During the winter months here in western North Carolina, the Highway Patrol is offering simple and safe driving tips. The weather in North Carolina is often times unpredictable and this time of year you never know when to expect black ice, snow, icy roads or a mixture of road conditions. The Highway Patrol is asking motorists to be prepared this winter season.
"Winter weather brings new obstacles and responsibilities that the motoring public will experience anytime inclement weather moves into our state. Despite a rather mild winter so far, North Carolina's weather can often change from one day to the next,” says Patrol spokesman, Lt. Jeff Gordon. "It's important that we monitor this weather system and plan accordingly."
Here are a few simple steps to help keep you on the road and less anxious:
Collision Information– first, be patient. Winter weather also limits our capabilities and increases our response time; also, keep in mind that we will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service. Attempt to move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or a blind hill. If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the roadway, attempts to recover your vehicle will have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations.
Road Conditions - to check the status of road conditions, motorists are asked to go to the Department of Transportation's website at http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/. The public is not advised to dial 911 or the Highway Patrol Communication Centers for road conditions.
However, citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Highway Patrol by dialing *Hp or *47 on their cellular phones. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
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