Winter Driving in North Carolina
In North Carolina, we are blessed with a mild climate. The Appalachian Mountains keep those cold Canadian winds off our backs, and the Gulf Stream current warms our ocean shores. Severe weather for us is usually a summer thunderstorm. We hardly give a thought to winter driving — until it hits!
When a rare snowstorm blows through, most North Carolinians simply don’t know what to do. We simply haven’t had enough practice, so we tend to make mistakes, such as:
- Driving too fast — You may be overly confident in your car’s ability to handle the amount of snow on the ground. Be aware that your steering and braking will be affected by slippery conditions, and before anything tragic happens, slow down.
- Following too closely — Tailgating in sloppy conditions may result in a fender-bender or worse. Remember that the snow compromises your ability to stop. Keep at least one car length between yourself and the next car for every ten miles per hour you drive.
- Braking while on ice — When you cross an icy surface, the best thing to do is take your foot off the gas, because sudden braking may send you into a spin. If you do spin, remember to turn into it, which means turning the wheel in the same direction the tail of your vehicle is going.
- Driving on bald tires — Worn tires make driving on wet or slippery roads hazardous. To have adequate traction on snow and ice, your tires require at least 6/32-inch tread.
- Failing to remove all the snow and ice from your car — Snow and ice that remain on your car, particularly on your roof, have the potential to fly off and strike another vehicle.
Fortunately for most of us, the days when we have to drive in severe winter weather will be few. Still, a tragic auto accident only requires one opportunity. Following these basic tips will help keep you and your family safe.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto accident in the Charlotte area, the Law Offices of Brian deBrun PLLC is prepared to help. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 704-412-4258 or contact our Charlotte office online.