Tips for Driving and Securing Your Home During Wintery Weather

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As snow and sleet continue to fall, AAA Carolinas is warning motorists that the combination can result in dangerous winter driving conditions.

“Freezing temps and precipitation are not a good mix, for drivers on the road and for keeping your home warm and safe,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “When you are hunkering down this weekend, make sure your home is secure as well.”

AAA Carolinas offers the following tips for preparing your home for severe winter weather:

TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS:
· Stock up on essentials and emergency items. In case of loss of power or impassable roads, be sure to have several flashlights with batteries, a battery-powered radio and a car charger for your cell phone.
· Trim tree branches in your yard. Before the storm approaches, trim tree limbs that hang over power lines.
· If loss of power occurs. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer as much as possible to keep the temperature lower for a longer period of time. Unplug all appliances and leave only one light on to prevent a power surge.
· Prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Keep your home heated to a minimum of 65 degrees, open faucets enough to let them drip slowly and disconnect hoses from outside spigots. If pipes freeze, thaw them immediately or contact a plumber for assistance. Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover damage resulting from a freeze, but check your policy to make sure.

As snow and sleet continue to fall, AAA Carolinas is warning motorists that the combination can result in dangerous winter driving conditions.

“Snow, sleet and rain combined with possible freezing temperatures can result in layers of ice, topped with snow that are deceiving and extremely dangerous,” said Wright. “We are urging motorists to use extreme caution while driving and to avoid assuming that snowy roadways or those that appear wet are free from ice.”

As the precipitation changes throughout the day, it can also result in different road conditions in various areas across the Carolinas.

“Roadway conditions can change quickly and become treacherous very fast,” she added.

Conditions are favorable for black ice, which can be invisible to the naked eye after it forms on roads.

Black ice commonly forms on highly shaded areas, infrequently traveled roads, and on bridges and overpasses. In most cases, the ice appears to be the color of wet, dark asphalt, catching motorists off-guard and putting them in frightening situations.

“If you must drive, please do so with extreme caution, slow down and increase your following distance between vehicles to allow enough margin of safety between you and other drivers,” advised Wright.

For driving tips, please adhere to this AAA Carolinas release.

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