RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
maintenance crews in the 14 counties making up NCDOT's Division One in northeastern North Carolina have been busy today preparing area roads for the latest round of winter weather.Maintenance crews in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties spread salt brine on all N.C. and U.S. routes throughout the region earlier today, as well as on major secondary roads. Salt brine is a mix of salt and water used to prevent ice from forming and adhering to road surfaces. Crews are on standby and ready to plow roads and spread salt and sand where necessary. With temperatures forecasted to drop below freezing in some areas of the division, crews will also be prepared to address any areas of black ice overnight and in to Tuesday morning.NCDOT has produced several videos showing how maintenance crews use salt and sand to contend with snow and ice, and how crews determine the order in which they clear roads. These videos and many others are available on the NCDOT YouTube page. NCDOT offers the following safety tips for driving in winter weather: Clear windows and mirrors; Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles; Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary; If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car; Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop; If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement in the event of an emergency by dialing 911; and Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.