Heavy rain and flash flooding can create hazardous
driving conditions, thereby increasing the likelihood of a wreck.
Signal for turns and brake earlier than usual as you near a turn or stop.
Be patient and do not pass lines of traffic.
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.
- Avoid driving through pools of standing water – even if they seem shallow. Water could be covering road hazards, such as holes, fallen power lines or debris.
- Also, avoid flooded areas. A foot of water, for example, can cause vehicles to float, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles, including SUVs and pick-up trucks.
- If your vehicle begins to hydroplane – when your tires glide across the surface of the water on a road – take your foot off the gas and apply the brakes in a steady, slightly firm manner (don't stomp on them). Then steer in the direction of the skid.
- For manual transmissions, push in the clutch and let the vehicle slow down on its own.
- For automatic transmissions, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply the brakes.
- For vehicles with anti-lock brakes, apply more steady pressure to the brakes, but avoid pumping them.