The weather can be uncontrollable and unpredictable at times – and here in North Carolina the mornings and afternoons can often look and feel so different!
Lately, we’ve taken a look at some of the NC Department of Transportation (DOT) driving guidelines for wet and winter weather. They’ve been great reminders for us – and thought we should share them. After all, it’s never a bad thing to stay up to date on driving safety tips regardless of how long you’ve been behind the wheel.
Here are a few of the driving in wet or winter weather tips from the NC DOT:
- Turn on your headlights, as required by North Carolina law, while using your windshield wipers – regardless of the time of day.
- Turn on your low-beam headlights and use the defroster to increase visibility – regardless of whether it is day or night. High beams, or “brights,” could reflect off the fog and decrease visibility.
- You should have a supply kit that includes an ice scraper, snow brush, extra windshield wiper fluid, and anti-freeze and a basic automotive tool kit that includes jumper cables and flares.
- Put in supply kit in your trunk in case you get stranded. Include a flashlight, first-aid kit, blanket, shovel, sand (to give tires traction), non-perishable snacks, and drinking water and safety flares. You might want to include other items based on your personal needs.
- Be sure you have at least a half-tank of gas in your vehicle (short commutes can turn into long ones when a storm hits) and a full reservoir of windshield washer fluid.
We wish you safe driving this winter!