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Posted on: January 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Winter Weather Safety Tips

Winter weather, roadways

With freezing temperatures and possible winter weather this week, we want our residents and visitors to stay safe on the roads. Here are some helpful winter driving tips:
  • Slow down while driving
  • Use caution when crossing bridges or overpasses 
  • Don't brake on a bridge or overpass in icy conditions
  • In the case of a power outage, treat stoplights as a four-way stop 
  • Drive slowly & smoothly, without sudden brakes or speed changes 

Freezing rain and refreezing can lead to black ice, which is extremely hazardous ice that sticks to the road. Know the dangers of black ice and stay home if possible.

  • Black ice forms more readily in shady areas and under bridges and overpasses, but it can happen at any spot on the road
  •  It is transparent and smooth so virtually impossible to see while driving 
  • You can lose traction very easily on black ice and lose control of your vehicle
  • Black ice is more dangerous than snow for drivers
  • Bridges and overpasses freeze first - approach with caution when driving in freezing weather and do not brake when crossing.

At home, you can prepare for severe weather and ice with the following steps.

  • Trim weak or dead branches around your home 
  • Avoid parking your vehicle under trees
  • Shop for supplies before dangerous conditions begin and have a week's worth of food and medication
  • Prepare for power outages and close the doors to unused rooms to conserve heat
  • If the power does go out, bundle up in loose fitting layers and close blinds and curtains
  • Do not heat your home with your stove or oven 

Courtesy of NCDOT and NWS

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