CHARLOTTE --Crews from theN.C. Department of Transportationare finishing final brining operations in the Foothills region and will be prepared to respond to snow, sleet or ice as it moves into the area today.
Brining operations started Sunday in NCDOT's Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.Crews placed more than 50,000 gallons of brine oninterstates, major highwaysand elevated roadways like bridges and overpasses.
Throughout the day today, crews willcontinue to monitor the forecast and preparefor snow and ice removal operations. Contractors will be on standby to supplement NCDOT's response, if needed.
Driving in snow or ice conditions can be stressful and dangerous. Don't travel on the roads unless absolutely necessary.
- Clear all windows and mirrors of snow and ice. It might be helpful to let your vehicle run for several minutes with both front and rear defrosters on to help the process along.
- Remove as much loose snow as possible from your vehicle's trunk, roof and hood to keep snow from blowing off and obscuring your vision and that of drivers behind you. Clear off your rear bumper to expose the license plate.
- Be sure that headlights, tail lights, external mirrors and marker lights are free of obscuring snow and ice.
- Bring your cell phone with you, even on short trips. You never know when you might need it.
- Slow down and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. We can't stress this enough. Excessive speed is the number one cause of winter weather accidents.
- Do not use your cruise control.
- Drive smoothly, without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.
- Bridges and overpasses freeze long before other parts of the roadway. Use extreme caution and avoid using your brakes on the bridges (this is where slowing down and leaving plenty of space is most important).
- If you find yourself behind one of our vehicles, be sure to leave plenty of space so they can safely apply the brine, sand or salt on the roads. They are usually slower than the rest of the traffic, so pass with extreme caution.
For more safe-driving tips and information about how NCDOT responds to inclement weather, visit the Department's severe weatherwebsite.
For real-time travel information at any time, call511, visit theTraveler Servicessection of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT onTwitter. You can also accessNCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from your mobile browser.