Even though leaves are still falling on the ground, communities are getting ready for the winter months ahead. In northern areas, concerns over snowfall and ice are on the minds of officials.
It only takes one small patch of black ice to send a vehicle out of control. That is why it's important roads are properly treated and motorists use caution.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has already begun rounding up snowplow operators and preparing them to clear roads from heavy snowfall, says Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel.
"The public has told us that snow and ice removal is very important," says Sorel. "We have more than 1,500 snowplow operators clearing 30,000 lane miles of state highway each winter to ensure that motorists can get to where they want to go."
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals the first snowfall of the season results in higher fatality rates. Those who frequently find themselves on the road, especially in poor weather conditions, may want to consider purchasing life insurance. Such a policy can offer financial assistance to loved ones in the event of a deadly accident.