The extreme cold has made driving a challenge for many across the metro area. From cars that didn’t start to fender benders along every stretch of highway, this polar blast translates into big bucks for repair shops. The majority of those shops have holding areas filled with dozens of banged up vehicles waiting to be repaired.
In the new year, Minnesota drivers are paying more at the pumps than a year ago. The average price statewide is $3.24 a gallon. That compares to $3.07 this time last year.
With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution. There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.
Hitchhiking is one of the easiest ways to vacation across the world on a budget. Here are the rules to traveling the road.
The demographics of Minnesota’s roads are changing. Between 2006 and 2012, the numbers of drivers age 49 and younger fell sharply. Meanwhile, during the same time period, every category of drivers age 50 and older was on the rise. But from the shape and meaning of road signs to the law allowing right turns on red, a lot has changed over the years.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has officially been charged with DWI, after being arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving along Interstate 394. Simpson was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of refusing to submit a chemical test, which is a misdemeanor.
Disbelief? Shock? Joy? All of the above apply when it comes to filling up at the gas pump these days. AAA Minnesota reports an average price of $3 per gallon in the Twin Cities metro area.
Remember when going on a road trip meant unfolding maps, plotting your course, and writing out step-by-step directions? Technology has changed all that, with GPS units and map apps to track our trips. Waze users report accidents, stalled vehicles and traffic jams, and it all gets factored into travel estimates.
An Apple Valley high school is getting creative with the message to drive distraction free. “It’s a pretty effective video, and she’s adorable,” Eastview High School senior Carrie Burns said. “She” is 5-year-old Sofia Fornicoia.
In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel.
Real or staged this is a fantastic video of one driver trying to get out of a parking lot.
As the weather starts to take a turn for the colder, it’s assured snowflakes aren’t that far off. And that, in turn, gives us cause to wonder if Twin Cities drivers are safe enough to handle the coming winter months.
In our culture of distracted driving, school buses have become increasingly vulnerable. In 2012, 553 school buses were involved in accidents, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Driving can be dangerous for any new teen driver, but research shows that adding texting to the mix makes matters much worse. Sending or reading a text message distracts most teenage drivers for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, it’s like driving the entire length of a football field while blind. Lt. Jeff Schlumpberger with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says it’s illegal to text and drive in Minnesota.
You may start to see a lot more vehicles with pink mustaches on the streets of St. Paul. A new, free car-sharing app called Lyft connects drivers and passengers. Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Swanson has climbed aboard the bandwagon simply by having a smartphone and a car.