway 7 in Big Stone County died after losing control of the vehicle that ran off the road and rolled down a steep hill.
A driver traveling westbound on Highway 210 in Aitkin County was killed after the vehicle slid sideways into eastbound traffic. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound vehicle.
A motorist traveling westbound on Sherburne Avenue in Becker Township (Sherburne County) died when the vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
In 2012, there were 5,688 crashes on snow- and ice-covered roads in Minnesota. Those crashes resulted in 28 deaths and 3,109 injuries.
WINTER DRIVING TIPS
-Avoid unnecessary travel if conditions are too poor.
-Buckle up, and make sure child restraints are secured. It is recommended not to use bulky clothing when securing a child in a restraint. Use blankets on top of the child restraint harness, not beneath.
-Drive at safe speeds according to road conditions, and provide for plenty of travel time.
-Increase safe stopping distance between vehicles.
-If skidding, remain calm, ease foot off the gas, and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
-Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
-Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.
-Do not use cruise control on snowy/icy/wet roads.
-Use extra precautions when driving around snowplows by keeping at least five car-lengths behind plows.