Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins says we all need to refresh ourselves on winter driving.
“One of the basic things is to make sure that you adjust your vehicle speed and never travel faster than conditions allow,” Collins tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That sign might say 75, but if the conditions don’t allow you to go 75, you need to adjust for those conditions.”
Other precautions drivers need to take include turning on headlights, turning off the cruise control, increasing following distance between vehicles and being careful driving over bridges and overpasses, which might be slicker than the roads.
Weather forecasters predict anywhere between four and 14 inches of snow in Nebraska. Blizzard conditions are expected to form in the western section of the state, perhaps even in central Nebraska.
Travel information is available from the Nebraska Department of Roads. You can dial 5-1-1 on your cell phone or landline for information or go to the department website at http://www.511.nebraska.gov/atis/html/index.html. Travelers outside of Nebraska wanting to check weather and road conditions can dial 1-800-906-9069.
If blizzard conditions form, it could force the department to close roads.
Collins says the best route motorists can take the next couple of days could be to delay travel.
“I always look at it this way, if it’s my choice to be stuck at home or my choice to be stuck on the road; I would think the vast majority of us would rather be stuck at home than stuck out on the road,” Collins says.
Collins says motorists in need of non-emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline at *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Deb Collins with the Nebraska State Patrol on road conditions [5 min]