Winter Driving Safety Tips
Winter is just around the corner. So far, Nebraska has received its first round of snowfall for the season — resulting in several school and event cancellations.
In conjunction with the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, and the National Weather Service, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has offered Nebraska drivers some tips on how to prepare for road safety during winter weather conditions, according to the Fremont Tribune.
“Last season, Nebraska experienced one of the worst winters on record. We had more snow events during the winter of 2018-2019 than anyone can recall at the Nebraska Department of Transportation,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis.
Safety tips to consider this winter
For drivers who decide to travel during winter weather conditions, NDOT offers these safety tips:
- Always be prepared with warm clothing, water, food, and a full tank of gas.
- When traveling long distances, keep a winter weather survival kit handy.
- Avoid traveling too fast for conditions, even if you have to drive below the posted speed limit.
- When approaching plows, reduce your speed, keep a safe distance and avoid passing plows on the right.
- Ensure that all vehicle occupants are buckled up.
Know the risk before traveling
These tips can help drivers navigate the winter weather safely. NDOT also warns drivers to stay off the road during dangerous conditions. These conditions include extremely low temperatures, limited visibility, heavy snowfall, and icy conditions. After considerable thought, NDOT may issue an advisory urging drivers to limit their travel or stay off the road entirely.
Not only does the reduction of drivers on the road reduce the likelihood of crashes occurring, but it also helps NDOT with removing ice and snow in a timely manner. To check the latest information regarding travel conditions, Nebraska residents may dial Nebraska's Advanced Traveler Information System at 511, or download the Nebraska 511 app on their smartphones.
Winter weather conditions, however, are only a contributing factor in crashes. It's usually the actions of negligent and reckless drivers that cause crashes during the winter.
When the roads are slick, it requires more time and distance to avoid a collision. Those who drive distracted or travel too fast are often the ones responsible for the catastrophes that occur during winter weather conditions.
Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash this winter, the Omaha car accident attorneys at Ausman Law Firm P.C., L.L.O. can help you take legal action. We have more than 10 years of experience holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. We can help crash victims maximize their compensation.
To find out how we can help you, contact us online and schedule your free consultation.