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
- 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;
- 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 the NCDOT website.