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Get the jump on winter

SMARTPHONE APP: NDROADS
• Free and available from the iTunes store and Google Play store.
• Custom designed for a smartphone or other smart device; same information as the traditional desktop DDOT travel information map. 
• NDRoads app features: road conditions; message center alerts about travel warnings; zoom feature; camera views of actual road conditions in real time; access to common routes; “Near Me” feature providing views of our location. 
• Motorists can still access customary information by calling 511.

DON’T CROWD THE PLOW!
• About 400 snowplows and tow plows help maintain the state roadways. 
• Stay back from snowplows as they are often throwing sand and salt material. 
• Monitor where the plow is on the roadway. It could be in either lane or on the shoulder. 
• A working plow poses danger. Be safe – stay behind the snowplow. Take great care when passing, don’t pass in white-outs from winds or from snowplow movement. 
• For snowplow, emergency vehicles pulled over on the side of the road, you must abide by the “Move Over Law” – move over to the adjacent lane if it is safe to do so.

WINTER SURVIVAL KIT
• Blankets, sleeping bag, warm clothing (parka, boots, long underwear, heavy socks, mittens, ski mask). 
• Heat source, such as a multiple wick candle can heater. Stick matches to light candle – extreme cold can disable lighter. 
• Water and a metal container suitable for melting snow for drinking water. 
• Radio, flashlight, extra batteries. 
• Food: hard candy, jellybeans, raisins, nuts, candy bars, dehydrated fruit, and jerky. 
• Other items: Reading material, to keep awake; a folding cup; toilet tissue.

GENERAL WINTER TRAVEL TIPS
• Carry a fully charged cell phone.
• Let someone know when you depart, your route and expected arrival time. 
• Dress according to weather conditions. Keep dry and wear clothing in layers. 
• Do not leave without a full fuel tank.

IF STRANDED:
• Stay with your vehicle. 
• Run the engine sparingly. Start with 15 minutes every hour and adjust if needed. 
• Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow. 
• In extreme cold, consider running continuously, as it may not restart if shut off.
• Never go to sleep with the engine running. 
• Move emergency supplies from trunk to vehicle interior. Put on warm clothing immediately.