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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
748 AM EST Wed Dec 6 2017

DECEMBER 3-9, 2017...

This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in
North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be
issuing Informative messages to help you prepare for winter
weather. Today we will focus on winter weather driving tips to
keep in mind when snow and ice are forecast.

Driving in winter weather:

Seventy-five percent of all winter weather related deaths occur on
the road, either in accidents or by people becoming stranded. When
the weather is bad and driving conditions are poor, the best bet
is to stay at home. However, if you must venture out, the
following tips could make for a safer journey.

1) Make sure your car is in good running condition. Make sure that
your battery, antifreeze, windshield wipers, ignition and
thermostat are all in good working order. Be sure your tires have
enough tread. Replace any of these items if necessary.

2) If you must go out when snow and ice are on the ground, let
someone know your destination and when you plan to arrive. Also
take a cell phone with you if possible.

3) Clean snow and ice off all parts of your car before you drive

4) Keep your gas tank as full as possible when snow and ice are
forecast. This will not only give you added peace of mind, it also
increases the weight of your car and this will provide additional

5) Keep the following basic items in your car - windshield scraper
and brush, booster/jumper cables, a tow chain or rope, bag of sand
or salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.

6) Overall drive slow. Driving at even posted speeds is extremely
dangerous when snow and ice are on the road. Many vehicles will
lose traction especially at higher speeds resulting in serious
accident and vehicle rollovers.

7) Steer your car into the skid. If your vehicle loses traction
and begins to skid, steer the front tires into the direction of
the skid. Never hit your brakes as this will result in a more
serious skid and spinning of the vehicle. When your vehicle skids
keep your cool and remain calm. Again driving at slower speeds
will help you recover from a skid.

If you get stranded on the road:
1) Stay in your car! Do not seek alternate shelter unless it is
close by or already visible. You can easily become disoriented in
heavy snow and cold temperatures. Take a cell phone with you when
you travel if possible.

2) Periodically turn on the car engine for brief periods. This
will help provide heat to the inside of the car. However, to avoid
carbon monoxide gas buildup, clear the exhaust pipe of snow and
leave a downwind window slightly open for ventilation.

3) Make yourself visible by tying a colored cloth to your antenna
or door, or by turning on your dome light when running the engine.

Being prepared for winter weather means having the necessary
information to make the right decisions. Weather forecasts play a
large role in this decision making process. The National Weather
Service recommends that you regularly check its web site or tune
into NOAA Weather Radio, local television and local radio in order
to keep informed of weather conditions and forecasts this winter.

Additional winter weather preparedness resources:
NWS winter safety page:
North Carolina Department of Public Safety preparedness page:
FEMA`s winter preparedness page:

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