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.
• 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.