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Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter Driving Safety

A car in a snowy ditch and a state patrol squad car parked on the edge of the road

Another autumn is on the books, and winter is coming on faster than we’d like (for some of us, it has already arrived). Before the snow begins to fly in earnest, take some time to get ready for safe winter driving. Over the past five years in Minnesota, law enforcement officers reported snowy or icy road conditions in almost 80,000 crashes, which led to 214 deaths and 20,761 injuries. That’s a lot of reasons to remind yourself about how to stay safe on snowy, icy roads. Learn what to do before you set out, while driving, and if you crash in this blog.

Too Much Motorcycle Training? No Such Thing.

A motorcycle training student navigates through orange cones as an instructor watches

There are thousands of motorcycle riders throughout Minnesota who have better riding skills than they started the season with. How do we know? Because a total of 4,293 people took Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) rider training courses this season. And although that included a lot of beginners, many said they’d be coming back, and many already have.

Find out what training participants are saying about the class, the instructors, and how their skills advanced – and where to find information about the 2020 training season – in our latest blog.

DPS-DVS is Offering Weekend Road Tests Through the End of the Year at Metro Exam Stations

Cars lined up for road tests

More than 3,000 Minnesotans will take the Class D road test on weekends in November and December at metro exam stations. DPS-DVS is offering the additional Saturday and Sunday appointments in an effort to reduce wait times while developing a long-term solution to meet the needs of Minnesotans wanting to earn driving privileges.

The majority of the appointments are filled at this time.

The DVS metro exam stations in Arden Hills, Eagan and Plymouth are open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. now through Dec. 22, in addition to regular Monday through Friday hours. These extended weekend hours are dedicated to fulfilling Class D road test appointments. No other services are available during these hours. More information is available on the DVS website.

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Video Description: Joe Tikalsky was getting his newspaper when a distracted driver hit him in October 2015. Now, his wife of 53 years must live her final years alone.