Make Safe Travel Decisions
Nebraska Department of Roads provides numerous resources to
You, and you alone are responsible for making the
to travel during inclement weather.
The Nebraska Department of
Roads is NOT responsible for the travel decisions YOU make,
or for situations that occur as
a result of your travel decisions.
During inclement weather it
is advisable that travel be delayed until highway maintenance
activities have been performed. Always drive at speeds reasonable
for the conditions of the highway.
DO NOT rely on any of this information
as the sole basis for travel decisions. Before you travel
in bad weather, check several resources to gather as much information
as possible about the weather and road conditions. You and you
alone are responsible for making the final decision to travel
during periods of bad weather.
- A winter storm is possible or approaching
- A winter storm is imminent.
- One to five inches is expected.
- Visibility can be at or below a quarter
- Wind chills of -30 to -35 are expected.
- An accumulation of freezing rain or sleet could
make exposed surfaces dangerous or cause damage.
- Get a complete tune-up in the fall.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month.
- Have your exhaust system carefully checked
for leaks that could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
- Check your radiator and hoses for cracks
and leaks. Check anti-freeze and heater.
- Make sure wipers are in good condition,
and fill up on winter washer fluid.
Make sure you have enough
fuel. Keep at least half a tank.
Clear all snow from the hood
(especially the air intake vents), roof, windows and lights.
Clear all windows of fog.
If you are forced to stop
at the side of the road, put on your emergency flashers.
Carrying a cell phone gives
you an edge in an emergency. A car charger for the phone battery,
or an extra charged battery is also a good idea. But never
use the phone while you are driving the car.
Give yourself extra time to
travel, plan your route and let someone know your destination,
the highways your will travel on,
and when you will be expected.
Keep to the main roads. Avoid
passing another vehicle when weather conditions are bad.
Wear warm clothing that does
not restrict movement. Dressing in layers is always a good
Pack a Vehicle Survival Kit and keep it in the trunk of the car at all times.
And don't forget your cell phone and charger.
o Sand or kitty litter - traction mats - tow chain
o Warning light or road flares and flashlight
o Extra clothing, hat, scarf, footwear and blankets
o Emergency food pack and first aid kit
o Booster cables
o Ice scraper and brush
o Extra windshield washer fluid
o Fuel line antifreeze
Avoid overexertion and exposure.
Shoveling and bitter cold can kill.
Stay in your car. You won’t
get lost and you’ll have shelter.
Keep fresh air in your car.
Crack open a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
Run your engine sparingly.
Beware of exhaust fumes and the possibility of carbon monoxide
Ensure the tailpipe is not
blocked by snow.
Set out a warning light or
Exercise your limbs – keep
moving and don’t fall asleep.
Wear a hat, as you can lose
up to 60 per cent of your body heat through your head.