NCDOT offers tips for driving on icy roads

NCDOT offers tips for driving on icy roads

The following is a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation:

NCDOT Crews on Standby to Combat Possible Snow and Ice in Central and East Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - With forecasters predicting the possibility of snow and ice in parts of central and east North Carolina Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance crews are on standby to combat slick road conditions.

The National Weather Service has much of the central and eastern part of the state under either a winter storm watch or winter storm advisory from Tuesday evening until noon Wednesday with local forecasters predicting freezing rain up to a quarter of an inch of ice on some surfaces. This could create slick conditions on roadways throughout the region on Wednesday, as well as create the potential for power problems.

Winter weather advisory: In effect from 7 p.m. this evening to noon Wednesday.

• Western Piedmont and Western Sandhills

• Freezing rain and a little sleet with accumulations of ice expected from a trace up to a tenth of an inch with a trace amount of sleet.

Winter Storm Watch: In effect from now through Wednesday morning.

• Eastern Piedmont, Coastal Plains and Eastern Sandhills

• Freezing rain and a little sleet with accumulations expected up to a quarter inch of ice with trace amounts of sleet.

In most counties, NCDOT maintenance crews went home midday today and will be back this evening to spread salt and sand into the morning on areas prone to slick conditions--- bridges, overpasses, ramps, as well as roads and highways.

And in most locations, brine operations won't help combat slippery road conditions with this storm due to rain today that would wash off the solution.

NCDOT offers tips for driving on icy roads:

Don't drive unless you need to. If you must, slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Do not use cruise control, and drive smoothly without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.

If you begin to slide, remember the following rules:

• Don't panic.

• Take your foot off of the accelerator.

• If you have to use the breaks, use them gently (antilock brakes should be applied with gentle, steady pressure; for standard, non-ABS brakes, pump the brake pedal gently to avoid locking up).

• Wait for the car to slow down enough to regain traction before gently accelerating.

• Yield the right of way at intersections.

Rear-wheel skids

• Steer your vehicle in the direction that your rear wheels are skidding.

• Avoid focusing on what your vehicle may be headed toward and instead focus on getting out of the skid.

Front-wheel skids

• Shift into neutral.

• Don't try to steer immediately.

• When your vehicle begins to slow down, steer in the direction that you want your vehicle to go.

• Put the vehicle into gear and gently accelerate.

For more information on driving safely in severe weather, click here.