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Posted on: November 20, 2018

A Friendly Winter Vehicle Reminder from the Blaine Police Department

Tire in the Snow - Winter Safety Tips - Blaine Police Department

Winter in Minnesota is inevitable, so is remembering our winter driving and vehicle skills. The Blaine Police Department would like to remind you of a few vehicle safety tips this winter.

  • If you are warming up your vehicle before you leave, lock the door and do not let the vehicle out of your sight.  Many winter auto thefts occur because of an easy opportunity.
  • Do not warm your vehicle while it is still in the garage.  Carbon monoxide can quickly build up and drift into your home.
  • If you are at the gas pump, shut your vehicle off, lock the doors and take the keys with you.  Do not leave your purse out in the open.  It takes seconds to break a window and steal it.
  • Never, ever leave an unattended child in your vehicle. Take the extra time and bring them inside with you. “I was only in there for a few minutes” is not an excuse and can put your child at risk if someone decides to take the opportunity you left for them by stealing your car. 
  • When the first snow/slush hits the ground, take your time and slow down.  Stopping distances increase. Even if your car has anti-lock brakes, that does not mean you’ll stop before hitting the car in front of you.  Do not speed up to make it through that yellow traffic light. Slow down and prepare for the red light to follow.
  • Check your wiper blades. Are they worn out and need to be replaced?
  • Is your snow brush and scraper in the trunk? Taking a few moments to prepare will save you the headache of not being able to scrape that ice off your windshield or wipe the snow off your vehicle when you leave work.

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