North Carolina may have wintry weather this week. Be careful on the roads! Based on statistics from the US Department of Transportation, weather-related accidents cause more fatalities than any natural disasters.
The Department of Transportation states there are nearly 6,000,000 vehicle crashes each year. About 21% of these crashes (1,235,000) are weather-related. Winter conditions also account for a percentage of accidents with 18% during snow/sleet and 13% on icy pavement.
So, what can you do to safe?
First, listen to our North Carolina Highway Patrol. If the Patrol asks you to stay home then you should try and stay home!
Second, practice safe driving:
- If the road conditions are bad, make sure that you slow down, at least 10 MPH below the speed limit.
- Look out for black ice along the roads. Black ice is nearly invisible and frequently forms near intersections due to nearby drains.
- Leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you. Unexpected stops from the car in front of you can result in rear-end crashes.
Please stay safe and use precaution when driving!