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

Safe driving,
-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:

Happy safe driving, and remember to buckle up!
-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

5 Tips for Nervous Adult Drivers and New Drivers

September 6, 2012 - 6:35 pm

1. Make Sure Your Route Is All Planned Out
Knowing where you are going helps a lot and makes you more confident in your driving abilities. Just one thing less to worry about!

2. Take Breaks!
No one is perfect and on long trips sometimes the driving conditions call for you to pull off to the shoulder or find a gas station. Take breaks when necessary! Maybe you’re tired, stressed, need to stretch your legs, or just need to get some food. Don’t feel bad doing it. Just compose yourself and then go back on the road when you are ready.

3. Remove Distractions
The less things vying for your attention the better your driving will be! General rule, keep your eyes on the road!

  • Eat when your engine is turned off, not while driving.
  • Drive with as few passengers as possible.
  • Put your phone off to the side. No need for texting while driving!

4. Give Cars Extra Space
If you need to drive a little slower, no problem! Make sure you’re in the far right lane and always give other cars ample space. Giving other cars extra space can give you a more time to make decisions and break.

5. Practice Driving with a Trusted Friend
Especially for beginning drivers, make sure to only invite a trusted responsible friend into the vehicle. This person can catch mistakes, help navigate and make you feel at ease.

Midway Driving School strives to make you feel comfortable while driving. You can even schedule an appointment to focus on areas you personally want to work on to be confident on the road.  Make and appointment today with MDS!

Happy Safe and Confident Driving!

-Midway Driving School

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Link to Minnesota Driver Manual

July 31, 2011 - 4:49 am

Click here for easy access the the Minnesota Driver Manual (pdf).

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July 2, 2011 - 7:46 pm

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