Most North Carolinians Unaware of Winter Driving Safety

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

North Carolina snow accidentAccording to MarketWatch, a recent GMAC Insurance survey has revealed that many in North Carolina are not aware of important winter driving tips. Although North Carolina has milder winters than many other states across the county, our state is still subject to snow storms and has more ice storms than many other regions - storms that are actually more dangerous and more difficult to safely drive in.

The survey found that North Carolina drivers were stumped in many critical areas of winter driving safety:

  • 46 percent didn't know to keep their gas tank at least half full so that the car can provide heat in case of emergency
  • 24 percent did not know the "Skidding Golden Rule": Turn your wheel in the direction of the skid
  • 38 percent did not know the dangers of driving with cruise control during adverse weather conditions
  • 70 percent had a false sense of security when driving an SUV, truck, or car with four-wheel drive

GMAC also provided readers with a safety checklist for cold weather driving in North Carolina. The first section of the checklist covers preparing your car for the winter months. Drivers should check battery charge, get the inside of the windshield cleaned, get the tires checked, and make sure they have antifreeze.

The second section of the checklist covers safety essentials that everyone should keep in their car: tools, a spare tire, jumper cables, salt, cat litter, a flash light, flares, a snow shovel, ice scraper, and warm clothes and gloves.

Even though North Carolina doesn't experience winter weather for prolonged amounts of time, even one or two storms a season can be dangerous if you don't know how to drive in extreme conditions.