”Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” is the chant all the New Hanover County kids are chanting this morning as they await their winter wonderland. In anticipation of inclement weather New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, and other surrounding counties have all cancelled school today and will probably do the same for tomorrow. In addition to schools being cancelled, many courts are closed as well.
While hopes are to get the fun and exciting snow, for now it seems that it is just a lot of sleet and ice. This can cause for slick and dangerous roads, especially for those who are not familiar with driving in these types of conditions. A good rule of thumb is to just stay off the roads, however if you must go out driving here are a few tips for safe driving:
1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop
2. When braking, brake gently to avoid skidding and if your wheels start to lock up then ease off the break.
3. Turn your lights on to increase your visibility to other motorists.
4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
5. Use lower gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
6. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive
7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
Be careful on the roads and avoid any unnecessary trips out of the house, yet if you or someone you know finds yourself in an accident or with a citation during this arctic takeover, then please contact us at Collins Law Firm at