Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
Pausing Construction for Holiday Weekend
The N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make travel easier.
When travelling this Memorial Day weekend, it is essential to remember your most important job - to be a safe driver.
Transportation officials encourage motorists to focus on the road and avoid distractions when driving.
Below are some tips to help you safely navigate to the mountains, the coast, or a destination in between:
Get a head start by leaving early and travel when traffic is lightest.
Stay alert. You may encounter narrower lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
Be patient and obey the speed limit.
Don't drive drowsy. Take a break and enjoy one of more than 60 rest areas in North Carolina.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing patrols this weekend as part of the Memorial Day "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which runs through June 4.
Be sure to buckle up every seat, every time.
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Avoiding used car scams
The North Carolina DMV's License and Theft Bureau is advising consumers in the market to buy a car to be aware when purchasing used vehicles.
"Some of the problems we see are, When I bought this vehicle, I didn't now this' or I didn't have this disclosed to me,'" Inspector Rodney Smith said. "They were not aware that it had a salvaged title or that it may have been a flood vehicle."
The bureau has a few tips to help you avoid being scammed when making a purchase.
Have a mechanic check the car
Whether a friend who knows cars goes with you, or if you drop it off at your favorite mechanic during a test drive, learn as much as possible about the condition of the vehicle and its components.
Ask to see the title
Do not buy a vehicle from an individual unless you verify that it belongs to them.
View the inspection report
Every vehicle being offered for sale to the general public must be inspected, and it cannot be on a lot unless its passed inspection.
More helpful information is available online at NCDOT.gov/DMV