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NDOT reminds drivers to prepare for winter travel

LINCOLN, Neb - The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) crews are prepared for the latest round of winter weather.  Workers and equipment will be out to clear the highways and monitor changing conditions throughout the expected winter storm.

Travelers are urged to be alert, be aware and check the most up to date weather and travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System.  The system is available at all times via phone by dialing 511, online at www.511.nebraska.gov, or Nebraska 511’s smartphone app.

Should travel be necessary, NDOT reminds motorists to be prepared with warm clothing water and food. If traveling a distance, a winter weather survival kit is advised with additional basic items. Travelers are advised to not drive faster than conditions allow. Surfaces will be slick under the snow and visibility may be poor.

With snow plows out on the roads, travelers are urged to be cautious and courteous to those operating them, making sure to slow down when approaching plows, usually 25-30 miles per hour or less and give them plenty of room. When traveling outside of a business or residential district, it is unlawful to follow a highway maintenance vehicle closer than 100 feet when it is plowing snow, spreading salt or sand, or displaying a flashing amber or blue light.

NDOT says that motorists are reminded to make sure everyone in their vehicle wears a seatbelt, not to use cruise control in wet or snowy weather and to keep a full gas tank.

 

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