OMAHA – With winter weather taking over the second weekend of October the Auto Club Group, AAA is warning motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions.
According to a release, AAA recommends using the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s 511 Advanced Traveler Information System to monitor road conditions. Their system provides the public with helpful information that will assist commuters and travelers along Nebraska’s highway system. There are three ways to access their 24-hour-a-day, year-round Nebraska road condition and traveler information system—by mobile app, website and phone.
Nebraska 511 features an app that works on smartphones and tablets operating on the Apple and Android platforms. Visit the App Store or Google Play and search for Nebraska 511.
The 511 website can be accessed at www.511.nebraska.gov. Once there, a wealth of information including road conditions, camera views of selected roadways and colored-coded roadways to show speeds to indicate a slowdown in real-time is provided. The Snow Plow Tracker gives website visitors a glimpse at plows clearing roadways.
The 511 voice-activated phone menu system does not provide weather forecasts but it will provide current road condition information. To access 511 via a cell phone within Nebraska dial 511 or if calling from outside of Nebraska or using a landline from anywhere in the U.S., dial 800-906-9069.
At this time of year, AAA recommends that motorists keep winter weather emergency supplies in their vehicle including a cell phone, cell phone charger, boots, socks, gloves, stocking cap, blankets, a coffee can filled with candles and matches, a flashlight as well as a reflective triangle.