Safety Tips

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Stay alert to the heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic around campus.
  • Always leave your vehicle with the windows/sunroof closed and doors locked, even if you will only be gone a short time.
  • Put valuables/packages in the trunk before you arrive at your destination.
  • Scan the path you walk to and from your car. Check around and inside the vehicle before entering.
  • Have your keys in your hand prior to arriving at your car.
  • Don’t walk into a parking area if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Park in well-lit, visible areas when returning to your vehicle after dark.
  • Avoid parking next to large trucks or vans.
  • Use caution in enclosed parking garages.
  • Lock your door while driving.
  • Keep your car in good running condition with the gas tank at least a quarter full.
  • Stay in your car if it breaks down on the road. Raise the hood and set your emergency lights. When someone stops to help, ask them through a closed or cracked window to call the police for help. Do not get out.
  • If you see a motorist in need, get the vehicle’s license plate number and location, then call the police for help.
  • If you think something is wrong with your vehicle, are bumped from behind or being followed, pull into the nearest service station or well-lit public area and call the police from there.
  • Police emergency lights are red and blue. Do not stop for flashing white headlights alone.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.


  • Plan ahead for snow days - give yourself extra time
  • Know the road - when weather is good, learn where the road curves, how many turn lanes there are and other qualities of the road
  • Be patient - slow down and give plows room to work
  • Never use cruise control or get distracted in your driving - keep your eyes on the road, as well as hands and feet ready to respond

Advice from Hennepin County

More safety tips from the National Weather Service


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Campus Safety Links