ST. CLOUD -- Yesterday's (Monday) snow storm is a good reminder to start practicing your winter driving skills.

The St. Cloud area saw about 5 inches of snow and Andy's Towing President Joe Kampa says they were busy taking care of many accidents.

"We were very busy last (Monday) night. Once one car goes into the ditch, it's very common for another car to hit the same slippery bad spot in the road," says Kampa.

Kampa says as the winter season begins and snow becomes more common it's important to take that extra time and be more aware of your surroundings.

"The biggest mistake people make this time of year is not slowing down and also not slowing down when they see flashing lights. If you see any flashing lights there's a good chance there's an issue going on," says Kampa.

Kampa says their typical response time is about ten minutes. However, depending on the storm is or where they are it could take longer. So having a snow emergency kit as you wait is important.

"Towing on snow days is kind of like trying to get into a restaurant at 5:00 p.m. without a reservation," says Kampa.

So if you find yourself stuck in the ditch this winter, remain calm, stay with your vehicle and call for help.


(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)