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York County Sheriff's Office: Be safe in winter weather

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YORK COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

With the possibility of winter weather coming to the area York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant would like to remind drivers of a few safety precautions when driving in inclement weather:

  • If possible stay home. Avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Allow more travel time; expect delays.
  • Decrease speed and increase distance between vehicles – it takes longer to stop on snow covered or icy roads.
  • Use your vehicles headlights at all times – So other drivers can see you better.
  • Clear all windows of snow and ice before leaving home or work.
  • Use caution on bridges and overpasses as most freeze before roadways.
  • Avoid using cruise control – cruise can cause the vehicle's wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.
  • Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
  • Charge your cell phone prior to leaving
  • Have a blanket in your car.
  • Let someone know when you leave home and estimated time of arrival to your destination.
  • If unfortunately you are involved in an accident be patient – weather also limits our capabilities and increases our response time; also, keep in mind that we will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service.
  • Move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve, a blind hill or a busy highway.
  • Drive safe.

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