(Undated) -- The Nebraska State Patrol is asking motorists to use extreme caution while out driving during this week's frigid temperatures.
The NSP says over the weekend, troopers responded to well over 200 weather-related incidents on the road. Troopers performed 179 motorist assists and responded to 31 crashes.
The state patrol says if you get stranded while out driving, please stay with your vehicle and call for help. “The cold temperatures we are expecting throughout the state this week can be dangerous,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “It’s critical that motorists are prepared in the event they become stranded while traveling. That preparation includes knowing what you need to do and having the proper items with you to help.”
The NSP says your vehicle is the best shelter from the elements and is the easiest thing for emergency personnel to spot while looking for a stranded motorist. Any motorist who becomes stranded can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555 and speak directly with an NSP dispatcher.
All travelers are also urged to keep a winter weather survival kit in their vehicle. Some basic items to include are: First Aid Kit, phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and winter accessories, jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit, matches, candles, red flag or bandana, high energy or dehydrated foods and bottled water.
The state patrol says anyone traveling should use well-traveled routes and let others know your destination route, and estimated time of arrival. They say that information can assist in locating a stranded vehicle.
(Photo by Nebraska State Patrol)