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Winter hazards for North Carolina drivers

North Carolina may not be Alaska, but the Tar Heel State still presents driving hazards in the winter months. Do you know what they are and how to prepare for them? Awareness is the first step in taking action to protect your safety.

While this information may help you be a better driver, you still have to face other drivers' negligence on the road. If you get into an auto accident despite your best efforts, a personal injury attorney can help you seek the compensation and medical attention you need.

Daylight Saving Time

Your clocks are already an hour behind, but has your body caught up to it? Adjust your sleep schedule to avoid drowsy driving. In addition, be aware of the earlier sunset so you can watch out for pedestrians, cyclists and road hazards in the dark.

Deer

Beginning in October, deer are out and about due to mating season. Be alert and drive slowly in dark hours and wooded areas. If a deer crosses your path, do not swerve to avoid hitting it. This can cause harm to you and other motorists. Instead, decelerate and take your foot off the pedal upon impact to put your vehicle in a position that reduces the chances of the creature crashing through your windshield.

Weather

It does not take much rain or snow to make the roads slick and decrease tire traction. Always slow down your speed and increase your distance from other motorists when it is raining or snowing. Watch out for black ice on bridges and overpasses. Do not use cruise control, as it raises the chances of skidding or hydroplaning.

Additionally, make sure your car is ready for the weather. Keep the windshield clean and all of the vehicle clear of frost, snow and dirt. Replace worn tires and burned-out lights, and keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your trunk.

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