LINCOLN – As winter storms approach, motorists, as always, need to be alert, be aware and check the most up-to-date travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System.
The system is available at all times via Nebraska 511’s smartphone app, online at www.511.nebraska.gov or by dialing 511 on a mobile device within the state, or if dialing from a landline or outside Nebraska at 1-800-906-9069.
“It gives you the most up-to-date road conditions across the state,” said Jeni Campana, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
Another tool with the 511 system is the Waze app in which drivers can report in on what they are experiencing on the roads at that very moment, Campana said.
“It’s a good tool for people to know what routes are like out there and what people can expect,” she said.
Information from this app is shared with the 511 app.
“They feed off each other,” Campana said.
She also had this advice, especially for morning commuters.
“Check early in the morning to see what conditions are like.”
Motorists should drive slower than normal when wintry conditions occur, Campana said.
Caution is also advised when approaching snow plows, she said. Motorists should slow down since these trucks are traveling at a slower speed and there should be plenty of space between the plow and the vehicle, she said.
“Never pass a plow on the right because they are equipped with wing plows that extend beyond the truck itself,” Campana said.
Furthermore, the driver and all the passengers should be wearing their seat belts and that children should be in a car safety seat. Drivers should never use cruise controls in wet or snowy weather and a full gas tank is recommended.