Driving in severe weather

Taken from NCDOT

Bad weather can strike at any time, creating hazardous driving conditions so it’s imperative that motorists are familiar with some important safety tips in order to stay safe.

  • Prepare ahead of time by checking to make sure vehicle tires and brakes are in good condition.
  • If you must drive, stay alert and be ready for sudden stops. Allow for at least twice the normal following distance between vehicles when the road is wet; 
  • If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas, lightly apply the brakes and then steer in the direction of the skid;
  • Remember that state law requires you to turn on your headlights when using your windshield wipers; 
  • For those with automatic headlights, check and make sure they’re on when it’s raining, but possibly not dark enough for them to turn on; and
  • Avoid driving through standing pools of water or flooded areas. A foot of rushing water can carry away many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry many pickups and SUVs. Most flood-related drownings occur when someone drives through standing or rushing water and their vehicle is swept away.

Slowing down and taking a few extra minutes can save lives. For more severe weather driving tips, visit

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