As we prepare to travel for the holidays, it’s a perfect time to review safe practices for driving in extreme cold conditions. Freezing rain and Black Ice are common when the temperature hovers just around 32 °F. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination, drive slowly and without distractions, and follow these other tips provided by the Nebraska Department of Roads.
- Know before you go! Before you ever plan to drive, check 511.nebraska.gov or your 511 app for current road conditions.
- Make sure you have enough fuel. Keep at least half a tank.
- Clear all snow fro the hood (especially the air intake vents), roof, windows, and lights. Clear all windows of fog.
- If you are forced to stop at the side of the road, put on emergency flashers.
- Carrying a cell phone gives you an edge in an emergency. A car charger for the phone battery, or an extra charged battery is also a good idea. Never use the phone while you are driving the car.
- Give yourself extra time to travel, plan your route and let someone know your destination, the highways you will travel on, and when you will be expected.
- Keep to the main roads. Avoid passing another vehicle when weather conditions are bad.
- Wear warm clothing that does not restrict movement. Dressing in layers is always a good idea.
- Pack a Vehicle Survival Kit and keep it in the trunk of the car at all times.
Also, check out this useful infographic that details how to drive on Black Ice.