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Winter storm safety tips

Winter storm safety tips

Here are some winter driving safety tips from the Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Roads.

* Wear seat belts.

* Never drive faster than conditions allow.

* Never use cruise control in wet, slick or snow-packed conditions.

* Increase following distance to allow time to react to other vehicles.

* Drive with headlights on and make sure all vehicle lights and windows are clear of snow.

* Travel during daylight hours on well-traveled routes, allowing plenty of time to reach your destination.

* Let others know where you are going, when you will arrive and what route you will be taking.

* If you get stranded, stay with your car until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life-threatening. Run the engine for a few minutes every hour to reheat the interior of the car, making sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked. Keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide.

* Tie a visible item such as a red handkerchief to the highest point on the vehicle, often the antenna.

* Keep a winter weather survival kit in the trunk or cargo area.

Reach Algis J. Laukaitis at 402-473-7243 or alaukaitis@journalstar.com.

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