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Behind-The-Scenes Look At MnDOT Traffic Operations

Next time your car stalls on the freeway, smile and wave. At the epicenter of MnDOT’s traffic operations in Roseville, these are the people likely looking back at you. Through 600 live cameras, MnDOT is able to pinpoint potential problems as they happen — like a flat tire or a crash — and speed up their response to keep traffic moving.

09/10/2014

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State Fair Exhibit A Wake-Up Call For Distracted Drivers

Most of the things to do at the Minnesota State Fair are fun and entertaining, but there are other features that aim to teach you a lesson. Nina Moini visited an interactive exhibit that serves as a wakeup call for Minnesotans about the dangers of distracted driving.

08/26/2014

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Gas Prices Continue To Decline

If you’re heading out of town for the holiday weekend, now might be a good time to fill up on gas. The average cost of a gallon of gas in Minnesota is $3.33. That’s down from $3.49 one year ago.

08/25/2014

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Gas Prices Are Dropping Across The Country

Drivers are in for a bit of good news. The average price for a gallon of gas has steadily dropped over the last month. The national average is now $3.52, according to AAA

07/28/2014

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WCCO Takes Evasive Driving Lesson From Navy SEAL

It’s crazy to think that the average American spends 540 hours per year behind the wheel of a car. And a lot of us make plenty of mistakes. Saturday in New Hope, Minn., an evasive driving course – which costs $350 per person – is being taught by Navy SEALs!

07/12/2014

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Traveling This Summer? Here Are Tips For Driving In Different States

With summer airfares so high this year, many families are choosing to hit the road instead of flying to their destinations. But if you are crossing state lines, be aware that the laws dealing with driving may be different from Minnesota’s laws.

06/30/2014

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Memorial Day Weekend Marks A Busy Time For Travelers

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer in Minnesota, and it also marks one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Officials with AAA said they expect a little more than 36 million people to travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend.

05/23/2014

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Road Rage Survey: Minneapolis No. 6 ‘Most Courteous’ US City

Believe it or not, Minneapolis has come a long way in the last 5 years when it comes to being courteous on the roads, according to a recent road rage survey. According to AutoVantage’s 2014 “In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey,” Minneapolis now has the sixth most courteous drivers compared to the largest U.S. cities. In 2009, Minneapolis ranked fifth least courteous.

05/12/2014

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Ultimate Guide To Your Summer Road Trip

Make the most of your summer with this ultimate guide to road trips.

05/09/2014

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Mpls. Unveils Parking Ramp Charging Stations

The City of Minneapolis just offered more opportunities for visitors to stay plugged in, literally. The city said they have finished installing 36 new charging stations for electric vehicles in a pair of downtown parking ramps.

05/07/2014

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Good Question: Do You Have To Turn Headlights On During Rain?

Over the past several days of rain, some WCCO viewers have emailed us wondering: Why do some drivers not turn on their lights in the rain? “Some people are forgetting and some people aren’t aware, and I think some people are choosing to ignore that,” said Lt. Chris Erickson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “I hope that’s not the case.”

04/30/2014

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Minnesotans Named Among Nation’s Best Drivers

A new report names Minnesotans some of the best drivers in the country overall. The report looked at fatality rates, drunk driving, tickets, careless driving and seat belt usage.

04/22/2014

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308 Road Construction Projects Planned In 2014

Break out the orange barrels — another road construction season is around the corner in Minnesota. State Department of Transportation officials Thursday unveiled the projects they’ll tackle this year.

04/03/2014

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Analysts: Gas Prices Will Continue To Rise

Gas prices have been continuing to rise at the pumps, and analysts believe they are only going to go higher. Currently, the national average for a gallon of gas is $3.43. In Minnesota, the average is 3 cents higher at $3.46.

02/26/2014

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Road Conditions Improving Around The Metro

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is out with its snow plow trucks trying to clear the roads of snow and ice, but the department says things are improving.

02/23/2014

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The Walking Dead Road Trip: Your 13-Stop Tour Of The Show’s Best Filming Locations

Check out these Walking Dead locations for your next road trip vacation.

02/12/2014

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The Winter Driving Law You May Be Breaking

There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.

02/11/2014

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Multiple Spinouts Close I-35 In Forest Lake

The alternating pattern of extreme cold and fresh doses of snow that’s held through much of January landed on snow during the worst possible time — the morning commute. Twin Cities drivers found themselves at the mercy of the white stuff Thursday morning.

01/30/2014

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‘Tire Rack Street Survival’ Teaches Teens Safe Driving

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers across the country, which is why one group is working to help keep them alive behind the wheel. The Tire Rack Street Survival program was held Saturday at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. The program was created to improve driver competence through hands-on experience. Students learn how to manage driving hazards, obstacles and challenges on an advanced driving course.

01/18/2014

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Extreme Weather Keeping Auto Repair Shops Busy

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.

01/08/2014

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As 2014 Begins, Gas Prices Higher In Minnesota

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.

01/01/2014

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As Winter Moves In, DPS Warns Of Driving Safety

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.

12/03/2013

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How To Hitchhike Across The Globe

Hitchhiking is one of the easiest ways to vacation across the world on a budget. Here are the rules to traveling the road.

11/14/2013

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Older Drivers, Could You Pass The Licensing Test Today?

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.

11/13/2013

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Jerome Simpson Officially Charged With DWI

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.

11/13/2013

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