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Help Decrease Traffic Jams by Using the Zipper Merge

April 9, 2017 - 12:04 pm

When you are on a highway and there is a lane closure up ahead, it is best to use all lanes until you reach the closure. Do not merge early! This adds to a traffic backup and can also lead to more accidents. Each car merge can be thought of as a separate intersection. Intersections slow things down. That’s why highways are so fast in general, there are on and off ramps but no intersections. When many cars decide to merge along different points on the same lane, this creates many mini-intersections, backing up both lanes of the highway. Instead, use all lanes and merge closer to the lane closure creating just one intersection. This method looks like a zipper, and so it is called the “zipper merge”.

Watch: MnDot Zipper Merge Video
Read more: MnDot Zipper Merge

Safe driving,
-Midway Driving School
“Training designed for nervous adults”

Stay Back! – Tips for driving safely behind a snowplow

March 5, 2017 - 11:35 am

Winter driving means patience. Especially patience on icy roads and behind snowplows. Snowplows travel at slower speeds and have a limited field of view. Make sure to be 5-10 car lengths behind one (according to MnDOT 10 is preferred). Also be prepared for a snowplow to exit/enter the highway frequently or even to cross over a median.

Snowplows are here to make our roads safer! Let’s give them the room they need!

Read more winter tips from MnDOT
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/workzone/winter.html

Safe driving,
-Midway Driving School
“Training designed for nervous adults”

Black Ice – Tips for driving safely on Minnesota’s icy roads

February 12, 2017 - 11:34 am

Ice isn’t always visible on the roadway. When ice is hard to see we call it “Black Ice.” This can happen when precipitation falls and freezes onto the cold pavement or a melt and freeze occurs.

Black Ice and Icy road condition tips:

Slow down
Regardless of the speed limit, drive at a safe speed for icy roads. Go especially slow on bridges, overpasses, and tunnels. These may be icier than other parts of the road due to the air traveling above AND below the road. Also pay special attention to the road in the morning. The air warms faster than the pavement creating icier than expected road conditions.

Give your car space, and avoid braking on the ice
It is much harder to brake on ice, and ice may cause your car to skid. Make sure to give your car more room than you think you need between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Also, turn off cruise control, so you are more actively engaged as a driver, and can give yourself more time to react and adjust as necessary.

Avoid distractions
Make sure you are ready to focus on the road with both hands on the wheel. Do not use your phone while driving. Texting while driving is both dangerous and illegal in Minnesota.

Read more about black ice from MnDOT
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/workzone/blackice.html

Safe driving,
-Midway Driving School
“Training designed for nervous adults”

Driving Tips for Construction Season

September 11, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Ah yes, it is the magical time of summer in Minnesota. Time to enjoy the MN State Fair or a last trip to the cabin. Maybe 18 holes of sunrise golf, or an evening picnic in your own backyard. However nice the weather is though, it is still construction season.  And this summer, we seem to have more than our fair share of road work.

Make use of these construction driving tips so you can spend more of your time enjoying the summertime rays and less of the summertime construction blues.

Check Google first (before you get into the car!)
Whether you’ve driven this route a thousand times before, it is a good idea to check Google Maps to see if  your route is taking longer than usual, or whether or not you need to select a new path to your destination. You can also check MNDOT’s site for road closures.

Give yourself extra time.
We speed and make poor decisions when we are hurried. Give yourself plenty of time this summer for the commute.

Obey construction speed limits.
Fines in construction zones are higher than on normal roadways. Err on the side of caution when it comes to speed in construction areas.

Minimize distractions.
No multitasking on the road! Staying free of distractions helps you stay alert; so turn down the radio, keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel.

Give yourself, and the next car, plenty of space
Giving yourself more space between your car and the one in front of you, gives you more time to react to changes in speed.

More construction driving tips at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/fhwasa03012/

Enjoy the sun, and be safe!

-Midway Driving School
“Training designed for nervous adults”

Winter Driving Tips

March 25, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Minnesota winters are long and tough. But Minnesotans are tougher! We still maintain our daily routines of work travel, outdoor activities and socializing. We’re mobile in the winter! However, the bitter cold, heavy snowfall and rapid swings in temperature make driving especially difficult. Here are a number of helpful tips to keep in mind as you venture out onto the roads during the cold and snowy months.

Make a Car Safety Kit

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety hundreds of Minnesotans become stranded on the road during bad winter weather. It is important to be ready for an unexpected delay due to a flat tire, car trouble or impassable conditions. Make sure your car has a dedicated place to store these items: jumper cables, a fleece blanket, a bottle of water, a flashlight, windshield scraper, a length of sturdy rope, a bag of sand, a first aid kit and, if space permits, a small shovel. It can also be helpful to place a few candy bars in your glove compartment, in case you’re really stranded.

Take Your Time

Plan to give yourself extra time on the road when you’re traveling during the winter. Accidents often occur when drivers are rushing to get to their location and push their driving ability past its limits. Peace of mind is worth those extra fifteen minutes!

Don’t Follow Too Closely

This is a great rule for every time you’re behind the wheel, but it’s doubly important during the winter. Because road conditions are unpredictable, give yourself an extra buffer between you and the car in front of you. A good rule for freeway driving is “the ten second rule.” When the car in front of you passes a sign, begin counting. If you pass the same sign before you reach the number ten, you’re following too closely.

No one can guarantee an accident-free winter of driving, but following these tips can go a long way towards improving your chances of having a safe winter on the road.

Happy and safe winter driving,
-Midway Driving School

Minnesota Seatbelt Laws Save Lives

September 2, 2013 - 6:46 pm

A few years ago, Minnesota lawmakers took a stand against belt-less drivers. For those special cases where one’s own well-being and safety isn’t a good enough reason to buckle up, now police officers are empowered to pull over Minnesota drivers for the sole purpose of issuing tickets to otherwise law-abiding drivers.

Did their belt-buckling and life-saving plan work? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yeeesssss.

A study done by the University of Minnesota shows that the new law resulted in a 68 fewer deaths and a whopping 320 fewer injuries between 2009 and 2011. That’s a lot of healthy and safe drivers that might not otherwise be on the road.

For more information on the University of Minnesota study, check out this article from Minnesota Public Radio: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/26/minnesota-primary-seat-belt-law-study

Happy safe driving, and remember to buckle up!
-Midway Driving School

How to get a MN Drivers License if you are from another country (18+ with license from previous country)

March 21, 2013 - 8:40 pm

For the DVS’s detailed description & fees for exams click here

To get your Minnesota Drivers License you’ll need…

  • Proper identification
    Whenever you go to the DVS you will need to prove your identity and show proper paperwork each step of the way. Here is a list of what you may present to prove your identity.
  • Pass the Knowledge and Skills Tests
    Present white and yellow copy of your successful test results from the Knowledge and Skills Tests.** If you are from Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Guam, or Canada you only need to take the Knowledge Test (written exam).
  • Previous Drivers License from Home Country
    New residents must show a drivers license or a certified copy of their driving record.
  • Pass a vision check
    You will need to have 20/40 vision in either or both eyes and peripheral vision of 105 in either or both eyes. If you wear glasses or contacts to drive you should wear these during this check and drivers Skills Test (road exam).
  • Have a photo taken
  • Pay appropriate fees
    You can find more information about fees here

Knowledge Test (written exam)

  • DVS Locations
    Some locations offer a computerized test in English, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and Russian
  • Drivers Manual
    This handbook will help you prepare for the test
  • Passing this test allows you get an Instruction Permit.

Skills Test (road exam)

  • Show a Valid Instruction Permit
    Instruction Permit FAQ (pdf)
    In order to get an Instruction Permit you must pass the Knowledge test. Once you have the permit, if you don’t have a permit or license from another state or country, you will practice driving with an adult licensed driver for at least three months. Then you may take the Skills Test.
  • Functioning Vehicle & Proof of Insurance
    If you don’t have your own vehicle, Midway Driving School has cars to rent for your road skills test. Contact us today to set up your first behind-the-wheel lesson and to get information about using our cars for the Skills Test.

How Midway Driving School can help you!

Training Designed for ESL & Nervous Adults
No one does it better! We have patient instructors that focus on your learning. Want to practice a specific skill? Let us know! Set up that behind-the-wheel appointment today!

Private Lessons
At Midway, we care about giving you focused attention by focusing on private lessons. Less distractions in the car is better for your learning, confidence, and safety.

Free Pickup Service
No wasted gas! We come and pick you up for your lesson. We have been serving the Twin Cities for over 30 years. Take a look at our wide service locations.

Single Lessons or Discount Packages
Buy a 1 hour, 1 1/2 hour, or 2 hour lesson at a time or pay for 6 or 7 1/2 hour package deals and use when needed! Lessons are available from 7 A.M. until 8 P.M. Monday through Saturday.

Cars Available for Minnesota License Road Test
Don’t have a vehicle for the big exam? Do not stress! We have cars available for Minnesota License Skills Test! After your first behind-the-wheel lesson you are eligible for renting one of MDS’s vehicles.

Happy and safe driving,
Midway Driving School

Pay Special Attention at Intersections!

January 29, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Drivers of all ages should pay special attention at intersections. And a recent study has proved it again. Taking your time to approach the intersection slowly can calm a driver, but it can also mean less accidents.

A recent study reports that bicyclists and drivers are equally to blame for accidents due to not yielding the right-of-way, and “The vast majority of crashes occurred within 50 feet of an intersection.” Minneapolis, has also been voted the “Top Bike-Friendly City” in the US. With bikes and cars sharing the road more and more, everyone needs to take their time and look, follow right-of-way, and show extra caution at the intersections.

Midway Driving School has offered nervous adult behind the wheel driving lessons for more than thirty years. No one knows better how to teach you to be a safe driver, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. Give us a call and set up your first lesson today! Twin Cities (612) 623-4142 – Duluth (218) 626-0123 – Rochester (507) 289-3456

Safe Driving,
– Midway Driving School

The Midway Driving School Difference

December 2, 2012 - 4:27 pm

1. Convenient
We work with your schedule. Driving lessons can be scheduled for Monday-Saturday. You also don’t need to waste time getting dropped off or finding us, we come to you free of charge!

2. Locations
Since we drive to you, we have been able to serve large areas of Minnesota including: Andover, Anoka, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington Zip Codes: 55420, 55425, Bloomington Zip Codes: 55439, 55438, 55437, 55431, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Chaplin, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Dayton, Duluth, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Fridley, Golden Valley, Inver Grove Heights, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minneapolis All Zip Codes Except 55411, 55412, Minneapolis Zip Codes: 55411, 55412, Minnetonka, Moundsview, New Brighton ,New Hope, North Oaks, Oakdale, Osseo, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rochester, Rogers, Rosemount, Roseville, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, St Anthony, St Louis Park, St Paul All Zip Codes Except 55119, 55117, 55106, St Paul Zip Codes: 55119, 55117, 55106, Vadnais Heights, Wayzata, West St Paul, White Bear Lake, Woodbury

3. Experience
Whether you are a homeschooling student, a nervous adult driver, or someone with English as a second language (ESL), we have patient and well-trained instructors that will give you the behind the wheel driving confidence you need. We’ve offered behind the wheel training in Minnesota for over 30 years!

Call us today to set up your first driving appointment!
-Midway Driving School

“Share the Road” – MDOT Campaign to See Pedestrians

October 2, 2012 - 7:00 pm

According to the Star Tribune, pedestrian deaths in 2012 are already at a 5 year high in Minnesota. MDot has decided to launch a “Share the Road” campaign to raise awareness to this deadly, but very reversible trend.

Here are some of their major tips:

1.) “Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.“
2.) “Watch for pedestrians at all times.”
3.) “Avoid distracted and aggressive driving”

At Midway Driving School, we make sure all our behind-the-wheel drivers understand the importance of safety while driving. Students are trained to actively pay attention to the road without distractions.

MDS serves Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester areas. We also provide free pick-up for behind-the-wheel lessons. Midway driving school specializes in ESL, Nervous Adult, and Homeschool behind-the-wheel training. Our driver license service includes arranging appointments for our students to use our training cars for their Minnesota license Road Test.

Click here to see if we serve your area and to make an appointment today.

Safe Driving,
Midway Driving School