Captain Lance Rogers, Nebraska State Patrol Commander of Headquarters Troop-Lincoln, says the brutal blast of winter caught many drivers by surprise. A little preparation can make a big difference.
“Always, of course, carry those emergency first aid kits if you can in your vehicle,” Rogers tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He suggests carry a few extra clothes, such as extra coats, gloves, and hats. Also, blankets or a sleeping bag could provide warmth if you get stranded. Jumper cables and a tow rope would also be good winter accessories.
Motorists might want to consider packing some non-perishable food and bottled water.
Rogers advises motorists who land in a ditch or get stuck to stay with their car. If you have a cell phone, dial Star-55 to let the Patrol know you are stranded.
Both NSP and the Nebraska Department of Roads have a theme for bad weather: Know Before You Go.
“The ‘Know Before You Go’ portion is to dial 5-1-1 or to get on www.511.nebraska.gov <http://www.511.nebraska.gov> and check out the road conditions if they’re not going to call ahead first,” according to NDOR spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie.
Plan ahead. Leave early. Go slow.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]