Ask A Trooper

by Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol

Winter Worse Than Summer?

Question: I would be very interested to know if winter driving is really worse than summer? It seems like we hear a lot more about crashes in the winter time, but I suppose it may or may not be true. Thanks for talking about this topic.

Answer: Well, you are not alone if you think that winter driving is worse. According to a survey sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety at the U of M’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, about 83 percent of Americans consider winter to be the most dangerous season for driving on rural roadways. About eight percent of Americans believe summer is the most dangerous time; about four percent say spring and four percent think fall.

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