All in all, Nebraska is a pretty great place to live. But like any other place, there are a some things here you’ll want to steer clear of. Whether you live in Nebraska, are thinking of moving here, or are just planning a visit, these are the things you should avoid if at all possible.
1. Forgetting the sunscreen.
You'd think this would be a one-time mistake since it's so painful, but plenty of us continue to make it every summer.
2. Running out of groceries just before a storm.
If you're lucky, the store will look like this when you get there. If you get there 30 minutes after the rush, the shelves will pretty much be bare.
3. Running out of gas on a country road.
Depending on where you are, you could wait for hours before someone else drives by...or walk for hours before you find a gas station...or just cry a lot because there's no cell phone reception.
4. Letting your tires go bald.
Not only are you more likely to have a high-speed blowout - you'll have a really hard time driving in wet, icy, or snowy conditions. Get out a penny and check those treads!
5. Careless burning.
This year alone, there were so many property damaging grass fires because people burned trash or leaves - or started controlled burns - without the proper safety precautions. Prairie winds can quickly take a little spark and turn it into a huge fire.
6. Hiking in the fall without wearing some REALLY bright clothing.
You're likely to be mistaken for a deer...and that would make for a REALLY bad day.
7. Letting your attention wander while you're hiking in western Nebraska.
There are rattlers out there! Pay attention to where you put your feet.
8. Driving too fast on gravel roads.
Especially after a rain, and double especially if you aren't used to driving on gravel. And always be sure to watch out for deer, too!
9. Trying to drive on a flooded street during or after a flash flood.
It might look shallow, you might think your sedan can make it through, but if you try to drive through the deep flood water there's a good chance your car will stall. And if water gets into your engine and stays there, the news won't be great for your car.
10. Being caught without a tornado plan.
Storms are always fun to watch, but you have to know what to do when stuff gets real. Have a safe place to ride out the storm - and a few emergency supplies are always a good idea, too.
11. Ground blizzards.
The dreaded ground blizzard happens when there's snow or ice on the ground and strong winds whip it around, creating a total white-out around you. It's one of the scariest things that can happen while you're driving.
12. Road construction.
Just kidding - you can't avoid it! Just learn to handle it with minimal rage.
13. Trying to drive in downtown Lincoln on game day.
The stadium famously becomes the third-largest "city" in the state when the Huskers are playing there.
14. Insulting the Huskers in any way.
Those guys up there? They're serious about their football team, and there are soooo many of them. If you can't say anything nice about the Huskers, it's best to just not say anything about them.
15. Buying into the "Nebraska is boring" stereotype.
We have so much more to do here than most people expect. There's no reason to be bored - whether you live here or you're just passing through.
Go ahead and chime in, Nebraska – what are some other things people in our lovely state should stay away from if they can?