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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”

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”

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