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Nebraska State Patrol Offers Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads in Winter Weather

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The Nebraska State Patrol is sharing tips on how to stay safe on the roads during the impending winter storm.

They suggest checking read condition and closures before heading out on the road. This information can be found by going to 511.nebraska.gov, ndortraveler.mobi on your phone, or by dialing 511 on your cell phone (800-906-9069 from a landline).

"All signs point to this storm having the potential to make travel extremely dangerous," said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. "We encourage motorists to closely monitor weather and road conditions and be prepared to change travel plans as necessary."

The Nebraska State Patrol is sharing the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme winter weather conditions:

  • Travel only if absolutely necessary. Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
  • Use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Let others know where you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.
  • If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your car until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.
  • If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach to the outside to signal you are in trouble.

Be sure to include a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as your travel. The following are some basic items to keep in your car in case you become stranded in wintry weather:

Emergency first aid kit

Ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand

Flashlight (extra batteries), portable battery operated radio

Non-perishable snacks or dehydrated foods

Blankets or sleeping bag (extra set dry clothing)

Fully charged cell phone

Jumper cables

Empty coffee can or plastic container

Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.

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