Thursday, November 21, 2013

Winter Weather Travel Tips


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WINTER WEATHER TRAVEL TIPS
Along with your home and workplace, vehicles also need to be prepared for the upcoming winter season. It is very important to fully check and winterize your vehicle, which includes having a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, and oil levels.
If you must travel during winter conditions, it is best not to travel alone. Try to plan your travel during the day, and make sure to let others know your destination, route, and when you expect to arrive. Make sure to keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Always carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit in your car!!
Mobile phone, charger and batteries . Flashlight with extra batteries . First-aid kit. Knife. Shovel. Tool Kit. Tow rope. Battery booster cables. Compass and road maps. A windshield scraper and brush or small broom for ice/snow removal. Blankets and sleeping bags, or newspapers for insulation. Rain gear, extra sets of dry clothes, socks, mittens, and stocking caps. Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues, paper towels, and plastic bags for sanitary purpose . Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water. Cards, games, and puzzles. High calorie, non-perishable food, such as canned fruit, nuts, and high energy "munchies" (Include a non-electric can opener if necessary). A small sack of sand or cat litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats.  A brightly colored (preferably red) cloth to tie to the antenna.
Winter Weather Road Condition Information
Before you travel, check out the latest road conditions. Road report information across Nebraska can be found at the Nebraska Department of Roads web site at:
Nebraska:http://www.511.nebraska.gov/atis/html/index.html
For in-state information call 511. When out of state call: 1-402-471-4533
South Dakota: http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/  Out of state: 1-866-697-3511
Wyoming: http://map.wyoroad.info/ Out of state: 1-888-996-7623
Colorado: http://www.cotrip.org/roadConditions.htm  Out of state: 1-303-639-1111
Kansas:http://511.ksdot.org/KanRoadPublic_VE/Default.aspx  Out of state: 1-800-585-7623
Missouri: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/ Out of state: 1-800-222-6400
Iowa: http://511ia.org Out of state: 1-800-288-1047

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