November 07, 2018|
Winter Weather Calls for Driver Preparation, says AAA
Omaha, NE (November 7, 2018) Snow and cold weather make driving conditions more difficult for motorists, especially during storms when icy conditions prevail. AAA – The Auto Club Group advises motorists to prepare themselves and their vehicles for dangerous road conditions.
“Motorists should allow extra time to get to their destination,” advises Rose White, public affairs director for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Since speed is a factor in many crashes, never be in a hurry when road conditions are slick. Monitor weather conditions and follow the advice from authorities. If it is not safe to travel and you don’t need to venture out, don’t drive. Wait until road conditions improve.”
The Nebraska Department of Transportation’s 511 Advanced Traveler Information System, provides the public with information that will assist commuters and travelers along Nebraska’s highway system. There are three ways to access 24-hour-a-day, year-round Nebraska road condition and traveler information—by mobile app, website, and phone.
Nebraska 511 features an app that works on smartphones and tablets operating on the Apple and Android platforms. Visit the App Store or Google Play and search for Nebraska 511.
The 511 website can be accessed at www.511.nebraska.gov. The 511 website provides a wealth of information including road conditions, camera views of selected roadways, and colored-coded roadways to show speeds to indicate a slowdown in real-time.
The 511 voice-activated phone menu system does not provide weather forecasts. It will provide current road condition information. To access 511 via a cell phone within Nebraska dial 511. If calling from outside of Nebraska or using a landline from anywhere in the U.S., dial 800-906-9069.
AAA recommends that motorists keep emergency supplies in their vehicle, including a cell phone, travel charger for your cell phone, boots, socks, gloves, stocking cap, blankets, a coffee can filled with candles and matches, flashlight and reflective triangle.
“If you become stranded on a highway, it is best to stay with the vehicle. If you can start your engine, run it for a few minutes at a time, just long enough to keep warm. Always clear snow away from the exhaust pipe area before starting the engine. A snow blocked exhaust pipe could cause deadly carbon monoxide gases to enter the passenger compartment,” warns White.
“If you see a stranded motorist and you are unable to render aid, dial *55 on your cell phone and provide the dispatcher with a description of the vehicle and details about the vehicle’s location, such as the nearest mile marker number or landmark,” she added.
AAA recommends the following tips for winter driving:
Motorists can help keep their vehicles on the road by doing the following:
Each vehicle in your family should be equipped with a winter emergency road kit that contains the following:
• Plastic container of abrasive material such as sand or salt. (Use an empty plastic ice cream bucket or gallon jug to store your sand.)
• Small snow shovel and ice scraper
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Winter grade windshield washer solvent
• Empty coffee can filled with candles and matches (mini-furnace)
• Mobile phone, pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family members and emergency services
• First-aid kit
• Non-perishable snacks
• Blankets, thermal sleeping bag, boots, heavy socks, gloves, hat, and scarves to prevent frostbite and hypothermia
• Jumper cable with safety goggles
• Warning devices (flares or triangles)
• Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
• Large plastic trash bags, newspapers, floor mats (use as insulation between layers of clothing)
• Red scarf or flag, or folding windshield sun visor that indicates Call Police
Phone Applications Available From AAA
Android and iPhone users can download AAA Mobile, AAA’s mobile smartphone app that provides AAA services for all motorists, such as mapping and gas price comparisons, as well as member-exclusive benefits including roadside assistance. AAA Membership is not required to download and use AAA apps, but is necessary to take advantage of unique member benefits such as roadside assistance. For more information on AAA Mobile, visit AAA.com/Mobile.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
Note to the news media: For downloadable film footage to support these consumer tips, visit www.newsroom.aaa.com. Click-on the For Media tab in the upper right. Click videos, Driver Education & Training. Select the video Winter Driving.
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